This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.
The authorities in Bangladesh set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to. You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.
Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Entry to Bangladesh
Passengers arriving from the UK will need:
- A medical certificate indicating a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel (for passengers aged 10 or over)
- Confirmation of your vaccination status, with vaccination course completed 14 days before entry, if you are relying on a completed COVID-19 vaccination course for quarantine exemptions (See Quarantine requirements)
- A completed Health Declaration Form and Passenger Locator Form provided by cabin crew.
You may be subjected to additional health screening measures at the airport.
You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.
Bangladesh operates a number of quarantine regimes depending on passengers’ circumstances:
- Passengers arriving from the UK are required to complete a 14-day period of quarantine. Those that have completed a COVID-19 vaccination course can complete quarantine at home. Those who are not vaccinated will be required to quarantine at a government nominated hotel. This regime also applies to those arriving from Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Iraq, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Namibia, Netherlands, Panama, South Africa, Thailand, and Tunisia. As appropriate, passengers must travel with confirmation of their vaccination status or with confirmation of their approved quarantine hotel booking.
Passengers whose journey originates from, or who have visited within the previous 15 days, Argentina, Botswana, Cuba, Cyprus, Eswatini, Georgia, Iran, Libya, Malaysia, Mongolia and Spain are not permitted to travel to or enter Bangladesh. These passengers are required to home quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. For all passengers, airport transit via these countries is allowed.
- Passengers arriving from all other countries, i.e. those not mentioned above, can complete their 14 day period of quarantine at home.
- In all circumstances, anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms on arrival will be transferred to a designated government hospital where their quarantine period will be assessed and determined.
The Bangladesh authorities will retain passports of any passengers in quarantine and will return them at the end of the quarantine period. In all circumstances, people staying in a government approved hotel, government facility or hospital will need to cover the costs of those stays. You may be tested for COVID-19 during these stays.
Passengers with a No Visa Required certificate (an arrangement for foreign nationals of Bangladeshi heritage) arriving in Bangladesh without a medical certificate indicating they are COVID-19 negative, or such passengers who display symptoms, will be transferred to a government facility where their quarantine period will be assessed and determined.
Regular entry requirements
You’ll need a visa to enter Bangladesh. You can get a visa from the Bangladesh High Commission in London. Foreign investors and business people can apply for a visa on arrival on entry to Bangladesh on production of a PCR based COVID-19 negative medical certificate (in or with an English translation) issued within 72 hours of arriving in Bangladesh and the relevant supporting documents for getting an investment/business visa. Visas on arrival for other people remain suspended.
Foreign nationals currently in Bangladesh whose visas have expired have the option to extend their visa. There is a visa extension fee for this service, in addition to a penalty fee for overstaying. Visa extensions are available at the Department of Immigration and Passport of Bangladesh.
If you intend to use Dhaka as a hub to visit other countries in the region, make sure you get a multiple entry visa. If you’re intending to work in Bangladesh make sure you get the correct visa before you travel.
If you have had your passport renewed in Bangladesh, you’ll need a new visa. The Bangladesh Immigration & Passport Department (telephone: 880 2 8159878 / 8123788 / 8123323) is able to issue an ‘exit visa’ or a ‘no visa required’ stamp. Officers there are unlikely to speak English, so you may need an interpreter.
Make sure you have an entry stamp placed in your passport on entry into Bangladesh otherwise you may have problems on departure.
Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months when applying for a visa to visit Bangladesh.
UK Emergency Travel Documents
UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Bangladesh. Holders of an ETD must apply for the appropriate Bangladesh visa to enter Bangladesh.
Yellow fever certificate requirements
Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.
Working in Bangladesh
Foreign nationals working in Bangladesh must get an Income Tax Clearance Certificate or an Income Tax Exemption Certificate before each departure from Bangladesh. Full details are available on the Bangladesh Board of Revenue website.