The British Consular Office in Sylhet provides services to British nationals.

Find out what services are available in Dhaka.

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Services for British nationals

Urgent assistance

If you’re in Sylhet and you urgently need help (eg if you’ve been attacked, arrested or lost your passport), call +880 2 984 2705-9. If you’re in the UK and concerned about a British national in Bangladesh, call 020 7008 1500.

You will not be able to see a Consular Officer in Sylhet on a walk in basis.

You should call: +880 2 984 2705-9 to arrange an appointment with our Consular Officer or email us at consular.bangladesh@fco.gov.uk, clearly stating the purpose of your enquiry.

Get or renew a passport

For any passport enquiries contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office. If you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel, you may be able to get an emergency travel document.

Get an emergency travel document

You can apply for an emergency travel document if you’re abroad and your passport has been lost or stolen, damaged or expired, and you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.

If you’re due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible.

Apply online for an emergency travel document if you:

  • are over 16 years old and
  • are a British citizen and
  • have previously owned a British passport

Contact us to apply for an emergency travel document if you are:

  • over 16 years old but have not owned a British passport before or
  • not a British citizen or
  • applying for a child under 16 years old

Once you have contacted us, you will be advised to make an appointment to apply for an emergency travel document at the British High Commission in Dhaka.

Travel advice: For information and advice on traveling to Bangladesh, see travel advice for Bangladesh.

Get a visa

The British High Commission can’t help with visa enquiries.

If you’re not a British national, you may need a visa to travel to the UK. Check if you need a UK visa.

If you’re a British national travelling abroad and need to apply for a visa to visit a particular country or check if you need a visa, see the entry requirements on our foreign travel advice for the country you want to visit.

For more information on visas, see UK visas and immigration.

Register a birth or death

Find out how to register a birth or register a death in Bangladesh. You can’t register a birth or death at the High Commission.

Marriage and civil partnerships

We cannot issue certificates of no impediment, affirmations or affidavits of marital status. For information on getting married in Bangladesh, see getting married abroad.

Bereavement support

If you’re in the country where the death occurred, contact us. If you’re in the UK and hear of the death of a relative from a third party, you should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 020 7008 1500.

Read our guidance on bereavement and coping with death abroad.

Support if you’ve been arrested

We’ll do all we can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you’ve been detained or arrested, and will give you a prisoner pack with information for British prisoners in Bangladesh. We cannot get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings.

Documentary Service

For legal reasons, we’re unable to carry out notarial acts in Commonwealth countries. This includes certifying documents as true copies of originals, administering oaths or taking affidavits. For these or other notarial acts, you should contact a local notary. A standard letter is available to confirm we do not offer these services in Bangladesh.

Legalisation services

British High Commission does not provide legalisation services.

Ask the UK government to get a UK document legalised (certified as genuine).

Local service provider lists

We provide lists of:

Please note that inclusion in these lists does not constitute official endorsement by the British High Commission Office or the UK government.

How else we can help

In addition to the services listed above we can also:

  • provide information about transferring funds
  • provide appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital
  • help people with mental illness
  • offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, missing peopleand kidnapping
  • contact family or friends for you if you want
  • make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters or other crises abroad

For more information on the services we provide, see Support for British nationals abroad: A guide.

General information on living in Bangladesh.

What our consulates cannot do for you

Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we also cannot:

  • help you enter a country, for example, if you don’t have a visa or your passport is not valid
  • give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as English-speaking lawyers.
  • get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
  • pay any bills or give you money (in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you’ll have to pay back)
  • make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
  • make business arrangements on your behalf

Consular fees

Under UK law we have to charge for some services. Details of our list of consular fees and customer charter are available to download and are on display in our Consular section waiting room.

You will need to make an appointment or speak to a Consular Officer before visiting this office, there is no facility for walk in customers.

Contact us

British Consular Services Sylhet

VFS Bangladesh Pvt. Ltd
UK Visa Application Centre
7th Floor
Nirvana Inn
Mirza Jungle Road,
Ramerdhigir par

Sylhet - 3100
Bangladesh

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