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

There is tension between the government and opposition parties. Since January 2015 the opposition have called for a nationwide blockade of road, rail and river transport. They’re also holding a programme of rolling general strikes (hartals), usually taking place during the working week (Sunday to Thursday).

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.

The next stage in court proceedings in the corruption case against Bangladesh National Party chairperson Khaleda Zia is likely to take place on 4 March. There is a potential risk of an escalation of violence if Khaleda Zia is arrested, or attempts are made to take her into custody.

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.