Summary

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to the Chittagong Hill Tracts. This does not include the city of Chittagong or other parts of Chittagong Division.

See Chittagong Hill Tracts

COVID-19 entry restrictions for Bangladesh

Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for Bangladesh’s current entry restrictions and requirements. These may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider.

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

On 12 January, the Bangladesh authorities announced a number of new measures in response to the Omicron coronavirus variant. This includes wearing masks in public spaces, capacity restrictions in public settings, including on public transport, a requirement to show vaccination status in some settings and the introduction of rapid antigen testing for international arrivals. We are still awaiting details of the antigen arrivals testing arrangements and will update this advice once more information is available, including the quarantine arrangements for those testing positive.

If you’re planning travel to Bangladesh, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

COVID-19 public health measures are in force in Bangladesh. See Coronavirus

Up to 150,000 British nationals visit Bangladesh every year. Most visits are trouble free.

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Bangladesh. The threat extends across the country. There have been several IED attacks targeting police and security forces in Dhaka, Khulna, Chittagong and Sylhet. There is a risk that future attacks could target public gatherings, including religious gatherings and political rallies, crowded areas, places with a police or security presence and locations where foreign nationals are known to gather. You should minimise your exposure to these areas, consider your movements carefully and follow any specific advice of the local authorities. See Terrorism

Political rallies with the potential for disorder or clashes between groups and with law enforcement agencies may take place. Across Bangladesh you’re advised to avoid large gatherings, including those for religious gatherings, festivals and political rallies. See Political violence

Severe air pollution is a major hazard to public health, especially during the winter months. Dhaka is currently experiencing extremely high levels of pollution. See Air pollution

Travel in Bangladesh during the monsoon season (June to September) can be hazardous. See Monsoon season

Bangladesh lies in a zone of seismic activity. See Earthquakes

Mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever occur all year round. There’s been a significant increase in the number of cases of dengue fever across Bangladesh, including in Dhaka. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. See Health

UK health authorities have classified Bangladesh as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission. Consular support is limited in parts of Bangladesh where we advise against all but essential travel.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.