UK sets up digital boards at Dhaka, Sylhet airports

Aditi Khanna, London
Published : 09:31, Aug 14, 2019 | Updated : 09:34, Aug 14, 2019

Robert Chatterton Dickson, Britain`s High Commissioner to Bangladesh at Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport, Dhaka on Aug 13, 2019.The British High Commission in Bangladesh, in collaboration with Civil Aviation Authority in the country, has set up digital messaging boards in the arrival areas of Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport in Dhaka and International and Domestic arrivals at Osmani International Airport in Sylhet.

Robert Chatterton Dickson, Britain's High Commissioner to Bangladesh, along with Group Captain Abu Sayeed Mehboob Khan, Airport Director of Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport, inaugurated the digital messaging boards recently.

Dickson said: “Over 100,000 British nationals travel to and from Bangladesh each year and most of the visits are trouble-free.

“Our consular team provides assistance to British nationals in a wide range of issues, the level and type of assistance we offer is tailored to the individual circumstances of each case.”

The digital boards at the two airports will display essential information on the UK’s consular assistance for British nationals, emergency helpline 999, and useful advice for British nationals who are travelling to Bangladesh. Dickson also stressed on the need for comprehensive travel insurance as part of his advice for British travellers planning a trip to Bangladesh, which will help pay for any medical emergency or additional flights if as a result, their travel plans have to change.

The UK government said the initiative to create digital messaging boards is a part of the British High Commission’s ongoing consular assistance for British nationals travelling to the country. The assistance from the consular section includes providing emergency travel documents to British nationals in urgent need of travel and helping to contact friends and family in the UK, necessary support to the victims of forced marriages or any British national who got arrested or detained in Bangladesh, and supporting grieving families so that they can cope with a bereavement.