Foreign travel advice

Bangladesh

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise 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

There is an ongoing security incident in the Shibbari area of Sylhet in north-eastern Bangladesh in which there have been casualties. You should avoid the Shibbari area and follow the advice of local authorities.

There have been reports of a security incident near Dhaka International Airport on Friday 24 March, 2017. The local authorities advise that the incident has been resolved and the airport is operating as normal.

Following a terrorist attack in Dhaka on 1 July 2016 that resulted in the death of 20 hostages and 2 police officers, you should remain vigilant, monitor local and social media and follow any specific advice of the local security authorities to avoid certain areas.

Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL) claimed responsibility for the 1 July attack and has also claimed responsibility for a number of other terrorist attacks since September 2015, most recently a failed attack against law enforcement officers in northern Dhaka on 17 March 2017.

Groups affiliated to Al Qaeda in the Indian Sub-continent (AQIS) are also active and have claimed responsibility for the murder of a number of people who they consider to have views and lifestyles contrary to Islam.

Security forces in Bangladesh remain on high alert following previous attacks. There may be increases in security force presence and restrictions on movement may be put in place at short notice.

There is a heightened threat of further terrorist attacks. Attacks could be indiscriminate although foreigners, in particular westerners, may be directly targeted. Crowded areas and places where westerners are known to gather may be at higher risk of attack. You should minimise your exposure to these areas, consider your movements carefully and take appropriate security precautions. See Terrorism

The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has carried out assessments of security at Dhaka International Airport. Following these, the DfT has assessed that security at Dhaka airport does not meet some international security requirements. The UK government is working to support the Bangladeshi authorities to ensure that all international aviation security requirements are met. Read more about the DfT assessment.

Tropical cyclones and flooding can affect parts of the country. You should monitor the progress of approaching weather systems on the website of the Bangladesh Meteorological Department, and follow the advice of local authorities. See Natural disasters

Bangladesh lies in a zone of seismic activity. In the event of an earthquake you should remain vigilant, stay in a place of safety and follow any advice provided by the local authorities.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

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.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.  

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