Finally Bangladesh Bank has withdrew  the authorization requirement for online  payments using international cards to make transactions.

Through a notice Bangladesh bank said that “ it has been decided to waive online transaction authorisation form, OTAF, for payments abroad through international cards," .

The central bank relaxed the requirement against the backdrop of criticism raised by different quarters, including the Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services, BASIS.

On November 14, the central bank issued a notification with imposing restriction on overseas online payments through international cards.

Under the BB's previous notification, international credit cardholders were required to submit such forms to banks concerned, mentioning their name, card number, beneficiary name, amount of foreign currency and details of products and services to be purchased.

"We've waived the formalities for online payments abroad in consultation with stakeholders," a BB s

A review meeting with the stakeholders, including the representatives of the BASIS, held at the central bank headquarters in Dhaka on Sunday November 24. BB executive director Mohd Humayun Kabir presided over the meeting.

The central bank also asked the authorised dealer, AD, banks for taking necessary arrangements to restrict illegal online payments abroad through Bangladeshi cards.

Such payments include participating in online casino or gambling, trading in foreign exchange or stocks, purchase of crypto currencies/lottery ticket, buying of goods/services originated in Bangladesh, etc.

The ADs will observe KYC and AML/CFT standards, follow usual reporting routine to the BB, and ensure compliance of regulations concerning duties or taxes applicable to the transactions, it noted.

Meanwhile, a writ petition was filed on Sunday with the High Court seeking its rule upon the respondents to show cause as to why the issuance of the circular by the foreign exchange policy department of the BB should not be declared illegal.

The circular made submission of the online form before every foreign currency transaction by international cards issued by local banks mandatory.

Md Mahmudul Hassan, a Supreme Court lawyer, filed the petition, saying that the circular violated the fundamental rights of the freelancers and Bangladeshi travelers.

This is "harmful" for the economy of Bangladesh, he added.  Bangladesh Bank governor has been made respondent to the petition.

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