(i) All participants should have a valid passport or travel document (valid for at least six months) in order to enter the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. The Government of Bangladesh intends to issue visas, free of charge, to all delegates who will be attending the 136th IPU Assembly, including members of parliament attending the Assembly as participants designated by IPU Members and Associate Members; members of parliament attending the Assembly as Observers with a view to future affiliation of the Parliament in question to the IPU; members of delegations of international organizations or other bodies invited by the Governing Council to follow the work of the Assembly as Observers; IPU officials and staff taking part in the Assembly; special guests invited by the IPU on official business; and advisers, experts, Secretariat staff and accompanying persons officially attached to above-mentioned delegations and persons.
(ii) All applicants for entry visas to Bangladesh are requested to contact a Bangladesh Embassy/Consulate accredited to their country and close to their place of residence in order to obtain the appropriate visa (See Annex 2 for the List of Bangladesh Missions Abroad). Invitation letters sent directly by the Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat or by the IPU on behalf of the Bangladesh Parliament must be attached to the visa application forms.
(iii) Visa applications will not be processed unless registration for the 136th IPU Assembly has been completed. In order to obtain an entry visa before travelling to Bangladesh, delegates are advised to submit applications well ahead of time.
(iv) In exceptional circumstances and in cases where delegates are not able to obtain visas prior to their arrival due to the absence of an Embassy/diplomatic representation of Bangladesh in their country of residence, visas will be issued on arrival at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In such situations, the participants are requested to communicate to the 136th IPU Assembly Cell, Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat, at least three weeks in advance of their arrival with a scanned copy of main page(s) of their passports.
At other international checkpoints during transit or at the place of origin, applicants for visas upon arrival must present the Invitation Letter of the Bangladesh Parliament or the letter of the IPU on behalf of the Bangladesh Parliament, along with the official Diplomatic Note confirming the visa on arrival.
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