Applying for a Bangladeshi visa - the second attempt

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To summarise what we learnt about Bangladeshi visas: if you want to apply for one in India, then do it in Kolkata, not in Delhi; it's much easier!

We headed to the Bangladeshi Consulate in Kolkata and submitted our visa applications. We'd kept the forms we'd filled in from the last time, so we didn't have to do that again. They only required one copy of the form, and there was a separate queue for non-Indians, so we were able to submit the application quickly and head off to do some sight-seeing.

We returned at the appointed hour to collect our visas (on the same day!). This was the only downside: we had to wait something like two hours after the appointed time before we got our passports back, but when we did the visa had been granted as requested.

Interestingly, while we were waiting outside the consulate to collect our visas we got chatting to some other travellers who were waiting for their visas: one from the US and one from Norway. We'd all been charged different amounts for our visas; apparently it's some sort of reciprocity thing based on what we charge Bangladeshis for their visas. It was cheapest to be Norwegian!

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