Bangladesh Travel Information
All international aviation is closed. The closure
does not yet apply to flights to/from China. It is
possible to extend at short notice. For more information
about coronavirus, see the section Health.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs encourages travelers
to exercise caution when traveling to or staying in
Bangladesh. The biggest security risk in Bangladesh is
considered to be violent crime and political
demonstrations. In addition, there is a continuing
danger of terrorist attacks in Bangladesh. On July 1,
2016, a restaurant in the Dhaka diplomatic zone was
subjected to a serious terrorist attack, killing 22
people. The majority of those killed were foreign.
During the spring of 2017, there were several attacks
against local security forces using suicide bombs,
including at a police station outside Dhaka's
In 2018, an outspoken author and publisher was shot
and killed. The suspects are believed to be members of
Bangladeshi terrorist organizations. However, there have
been no attacks directly against foreigners since July
Police have taken several actions in which they
seized weapons, arrested and killed suspected members of
local terrorist organizations, but the threats are still
present and new acts of violence cannot be ruled out.
From time to time, IEDs (less so-called "cocktail
bombs") occur in Dhaka. These appear to be mainly
politically driven and have not affected foreigners.
- Countryaah: Dhaka is the capital
of Bangladesh. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Political turmoil: There are
political demonstrations that can be violent, and there
were previously several general strikes (hartals).
Demonstrations are usually notified in advance and
usually do not take place in areas where foreigners
frequently travel. Still, one should retire quickly if
large crowds gather.
In connection with larger demonstrations, Norwegian
citizens are encouraged to stay in the diplomatic zone
in Dhaka (Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara) which is more
protected than other parts of the city. One must,
however, exercise caution when traveling in the
diplomatic zone because there have been occasional
episodes there as well.
If there are demonstrations elsewhere in the country,
it is recommended to follow the advice of the locals
and/or stay indoors. It is recommended to follow local
and social media and avoid traveling in areas with large
crowds or where such actions are planned..
Traffic: Important traffic safety
information is coordinated in the Traffic and Transport
section under Practical Information.
Crime: Violence and theft crime is
frequent in Bangladesh. Even if you, as a foreigner, are
not particularly vulnerable, you must still take
precautions and be careful at all times.
As far as possible, one should avoid traveling out
after dark, as the risk of being subjected to a criminal
act increases significantly.
Robbery/purse seeding on an open street, or while
traveling in a rickshaw, also occurs during the daytime,
especially during the periods before major holidays. If
a robbery is to be exposed, it should be assumed that
the robber is armed with impact or stabbing weapons.
Therefore, one should not resist or do anything that
provokes the robber.
It is recommended to have a handbag on one shoulder,
not on a cross over the body. If robbery from motorcycle
or electricity should occur, you reduce the risk of
personal injury by not having the bag attached to the
At the airports, robbery occurs when travelers are
distracted by thieves who offer assistance.
The police are usually helpful to foreigners,
although corruption is a problem. However, women should
not attend alone at the police station because of. the
risk of sexual harassment. Report to the embassy any
case of abuse.
LGBT: Homosexuality is prohibited
under Section 377 of the Penal Code of 1860, which
prohibits "activities against the order of nature" and
can be punishable by imprisonment for up to two years.
Although the law is very rarely applied, many
individuals live with fear of abuse and persecution. In
Dhaka, homosexuality has become more socially accepted
in some liberal circles in recent years, but very few
dare to be open about it. Gay men often marry
heterosexual to attend to social and family obligations
and live a double life. Gay men have significantly
greater freedom and mobility than lesbian women,
although some of these have also been given more
opportunities to become financially and socially
Hijra (male-to-female transgender/third gender) has a
special position in Bangladeshi society and in South
Asia. In 2014, Bangladeshi authorities recognized hijras
as a third gender. Historically, this minority has been
an important part of society, and many appear in
weddings. However, hijras still experience a great deal
of discrimination and many are forced to feed themselves
as beggars or prostitutes. It is also widespread among
hijras to live in community dwellings that serve as
alternative households where hijras and feminine boys
and men can seek refuge after being expelled from the
Natural disasters: Bangladesh is
regularly hit by floods and from time to time also
cyclones. Floods can occur during the monsoon season
from June to September. Even in a normal year, up to 20
percent of the land area is flooded during this time of
year. These are part of the seasonal variations, and
people adjust so that normal floods have little impact
on daily life. The whole country was last hit by a flood
(up to 40 percent of land area flooded) in 2004, when
millions of people had to move from their homes.
