Dhaka : A Hajj pilgrim can carry up to US$1000 or equivalent currencies while performing the forthcoming pilgrimage.
This is applicable for both ballotee and non-ballootee Hajis, according to a circular issued by Bangladesh Bank.
This amount is completely out of the overall expenses estimated by the ministry concerned for performing the next pilgrimage, known as Hajj.
The next Hajj is likely on August 9 depending on the sighting of the Arabic month moon.
Sources at the foreign currency policy department of the Bangladesh Bank told media that the central bank kept unchanged the amount as it believes that this amount is sufficient to bear the costs during the Hajj performance.
"This is completely a Bangladesh Bank issue. And we did not revise the amount considering the financial burden of a Hajj pilgrim," said an official at the department of the BB.
The Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (HAAB), secretary general, M Shahadat Hossain Taslim, hailed the central bank decision as there are many individuals who had already spent their yearly foreign currency ceiling.
"I think this will help facilitate many especially for those who have already spent their limit of carrying foreign currency in abroad."
Under the Foreign Exchange Regulations for Individuals, a Bangladeshi national is allowed to carry up to $12,000 or other equivalent currency in cash or credit for all their travels abroad in a year.