Machine Readable Passport (MRP)
Holders of Bangladeshi passports can replace their existing hand-written passports with Machine Readable Passport (MRP). Hand-written passports are being gradually phased out and will not be accepted for international travel by many countries. Some countries have already discontinued issuance of visas on hand-written passports. It is highly recommended to get replace the existing passports to MRP as soon as possible. MRPs are issued with a validity of 5 (five) years.
To obtain an MRP, the additional information needed is the 17-digit code contained in either a Bangladesh National ID card or a (recent) Birth Registration Certificate. Those who are NOT in possession of 17 digits Birth Registration Certificate may obtain it by sending a copy of their valid Bangladesh passport to their respective City Corporation/ Municipality/ Union Parishad.
Steps to follow to obtain Machine Readable Passports (MRP)
Step-1: Collect Machine Readable Passport Form
and fill-in the MRP application form. Please follow the instructions on page 4 of the form.
The following are the basic documents needed along with the application:
– National ID card or original birth registration certificate with 17 digits registration code
– Existing Bangladeshi Passport along with the copies of pages 1 through 7
– Two copies of passport-size photo [size: 55X45mm] on the application form. If the applicant is a child under the age of 15, parents’ photos [30X25mm] are required to be appended on the application form. In certain cases, either of the parent’s photos will be accepted [Like if parents are divorced/ either parent is not alive etc.].
Step-2: Make an appointment
The applicant needs to make a prior appointment with the Consular Section of the Embassy over phone by calling +31(0)70 328 3722 or email to obtain a date and time to visit to the Embassy. Prior appointment is a requirement.
Step-3: Visit for biometry and submit the MRP application form:
The applicant needs to come to the Embassy in person on the date and time confirmed with the Embassy. Applicant’s physical presence is required to take applicant’s picture, finger prints and signature electronically.
Step-4: Payment of fees:
Applicable fees (non-refundable) are to be paid electronically at the counter. The fee for issuance from the Netherlands is €100 (Regular). [There is no provision of urgent delivery, as the passports are processed and printed in Dhaka, and sent to the Embassy for delivery].
Step-5: Biometry at the MRP enrolment booth:
Applicant’s fingerprints, signature on electronic pad and a photograph will be taken at the enrolment booth at the Consular Section of the Embassy. Then the existing Bangladesh Passport of the applicant will be returned along with a delivery slip.
Step-6: Preparation of the passport by Department of Immigration and Passport in Dhaka:
The data collected at the enrolment booth (fingerprints, signature, photograph, scanned documents) are transmitted in real time to the Department of Immigration & Passport in Dhaka. After due verification (Police/finger print etc.) by the concerned authorities, Machine Readable Passport will be printed and sent to the Embassy for delivery to the applicant.
Note: It takes an average of two months before the passport reaches the embassy for delivery. In a few instances, additional time may be required before the Embassy gets the passports from Dhaka.
Setp-7: Delivery of passport:
After the enrolment, the applicant will be given a tentative date of delivery of Machine Readable Passport. The Consular Section of the Embassy will contact the applicant once the passport arrives. Upon confirmation from the Embassy, the applicant needs to come to the Embassy in person along with his/her hand-written Bangladeshi Passport and the delivery slip. The new MRP will be handed over along with a cancelled seal on the old passport