If you are planning long journeys in Bangladesh
during the monsoon season, one should investigate in
advance whether it is possible to travel as normal on
Bangladesh is occasionally hit by cyclones (tropical
storms). These usually occur before and after the
monsoon season, often in April-June and
October-December. In November 2007, southwestern
Bangladesh was hit by the cyclone "Sidr", causing major
destruction and about 3500 dead. The cyclone had roughly
the same wind force as the two previous large cyclones
in 1970 and 1991, where approximately 500,000 and
140,000 people died. The big difference in loss figures
is due to, among other things, that Bangladesh has now
established an increasingly well-functioning early
warning system and a well-developed network of shelters.
Parts of Bangladesh are in a high-risk earthquake
zone, and the consequences could be fatal if the country
were hit by a severe earthquake. This is primarily
because large parts of the building stock are not
secured against earthquakes. Bangladesh was not hit by
the tsunami in 2004, and suffered only minor damage
after the Nepal earthquake in April 2015, which measured
7.9 on Richter's scale. Smaller earthquakes are
experienced on a regular basis in Bangladesh, but these
have not resulted in any significant damage.
Travel to Sundarbans: There has been
some pirate activity in Sundarbans, the world's largest
mangrove forest and Bangladesh's most popular tourist
destination. This type of activity seems to have slowed
down in recent years, but visits to the area should
nevertheless be arranged through a reputable tour
operator. The tour operator will obtain the necessary
permits required from the forest management authorities
to enter the area.
Serious tour operators will also respect the special
and vulnerable ecology of the area and do not add to
activities that harm nature or disrupt the rich bird and
Traveling to the Chittagong Hill Tracts:
In the Khagrachari, Bandarban and Rangamati districts,
located in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT),
ethnic-based riots sometimes erupt. In addition, the
unsavory jungle area is the hangout for armed gangs of
criminals and smugglers, and rebel groups from Myanmar
may be crossing the border. Kidnapping for ransom has
occurred in this area. The area is controlled by the
military and special permission from the authorities is
required to enter the area. Such permission can be
obtained in several ways, including: via tour operator.
Tourists will usually get police licenses. It is
important to be aware of the safety aspect when
traveling to CHT.
Please note that entry rules may change. The Foreign
Service is not responsible if the following information
on entry regulations or visa requirements is changed at
short notice. It is the responsibility of the traveler
to ensure that travel documents are valid for entry and
to familiarize themselves with the current entry rules
for each country.
When entering Bangladesh a passport must be presented
with a minimum of six months validity. A visa is
required. Norwegians wishing to travel to Bangladesh are
advised to apply for a visa at the Bangladeshi Embassy
in Stockholm (which is accredited to Norway) before
leaving Norway. The reason why the Bangladeshi Embassy
in Stockholm processes Norwegians' visa applications is
because Bangladesh does not have an embassy in Norway.
It should be calculated at least two weeks from the
passport sent to the Bangladeshi Embassy in Stockholm
until it can be expected to be returned.
As Bangladesh does not have its own embassy in
Norway, it is also possible for Norwegian citizens to
obtain a "Visa on Arrival" upon arrival at Hazrat
Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, which is valid
for up to 30 days. The fee for this visa is currently 51
USD. It is recommended to bring US dollars in cash to
pay for "Visa on Arrival" as international credit and
debit cards can only be used exceptionally at the
airport. The immigration authorities at the airport
usually do not have bills, so it is recommended to bring
small notes for payment of the visa fee.
An invitation letter from a private individual or
organization in Bangladesh can make obtaining a Visa on
Arrival easier, but is not normally required for issuing
such a visa.
NB! Return ticket from Bangladesh must be presented
for persons wishing to obtain a Visa on Arrival upon
arrival at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
The visa issuance scheme at the airport is sometimes
suspended by Bangladeshi authorities, e.g. as security
measures in connection with state visits to Bangladesh.
