Travel Essentials

Travel Tips:

  • When it comes to traveling abroad, first piece of document you need is a passport. It is the most important document.
  • If you pulled over or stopped by the law enforcement officers in a foreign country, passport is you first identity along with your international drivers license.
  • Before you travel, make sure you passport is valid and will not be expire while you are away. Most of the country will not accept your passport if it has expired.
  • Always take good care of your passport. Don’t give or handover your passport to anyone. You need that to go and come in every country of the world. Without a passport you will not be able to get in the plane.
  • Keep your passport with you at all times. If you are visiting friends or family, make sure that your passport is in a safe place. If you are in a hotel or shopping around the town, always check on it.
  • Make at least 3 photo copies of your passport. Leave one behind at your permanent address, 2nd copy with you when you traveling but not with the original passport. In case you lose your passport, you would need the photocopy for your identification.
  • If you have a scanner – scan you passport and send it to your own e-mail address. It could be very helpful in case if you lose your passport and photocopy can’t be located.
  • If incase, you lost your passport, notify the local police authority and contact your embassy immediately. Do not delay on reporting the lost of your passport.
  • Make sure you have the proper health/immunization requirements.
  • Carry as much currency in travelers checks as possible.
  • Keep a copy of all documents and credit card information in a safe place.
  • Find out some information about your destination. It is to your advantage to know some basic phrases in the local language, basic facts, places of interest, how to get around etc.
  • Check all your travel documents to make sure that they are in order. Passports should be valid for a few months after your return date.
  • Bring your address and telephone book. Make sure you have jotted down important telephone numbers in case of emergency.
  • Check the weather conditions of your destination.
  • Become very alert when you are pushed around or distracted in a crowd.
  • When staying at a hotel, have your keys ready before you reach your room.
  • Every time you are in your hotel room, you use the double lock at all times.
  • If any of your important travel documents such as passport are lost or stolen, immediately notify the local police. If you know that your country has an embassy in that country, report this to them and they can help you process temporary travel documents. For credit cards make sure you call the issuing bank immediately so that they can stop the card from being used illegally.

Visa Policy of Bangladesh

Visa on Arrival 

To attract the tourists and ensure them a hassle free arrival in this land of stories, the government of Bangladesh has decided to provide Visa on Arrival to the foreign nationals including those of Bangladeshi origin. Once you arrived in Bangladesh, after examining your necessary travel documents the immigration authority at the Airports and Land ports will issue Visa on Arrival for a period of maximum 30 days to the citizens of the countries mentioned below under the following conditions:

(a) The nationals of those countries where there is no diplomatic mission of Bangladesh may be granted visa on arrival after examining the genuineness of their visit;

(b) On the basis of invitation letters of interested/required body being attested by the Board of Investment/BEPZA, the foreign investors/businessmen may be allowed to issue visa on arrival. In this case, interested/inviting organization must inform in advance the arrival of the foreign visitor(s) to the immigration and passport authority.

(c) Only for the purpose of official duty, business, investment and tourism citizens arriving from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Russian Federation, China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, UAE, Saudi Arabia (KSA), Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and the countries of Europe may issue visa on arrival after examining and being satisfied by the immigration authority at the Airports and Land Ports;

(d) If any foreign national arrives in Bangladesh from a country other than his/her own country, where there is no mission of Bangladesh may be issued visa on arrival;

(e) Bangladeshi origin foreign citizens, their spouses and their offspring may be issued visa on arrival, on the proof of their being Bangladeshi origin;

(f) The staffs/officials of the foreign missions, UN or its affiliated organizations located in Bangladesh may be issued visa on arrival after examining their appointment letters or other related documents. Only UN passport holders will get such facilities gratis (free of charge).

Transit Visa

If you are waiting for your connecting flight and hoping to get the best out of it, Transit Visa will be allowed to you for the period of maximum 72 hours or till the time of the next available flight on request of the concerned carrier. For this an amount of 20 USD or equivalent amount of foreign currency is to be deposited in the concerned bank account. And then you are free to be amazed by Beautiful Bangladesh.

Visa Extension

If you haven’t done with wondering our amazing lands, you can extend your Visa on Arrival by applying to the Department of Immigration and Authority in light of existing Visa Policy.

Visa Requirements

In respect of visa on arrival the following procedures to be followed:

  1. a) Visa fees are to be paid in foreign currencies (US dollar, GB Pound/Euro etc.);
  2. b) Visitor must possess minimum USD 500 or its equivalent amount of foreign currency in cash or credit card;
  3. c) Visitors must have return ticket;
  4. d) Must have necessary documents to justify his/her visit;
  5. e) No visa fee will be applicable for the visitors from these countries which are exempted from visa fee.
  6. f) On arrival visa fee will be applicable on the basis of reciprocity only.
  7. g) The concerned intelligence agency must collect complete information of visitors to take necessary action. The immigration authority at Airports and Land Ports will send a monthly report on this issue to the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Department of Immigration and Passports.
  8. h) Visa on arrival shall be issued only after being satisfied about the purpose of visit. In case of foreign military or defense forces, prior approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs must be taken.

Visa Fee

Please check this link to find out information regarding visa fees.

Important Links

Department of Immigration and Passport

Ministry of Home Affairs

Ministry of Foreign Affairs