Foreign travel advice



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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

Bishwa Ijtema, the world’s second largest congregation of Muslims, will be held in two phases from 12 to 14 January and 19 to 21 January 2018 beside the Turag River in Tongi (about 3km north of Dhaka). Temporary disruption to daily life in and around Dhaka may occur. If you’re travelling through Dhaka International airport during this time, you should allow extra time for your journey due to heavy traffic and extra security measures.

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Bangladesh. The threat extends across the country. The last terrorist attack, targeting security forces, occurred in March 2017. There is a risk that future attacks could target public gatherings. In August 2017, the Bangladeshi security forces disrupted a reported plot to target Mourning Day commemorations in Dhaka. There is also the risk that foreign nationals could be directly targeted in future attacks. See Terrorism

The Bangladeshi authorities have successfully disrupted a number of planned attacks and remain at high alert; there may be increases in security force presence and restrictions on movement may be put in place at short notice. Crowded areas and places where foreign nationals are known to gather may be at higher risk of attack. You should minimise your exposure to these areas, consider your movements carefully and follow any specific advice of the local security authorities. See Terrorism

Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL) has claimed responsibility for a number of terrorist attacks in Bangladesh since September 2015.

Groups affiliated to Al Qaeda in the Indian Sub-continent (AQIS) are also active.

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.

Heavy monsoon rains continue to affect the northern and central regions of Bangladesh (including Sylhet region, Dinajpur and Rangpur) leading to disruption of train services and road travel. If you’re travelling to an affected part of the country, monitor local and international weather updates and follow the advice of local authorities and your travel company.

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.

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.

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.