It also appears that employees of airlines flying to
Dhaka are not familiar with the "Visa on Arrival" scheme
for citizens of countries where Bangladesh does not have
an embassy. This has resulted in episodes where
Norwegians without visas to Bangladesh have been denied
boarding on flights with destination Dhaka. In most
cases, however, the "Visa on Arrival" scheme works. The
regulations also state that travelers on short stays
must have a minimum of $ 500 available in cash or credit
card upon application for "Visa on Arrival".
As a rule, tourists have a limited opportunity to
obtain a tourist visa extended by Bangladeshi
Coronavirus (covid-19): Bangladesh
confirmed the first cases of the coronavirus on March 8.
Bangladeshi authorities announced 'shutdown' from 26
March. This shutdown has been extended up to several
times. Everyone is advised to stay indoors and only go
out during emergencies or to shop for food/medication.
In addition, a curfew has been introduced between 11.00
and 17.00. 6pm and 6am, and stricter restrictions on
moving between cities. The police have increased
attendance and have set up checkpoints to enforce the
shutdown and the curfew. Grocery stores and pharmacies
are kept open. Public transport and banking services are
Travel restrictions: The closure of international
aviation is also constantly being extended. When the
travel restrictions change, this will be updated here.
The closure does not apply to flights to/from China.
Overview of entry rules/restrictions:
- Passengers who have been in the EU region
(including Norway) or Iran since March 1 will be
- Bangladesh has suspended visas on arrival for
all countries for the time being.
- Foreigners with valid visas, or when applying
for a new visa, must present a medical certificate
(with English translation) that cannot be older than
72 hours before travel. The certificate must state
that one has no covid-19 symptoms. This also applies
to foreign nationals of Bangladeshi origin who have
"No Visa Required" status. If travelers with NVR do
not have a certificate, they will be placed in
institutional quarantine for 14 days. Diplomats with
a valid visa are excluded.
- All residents with symptoms or without the above
certificate will be placed in institutional
quarantine for 14 days.
- All residents without symptoms will be charged
the home quarantine for 14 days after arrival. It
will be punishable not to comply with the quarantine
regulations. One can also risk being put into
institutional quarantine even without symptoms.
- Foreign nationals in Bangladesh have the
opportunity to extend their visas by three months.
- Flights in and out of Bangladesh are constantly
changing and all travelers are encouraged to contact
the airline/travel agent for updates. Changes may
occur at short notice.
- Both movement restrictions/'shutdown' and travel
restrictions are constantly being extended. Stay
tuned to local media for the latest updates.
Norwegian travelers should keep abreast of how the
virus is developing. Travelers are asked to provide
valid travel insurance and to follow the advice of local
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
The overall health situation and general health
services in Bangladesh are of a consistently low
standard. Inadequate hygiene and the risk of hospital
infections are widespread. For less serious illnesses,
treatment is available locally, and there are private
hospitals of a slightly higher standard (Apollo, Square
and United). In case of serious illness or major medical
intervention, medical evacuation to India, Thailand or
Singapore is recommended.
The official website of the Norwegian Institute of
Public Health provides official health travel advice and
health professional guidance to Norwegians when
traveling abroad. Contact your health care provider in
Norway well in advance of your departure for Bangladesh
for assessment of recommended vaccines.
Dengue fever occurs throughout Bangladesh. In the
summer of 2019, Bangladesh was hit by dengue outbreaks,
with approx. 24,000 people were diagnosed with dengue
fever. Dhaka was particularly hard hit. The mosquito
species that transmit the dengue virus usually sting
during the day, but they can also sting in the evening
and nighttime. Seasonal cases of chikungunya have also
been reported. Due to a lack of vaccine and/or tablets
against these diseases, the use of protective clothing
(long-sleeved shirt, pants, etc.) and mosquito repellent
are among the most important measures. It is
nevertheless important to avoid insect stings, e.g. by
using mosquito repellent containing DEET
(diethyltoluamide) and always make sure to sleep under
Malaria prophylaxis (prevention) should be considered
when staying outside Dhaka, especially in the Chittagong
Hill Tracts. Malaria in South Asia, Bangladesh included,
is resistant to chloroquinine.
