We develop and maintain relations between the United Kingdom and Bangladesh.

We deal with a wide range of political, prosperity, security, consular and immigration issues of interest to the UK and Bangladesh.

Together with our office in Sylhet we provide consular assistance to British nationals in Bangladesh. The Department for International Development Bangladesh’s development programme covers governance issues, economic growth and commercial relationships, climate change, disaster preparedness and poverty reduction.

Our services

Visas

For information on whether you need a visa to travel to the United Kingdom and how to apply, please see the UK Visas & Immigration page.

Travel advice

Visit our travel advice for Bangladesh for information, news and updates, to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems, and make informed decisions when living or travelling abroad.

Support for British Nationals Abroad

Our guide Support for British Nationals Abroad sets out the steps that British nationals can take to stay safe abroad, and provides details on what help the Foreign & Commonwealth Office can provide if you do get into difficulty overseas.

Passports and emergency travel documents

How to renew or replace your British passport if you live outside the UK and information on getting replacement travel documents if your passport is lost or stolen.

If you are travelling urgently and your passport is not available, you may be able to apply for an emergency travel document (ETD).

If your passport has been lost you will need a police report and English translation before an ETD can be issued. If you need to apply for an ETD, please click here.

Births, deaths and marriages

UK Consular birth registrations and death registrations in Bangladesh has been transferred from the British High Commission Dhaka to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the UK.

There are no changes to the entitlement to register a birth or death. The processing time will remain the same. However, you will now need to allow extra time for the documents to be sent to and from the UK. See this link or get further information here.

Documentary Service

As Bangladesh is a Commonwealth country the British High Commission is not empowered to offer notarial services. We do not issue Visa Recommendation Letters to British nationals.

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.

List of lawyers and Translators

Follow our link for a list of English speaking lawyers and List of Translators and Interpreters who may be able to help you with official transactions in Bangladesh. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British High Commission or UK government.

Prisoner pack

An explanation of the prison system in Bangladesh.

Bereavement Information

Contains information on deaths involving British nationals in Bangladesh. For details see Bereavement Information Pack in Bangladesh.

Living in Bangladesh

The document Living in Bangladesh supplements the FCO Travel Advice with additional information for those considering settling in Bangladesh.

Guides we produce

We have produced the following guides for British nationals with information that may be useful in specific circumstances:

Bangladesh List of Lawyers

Bangladesh list of Translators

Bangladesh list of Medical Facilities

Bangladesh list of Funeral Services

How else we can help

In addition to the services listed above we can also:

  • issue emergency passports (emergency travel documents)
  • 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
  • provide details of local lawyers, interpreters, doctors and funeral directors
  • do all we properly can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you have been detained
  • offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, death of relatives overseas, missing people and kidnapping
  • contact family or friends for you if you want
  • make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters

What our consulate cannot do for you

Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, 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
  • help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures
  • 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 will have to pay back)
  • make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
  • make business arrangements on your behalf

Services provided by other authorities

Data Protection

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office holds and uses data for purposes notified to the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998 (which may be viewed at www.ico.gov.uk). Such personal data may be disclosed to other UK government departments and public authorities.

Stay in touch with us through social media

Find out more about the British High Commission in Dhaka through our social media channels. Facebook and Twitter.

Our people

Robert W Gibson CMG

Robert W Gibson CMG

British High Commissioner to Bangladesh

Contact us

British High Commission Dhaka

United Nations Road
Baridhara
P O Box 6079
Dhaka - 1212

Dhaka
Bangladesh

The Human Rights and Democracy Programme & Prosperity Fund central programmes project concepts or related queries should be submitted to: Dhaka.Projects@fco.gov.uk

Customers Applying for Priority Visas (PVs): All customers applying for PVs are asked to ensure that copies of documents/passports provided in support of their application are provided on good quality A4 size paper. This will facilitate the scanning of these documents. Failure to do this may result in delays to their application.

UK Visa Information Bangladesh - User Pay Services. For more details - http://vfsglobal.co.uk/bangladesh/user_pay_services.html#3

From 29 July 2014 if you are a British national in Bangladesh applying for a British passport you should submit your application through the UK Visa Application Centre in Dhaka or Sylhet. Applications will then be sent on to Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the UK for processing.

You can find further details and other information required to make an application at www.gov.uk/overseas-passports. If you cannot find the information you need on the website, please contact the Passport Advice line on +44 300 222 0000 or send an email to overseasnewportccc@hmpo.gsi.gov.uk.

Access and opening times

British High Commission Office Sylhet

37-A Kumarpara
Sylhet

Bangladesh

Sunday to Thursday: 09:00 – 12:00 (Local time), 03:00 – 06:00 (GMT)