People's Republic of Bangladesh
Travel Warnings: Issued when Protracted situations make a country dangerous or unstable. Defer or reconsider travel.
Travel Alerts: Issued when short-term conditions pose imminent threats. Defer or reconsider travel.
Embassy Messages: Issued when local security issues arise.
Six months beyond planned stay.
Required, and must be in a valid passport.
Hepatitis A, typhoid fever vaccinations required; Hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis, Rabies vaccinations recommended. There is no risk of Yellow Fever in Bangladesh; however proof of Yellow Fever vaccination is required if traveling from a country with a risk of Yellow Fever and the traveler is older than one year of age.
USD 5, 000 and above must be declared.
You cannot depart with more USD than you declared upon entry. Bangladeshi Taka (BDT) greater than 5,000 BDT cannot be taken out of the country.
Bangladesh is located on the northern edge of the Bay of Bengal; it is bordered on three sides by India and also shares a border with Burma. Approximately 160 million people inhabit Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a parliamentary democracy with a unicameral legislature. The nation is a developing country with significant infrastructure shortcomings. Outside of Dhaka, tourist facilities are underdeveloped, as are capacities to deal with emergency situations.
See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Bangladesh for information about U.S.-Bangladesh relations.
Passports and Visas:
HIV/AIDS: Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors to and foreign residents of Bangladesh. Please verify this information with the Embassy of Bangladesh before you travel.
Customs: For information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information page
The U.S. government assesses that the terrorist threat remains real and credible and that further terrorist attacks could occur against foreigners in Bangladesh. U.S. citizens in Bangladesh should take precautions, remain vigilant, and be alert to local security developments.
Since 2015, ISIS-affiliated terrorists have conducted over 30 attacks that targeted foreigners, religious minorities, and local police/security services. In March 2017, ISIS claimed responsibility for at least three bombings in multiple locations in Bangladesh, including two suicide attacks that targeted security forces near Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. The third bombing transpired during a police raid against suspected terrorists, killing seven onlookers and injuring 40. If you observe high-profile police activity, depart the area immediately. These three bombings were the first major terrorist attacks in the country since July 2016, when ISIS attacked a Dhaka restaurant frequented by Westerners, killing 20 hostages, including a U.S. citizen.
Al-Qa’ida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) retains a presence in Bangladesh; the group last carried out attacks in 2015 and 2016 that killed several secular bloggers, publishers, and human rights activitists; a U.S. citizen was among the victims.
Current aviation safety and security protocols for Bangladeshi airports are not equivalent to those of the United States. The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has raised significant aviation security concerns, as have the United Kingdom Department for Transport, and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regarding Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. In November 2016, an individual armed with a knife attempted to gain entry to the airport through the international departures access point. As of June 2017, the European Union joined Australia in banning direct air cargo services and shipments from Bangladesh pending improvements to Dhaka’s security screening procedures. DOD personnel are prohibited from using Biman Airlines.
The following groups, including several on the U.S. government’s list of designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations, are active in Bangladesh:
U.S. government officials and their adult family members must follow these security and travel restrictions:
Specific Areas to Avoid:
Fire: Fires in Bangladesh are both common and extremely dangerous. To call the fire department, dial 199 in Dhaka or (88) (02) 199 outside of Dhaka, or call by mobile phone from anywhere in Bangladesh by dialing (88) 01713-038181, (88) 01713-038182 or (88) 01730-336699.
Crime: Dhaka's crime rate is high. Crime dramatically increases at night. Urban crime can be organized or opportunistic, conducted by individuals or groups, and commonly encompasses acts such as fraud, theft, robbery carjacking, rape, assault, and burglary. Incidents of crime and levels of violence are higher in low-income residential and congested commercial areas, but are seen in wealthier areas as well, including the Diplomatic Enclave in Dhaka.
Victims of Crime: Victims of crime should contact the U.S. Embassy and the police. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
To report a crime locally you may contact:
The U.S. Embassy can:
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.
For further information:
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan covers you when you are outside of the United States.
Medical Care: Quality of care is below U.S. standards, but most common illnesses can be treated locally. U.S. citizens often travel outside of Bangladesh for complicated medical treatment, including routine surgical procedures.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention specific for Bangladesh
Further Health Information:
Criminal Penalties: You must obey all laws in Bangladesh.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Dual Nationality: U.S. citizens holding both U.S. and Bangladeshi citizenship may not be immediately recognized as U.S. citizens by the local authorities and may initially be treated as Bangladeshi citizens.
Forced Marriage: A marriage must be entered into with the full and free consent of both individuals. The Embassy can provide help and advice if a U.S. citizen is being forced into a marriage against his or her will. Please refer to the U.S. Embassy’s information on forced marriage. All travelers to Bangladesh, including Bangladeshi citizens, should maintain possession of their passports and return plane tickets to ensure independence to travel.
Registration for Renters: The Bangladesh Government registers all residents, requesting biodata and other personal information. This registration is mandatory for all renters, but is voluntary for home-owners and for foreigners. Foreigners who are dual nationals or who once held Bangladesh nationality or who have a “no visa required” stamp in their passports will be considered Bangladeshi for registration purposes.
Bangladesh is in a zone 2B earthquake fault region, with a moderate probability of damaging ground motion. The overwhelming majority of structures in Bangladesh would not withstand a moderate earthquake. Although earthquakes are more likely to occur in the north of the country, destruction from an earthquake is expected to be most acute in urban areas. Post-earthquake disaster relief capabilities are extremely limited.
You should make contingency plans for your travel in Bangladesh and leave emergency contact information with family members outside of Bangladesh. General information about natural disaster preparedness is available from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and at Ready.gov. For more information on disaster preparedness, please click on the following links:
Women Travelers: If you are a woman traveling abroad, please review our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:
LGBTI Rights: Consensual same-sex sexual activity is criminalized in Bangladesh and penalties include up to life imprisonment. See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details. In 2016, AQIS specifically targeted and killed a prominent member of the Bangladesh LGBTI community in his apartment because of his human rights activism and sexual orientation.
Persons with Mobility Issues: Public transportation, sidewalks, many buildings, and public areas are not wheelchair accessible.
Road Conditions and Safety:
Road accidents, including fatal head-on collisions, are common in Bangladesh. When traveling by road you should:
If a serious accident occurs, or if a driver hits a pedestrian or livestock, crowds quickly gather and the behavior of the crowd is often unpredictable. The vehicle and its occupants may be at risk of being attacked in such circumstances depending on who the crowd believes is at fault and what damage has occurred. Such attacks may pose significant risk of injury or death to the vehicle's occupants or damage to the vehicle. It is unsafe to remain at the scene of an accident of this nature. Seek shelter at the nearest police station.
Aviation Safety Oversight:
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Bangladesh’s Civil Aviation Authority as not being in compliance with ICAO aviation safety standards for oversight of Bangladesh’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.