The Zika virus is considered to be endemic in
Bangladesh, which means that the virus is believed to be
present and may act as occasional occasional or minor
outbreaks. From May 3, 2017, Norwegian health
authorities have changed the advice for pregnant women
and other travelers to areas with zika. Pregnants are
advised to postpone unnecessary travel to areas with
zika and/or malaria. More information can be found on
the National Health Institute's pages about the zika
During the dry season (November to February), air
pollution in Dhaka is very high. In addition to dust
from the ground and pollution from traffic, many
brick-and-mortar factories are active and emit particles
and sulfur dioxide in the atmosphere. This can be very
damaging to health and people with asthma or respiratory
ailments may have problems in Dhaka. For longer stays,
air purifiers should be used in living rooms and
bedrooms, as well as keeping doors and windows closed.
During the worst periods, one should limit outdoor
Because of. It is important to drink plenty of heat
and moisture, especially if you have diarrhea.
Electrolyte powder in bags, with the most important
substances the body needs in the event of fluid loss,
can be purchased at pharmacies and should be brought on
trips. Water from the public water supply network is not
recommended as a drinking water source throughout
Bangladesh. Bottled water is available almost
everywhere. Make sure the water bottle seal you want to
buy is intact. Unfortunately, food poisoning and
bacterial/parasite infections must be anticipated from
time to time. The authorities are trying to stop the
widespread practice in the markets with the use of
formalin in fish and meat and chemicals on fruit to
increase durability. Some markets are declared
formalin-free, but it is very difficult to control.
Peel-free fruits and vegetables should be peeled
and/or salt-treated (two teaspoons of salt per liter of
water for one to two hours). Meat should be fried and/or
cooked. Only imported milk with long shelf life should
Power: The voltage for the mains in
Bangladesh is 220V. Frequent power outages are common
across the country. Plugs and connectors are available
in a variety of variants. Due to large voltage
variations, it is recommended to use voltage regulator
to protect expensive electronic equipment. This and
universal adapters are available for purchase in most
places in Bangladesh.
Telephony: Area code for Bangladesh
is +880. The Internet domain is ".bd". 3G networks are
well developed in Bangladesh, except in the Sundarban in
the south-west and in parts of the Chittagong Hill
Tracts in the south-east.
4G networks are also available in major cities and
are gradually being developed throughout the country.
Mobile telephony in Bangladesh and abroad is usually
reliable and often recommended over landline telephony.
The landline connection in Dhaka usually works, but the
connection to other regions is more unreliable. Mobile
telephony is very affordable in normal use in
Banking and Currency System:
Bangladeshi taka (BDT) is the only accepted payment
method. The exchange rate is NOK 1 = BDT 10.55 (January
Credit cards are accepted at the big hotels, in
larger shops and in some cafes and restaurants. Outside
of Dhaka, and in poor parts of Dhaka, there are few
ATMs. Bank cards can only be used here in a few shops
and shopping centers, and cash is therefore necessary to
bring with them. Visa is the most widely used
international payment card for ATM use, and most places
also accept Mastercard and AmEx.
There are several ATMs in Dhaka, especially in the
diplomatic area (Baridhara, Banani and Gulshan). It is
safest to use Standard Chartered Bank's vending
machines. There is also an ATM in the Arrivals Hall at
Dhaka International Airport and at the Westin Hotel.
Opening hours: Bank Sunday - Thursday at. 9 am - 3
pm, Friday and Saturday closed. Public Offices Sunday -
Thursday 7 p.m. 9 am - 3 pm, Friday and Saturday closed.
Public Holidays: "Independence Day"
and "Victory Day" are celebrated on March 26 and
December 16, respectively. Both holidays have their
roots in the liberation war that Bangladesh fought
against West Pakistan in 1971.
International Mother Language Day on February 21 is
another important national holiday celebrating the
struggle to use Bengali as the official language of East
Pakistan (today's Bangladesh)
The timing of the Muslim holidays "Eid-ul-Fitr" and
"Eid-ul-Azha" varies from year to year as the date of
these depends on the appearance of the moon.
"Eid-ul-Fitr" ends the fasting month (Ramadan) while
"Eid-ul-Azha" - comes just over two months later.
