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. See Chittagong Hill Tracts

Strong tremors from the Nepal earthquake were felt in Dhaka and other areas of the country on 25 April 2015. There are reports of some buildings tilting in Dhaka. You should remain vigilant and stay in a place of safety and follow any advice provided by the local authorities.

There is tension between the government and the Bangladesh National Party led 20 Party Alliance. Since January 2015 the opposition have called for a nationwide blockade of road, rail and river transport and held a programme of general strikes (hartals).

Dhaka and Chittagong City Corporations elections have been scheduled for 28 April 2015. The government has declared a public holiday in Dhaka and Chittagong and a ban on motorised vehicles in both cities on 28 April. Previous elections have been marred by violence.

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police has placed restrictions on motorcycle movement from 12.01am on Sunday 26 April to 6.00am on Wednesday 29 April, as part of security measures for the Dhaka City Corporation elections.

During the election period you should avoid any political gathering or rally and be wary of spontaneous large gatherings. Carry official photo-ID with you at all times. You should follow local news closely in case curfews or other restrictions are announced.

Protests and demonstrations can quickly turn violent and lead to clashes with law enforcement agencies. There are reports of violent attacks, incidents of arson, and vandalism taking place across the country, mainly in towns and cities.

Remain vigilant and take appropriate security precautions. Take particular care where there are large gatherings, political offices and rallies. See Safety and security.

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 on the website of the Bangladesh Meteorological Department, and follow the advice of local authorities. See Natural disasters

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