The British Consular Office in Sylhet provides services to British nationals.
Find out what services are available in Dhaka.
Services for British nationals
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, clearly stating the purpose of your enquiry.
Get or renew a passport
Get an emergency travel document
If you’re due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible.
- are over 16 years old and
- are a British citizen and
- have previously owned a British passport
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Bangladesh List of Lawyers
- Bangladesh list of Translators
- Bangladesh list of Medical Facilities
- Bangladesh list of Funeral Services
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
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.