"Durga Puja" (Hindu celebration) is celebrated in
September or October. Some other Christian, Buddhist and
Hindu holidays are also public holidays. Usually there
is a good overview of holidays at National Holidays in
Climate: Bangladesh has a tropical
monsoon climate. The humidity is about 70-90 percent in
summer time and around 40-60 percent in winter time. In
summer, the log can pass 40 กใ C, while in winter it is
around 20 กใ C in the country and clearly cooler at
night. There is rainy season from May/ June to
October/November, and a mostly rain-free drying season
for the rest of the year. The most pleasant time to stay
in Bangladesh climatically is November to March.
However, air pollution in the larger cities is greatest
during this period. In winter, especially in
mid-December to mid-January, there may be dense fog
which delays flight departures.
The year can be divided into six seasons (deviations
||Mid-April to mid-June: sunny,
partly very hot, some rain in the evening,
cyclones may occur.
||Mid June to mid August: heavy
rains, very hot and humid
||Mid August to mid October: sun,
warm, some rain
||Mid October to mid December:
sun, some rain, cyclones may occur.
||Mid December to mid February:
sunny, comfortable temperature, a bit chilly at
night - can drop below 10 degrees,
||Mid-February to mid-April: sunny
The time zone in Bangladesh is UTC/GMT +6 hours. At
Norwegian summertime, Bangladesh is four hours ahead of
Norway. At the Norwegian winter time, Bangladesh is five
Nordic-linked recreation site: As
one of several independent expat clubs, the Nordic Club
Dhaka is centrally located in Gulshan 2. Nordic Club has
amenities such as restaurant, library, conference room
and smaller conference rooms, fitness room, spa, tennis
court, basketball court and heated swimming pool with
associated children's pool. The Nordic club also offers
accommodation. Address: Road 80, House 2, Gulshan 2,
Dhaka Phone: + 880-2-8810333, Email: [email protected] /
Several reputable tour operators offer package tours
across much of Bangladesh. Individuals can also contact
several of the companies for offers on bespoke travel
Traffic and means of transport: The
main road network has been improved in
recent years, but there are still few four-lane
motorways between the largest cities and the travel time
is therefore long. Construction of bridges over several
large rivers has shortened travel time, but most river
crossings with ferries still occur, and waiting can take
a long time. Bangladesh practices left-hand traffic.
Road safety in Bangladesh is very poor. There are
about 23,000 killed in traffic each year. The accidents
are caused by reckless driving, a chaotic traffic
picture, ignorant drivers and a large number of
technically poor vehicles. Traffic poses the greatest
everyday risk and it is important to bring first aid
equipment on all journeys in Bangladesh.
Due to the high number of road users, hard as well as
soft, traffic is moving at a lower speed in the cities
than on the road. The consequence is a reduced risk of
serious road traffic accidents in cities. On the other
hand, less serious traffic accidents occur frequently,
even in cities. Traveling on the road by car, taxi or
bus is associated with a high risk, especially as many
keep very high speed, even on poorly maintained
stretches. Heavy vehicles expect lighter vehicles as
well as soft road users to give way.
Travel on the roads after dark is not recommended.
Plan longer trips well. Enter a good margin for any
delays and/or engine stops. The risk of being exposed to
robbery and other crime is greater at the time of day
when the roads and streets are less busy and fewer
people move outdoors; early morning and evening and
As a foreigner, one should avoid driving yourself
unless one is very familiar with local conditions. This
is especially true if you are traveling outside Gulshan,
Banani and Baridhara. If you are involved in an
accident, you should not stop. This can be dangerous
because as a foreigner you will often be blamed for the
accident and can be attacked on the spot. At least one
can easily be tried to extort money, regardless of
guilt. Visit the nearest police station or return to the
hotel or embassy to contact relevant authorities. At the
police station you should talk to the officer (Officer
Use of public transport should be avoided as much as
possible. Most hotels offer cars, including airport
pickup and delivery. Private companies also offer a
driver's car. For trips outside Dhaka one should hire a
private car with driver. Check that the car is in good
condition, equipped with safety belts, first aid
equipment, spare wheels and enough fuel and water for
the entire trip.
Bangladesh has an extensive bus network with frequent
departures, which often does not match the timetable.
