Summary

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. If you propose to visit the Chittagong Hill Tracts you must give the Bangladeshi authorities ten days’ notice of your travel plans. See Chittagong Hill Tracts

The T20 cricket world cup will take place in Bangladesh until 6 April 2014. See this information and advice page for travelling fans.

Political tensions between the Awami League-led Government and opposition parties led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Parties (BNP) led to 500 deaths in politically related violence in 2013. A general election, in which opposition parties did not participate, took place on Sunday 5 January. Although tensions have lessened, political differences are unresolved and the potential exists for the security situation to deteriorate again. In particular protests and demonstrations can quickly turn violent and lead to clashes with the law enforcement agencies. If you are currently in Bangladesh or intend to travel to Bangladesh, even if you are a regular visitor with family or business links, you should monitor news media and regularly consult this Travel Advice.

There is a general threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Tropical cyclones and flooding can affect parts of the country. You should monitor the progress of approaching weather systems. See Natural disasters

Up to 75,000 British nationals visit Bangladesh every year. Most visits are trouble free.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.  

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