British High Commissioner to Bangladesh
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.
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.
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.
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.
Births, deaths and marriages
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.
Visit the Legalisation Office website for information on how to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine, so it can be accepted by foreign authorities. The UK does not require any documents to be legalised for use within the UK.
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.
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.
An explanation of the prison system in Bangladesh.
Contains information on deaths involving British nationals in Bangladesh. For details see Bereavement Information Pack - Bangladesh
Living in Bangladesh
Guides we produce
We have produced the following guides for British nationals with information that may be useful in specific circumstances:
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
British High Commission Dhaka
United Nations Road
P O Box 6079
Dhaka - 1212
Telephone +880 2 882 2705
Consular fax / email +880 2 988 2819 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Visa enquiries email Visqry.Bangladesh@fco.gov.uk
Pension fax / email +880 2 988 2819 / Pension.Enquiries-Dhaka@fco.gov.uk
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 email@example.com.
British High Commission Office Sylhet
Telephone +880 2 8822705-9
Fax +880 2 8823437
Sunday to Thursday: 09:00 – 12:00 (Local time), 03:00 – 06:00 (GMT)