Most buses are overcrowded and in poor technical
condition. Accidents occur frequently. Local buses can
also be the scene of sexual harassment of women. There
are some express buses with a somewhat better standard.
with air cooling, but even these are not recommended.
There are taxis in Dhaka, but these are of a very low
standard and are not recommended. Drivers do not speak
English, and the cars have neither seat belts nor air
The bike rickshaw (rickshaw) is an exceptional means
of access for short distances on low traffic routes.
These are everywhere. However, there is a risk of
traffic accidents with this means of transport, as
passengers are exposed to possible collisions with other
vehicles. From time to time, rickshaw passengers are
also targets for robbers. When using rickshaw it is
therefore important to keep a close eye on handbags and
Many rickshaw drivers expect higher payments from
foreigners. Although most rickshaw users do not pre-pay,
but rather pay a reasonable amount after the trip, you
can choose to pre-arrange the price to avoid the
discomfort of haggling.
So-called "baby taxis" or CNG are also easy to get
hold of. These are three-wheeled vehicles that run on
natural gas and can accommodate three passengers.
Accidents can occur due to. reckless driving, and there
is also a certain risk of robbery. As a CNG is smaller,
and less secure, than other vehicles in traffic, the
consequences of an accident will be far greater than in
a car, and is therefore not recommended. If you still
use a CNG, it is recommended to agree a price in advance
of a CNG tour, and many drivers expect higher payment
Bangladesh has an extensive but small temporal
railway network. Poor maintenance of the track leads to
occasional derailments. However, regularity is not too
bad and safety is better than on bus. There are trains
for eg. Chattogram in the south and Sylhet and
Mymensingh in the north. Trains will most often be
crowded, but as a rule, space can be reserved for the
first class which has a decent standard and reasonable
prices. Around major holidays, trains are extra crowded,
and passengers are left sitting on the roof or hanging
from the side of the train and should therefore be
avoided at these times of the year.
Aircraft is considered to be the safest means of
transport in Bangladesh. The domestic flights are
relatively good and the prices reasonable. A state-owned
airline (Biman Bangladesh Airlines) and other private
Bangladeshi-registered airlines (NovoAir, Regent Airways
and US-Bangla Airlines) operate the domestic flights.
The Bangladeshi airlines have several daily/weekly
flights to the most frequently visited parts of the
country: Dhaka, Chattogram, Cox's Bazar, Sylhet,
Jessore, Barisal, Saidpur and Rajshahi. The companies
also make some flights to other countries in the region.
Several foreign airlines operate Hazrat Shahjalal
International Airport in Dhaka.
According to IATA (International Air Transport
Association) IOSA (Iata Operational Safety Audit)
certification, only Biman Bangladesh Airlines is
registered with them. They have no comments when it
comes to safety.
The rivers are important transport years for goods as
well as people, and thousands of ferry departures are
made daily in Bangladesh. Regular shipwrecks with high
deaths, on the other hand, make river traffic risky,
especially during the monsoon season as high water
levels and heavy rainfall increase the risk of edging
and shipwrecks. There are also several accidents on the
rivers in connection with holidays like Eid, as many
travel from cities and homes to their villages. One of
the main causes of the many shipwrecks in Bangladesh is
overcrowded vessels. Many boats and ferries are also
poorly equipped with life jackets and other safety
If you want to travel by boat on leisure trips, this
is an alternative on the Dhaka -
Barisal/Khulna/Sundarbans routes. First class on boats
that operate these have usable comfort. Contact
Bangladeshi tour operators for recommendations.
Other practical information
Bangladesh has severe penalties for the import and
possession of drugs. Alcohol is not available with the
exception of a few restaurants, hotels and international
clubs in Dhaka. It is a criminal offense for Bangladeshi
to possess alcohol unless specifically authorized. The
requirement for such a permit does not apply to
Bangladesh is a Muslim country, and women should wear
free clothing that covers their shoulders, arms down to
the elbow and legs down to the ankles when traveling.
This is especially important when traveling to places
where foreigners rarely visit.
Women should avoid traveling around the country on
their own and should not travel alone after dark. Use of
public transport (especially buses) should be avoided as
there may be robbery or sexual abuse of women.
Women should refrain from handshaking to Bangladeshi
men unless the men themselves take the initiative, as
body contact with women is unacceptable to some.