Foreign travel advice

Bangladesh

Important COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice

As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available. Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.

Summary

Coronavirus: stay up to date

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising British nationals against all non-essential international travel at this time. Existing advice for Bangladesh remains in place:

The 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

A very severe cyclonic storm named “Amphan” is developing in the Bay of Bengal and is expected to make landfall in the east of India or Bangladesh between Monday 18 and Thursday 21 May. You should monitor local and international weather updates from the Bangladesh Meteorological Department and follow the advice of local authorities. See our Tropical cyclones page for advice on what to do if you are caught up in a storm.

From Wednesday 20 May to Sunday 31 May, the UK will operate three special flights from Dhaka to London. The registration for these flights is now closed. These are currently the last planned charter flights from Bangladesh. We will keep this under review. For more information, see Return to the UK.

On 14 May the Government of Bangladesh announced the extension of the lockdown from 16 to 30 May. See Staying during coronavirus

On 14 May the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh announced the extension of the temporary suspension of international and domestic flights until 30 May. See Entry requirements

As of 21 March, some staff and dependants at the British High Commission in Dhaka have been temporarily withdrawn.

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

There have been several incidents of crude bombings at the Dhaka University campus. If you’re visiting the area, you should remain vigilant and keep up to date with developments.

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Bangladesh. The threat extends across the country. There were several IED attacks targeting police and security forces in Dhaka and Khulna in 2019, and an attack in Chittagong in February 2020. 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 are 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

As a result of ongoing violence in Myanmar (Burma) since August 2017, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees have arrived in the south-east of Bangladesh and are concentrated in the sub-districts of Ukhia and Teknaf in the southern part of Cox’s Bazar district. There have been reports of insecurity, protests and some violence in these areas. See Myanmar border

Tropical cyclones and flooding can affect parts of the country. You should monitor the Bangladesh Meteorological Department for updates, and follow the advice of local authorities. See Tropical cyclones

Bangladesh lies in a zone of seismic activity. See Earthquakes

The British High Commission has no authority to intervene on behalf of British nationals of Bangladeshi origin with regard to land or property problems. See Property disputes

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.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.  

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