Travel Advice for T20 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh
This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
Foreign Office travel advice for fans visiting Bangladesh for the ICC Cricket World Cup between 12 March to 6 April 2014.
The Foreign Office has published a useful set of guidelines for British Nationals who intend to visit Bangladesh for the ICC Cricket World Cup between 12 March and 6 April 2014 and up to 200 British cricket fans are expected to visit Bangladesh to follow the team’s fortunes. You can sign up for alerts to receive updates to the Bangladesh travel advice and check back for the most recent information.
- As a British national you need a visa to visit Bangladesh. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after entry. A visit visa can be bought on arrival but it is preferable to obtain a visa beforehand.
- You should carry your passport containing your visa with you at all times as both proof of identity should any issues arise and as a safety measure. Keep a separate copy of your passport and visa in case of loss of your passport.
- Travel insurance is essential. Even if you’re only going for one night - it could save you a lot of money if you get into difficulties. Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid in Bangladesh.
What we can do
If you get into trouble, British High Commission Consular staff can help you in the following ways:
- Any loss or theft of passport must be reported to the police in the first instance. We can issue Emergency Travel Documents in Dhaka (not Sylhet).
- We can contact relatives and friends, if you want, to help you get money and give information on how to transfer funds.
- If you need advice from local lawyers and doctors, we can point you in the right direction with their details.
- In the event of an accident or serious injury, we can provide the right help and offer support in the event of the death of a relative.
- And if you are detained or hospitalised, we’ll do everything we can to contact you within 24 hours, and if you want, contact family and friends.
What we cannot do
However, British High Commission Consular staff cannot help you if you find yourself in the following situation:
- We cannot get you out of prison or interfere in local legal proceedings, but we can offer a list of local lawyers.
- We cannot issue full British passports – this must be done through HM Passport Office at the British High Commission in Dhaka and the process can take up to 6 weeks to complete.
- If you do not have a valid passport or visa, we cannot help you get into other countries.
- We cannot give legal advice or investigate a crime on your behalf.
- Don’t expect better treatment than local people in hospital, prison or police detention.
- We can’t give you money or pay your bills under any circumstances – this includes medical and legal bills.
Avoid illicit drugs and do not consume alcohol other than in licensed premises - there are severe penalties, including custodial sentences for all drug and alcohol related offences in Bangladesh.
Payment options – the Bangladesh Taka is the local currency. All banks will change either US Dollar or Sterling currencies. There are ATMs in all major cities.
Watch your money – crowded events always involve a risk of pick-pocketing. And never trade currency with strangers.
For more information on enjoying your stay in Bangladesh and staying safe please read our Bangladesh Travel Advice.
British High Commission contact details
British High Commission in Dhaka
United Nations Road
P O Box 6079
Dhaka - 1212
Telephone +880 2 882 2705
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours: Sunday to Wednesday: 8.00am to 4.00pm and Thursdday 8.00am to 2.00pm (local time)
British High Commission Office Sylhet
Telephone +880 2 8822705-9
Email - email@example.com