Official Travel Advice for Bangladesh
Summary - addition of information and advice on Bishwa Ijtema and incidents at Dhaka University campus; removal of references to Dhaka police security notices for Christmas church services
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 20 Jan 2020.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to the Chittagong Hill Tracts. This does not include the city of Chittagong or other parts of Chittagong Division. See Chittagong Hill Tracts
Up to 150,000 British nationals visit Bangladesh every year. Most visits are trouble free.
There have been several incidents of crude bombings at the Dhaka University campus. If you’re visiting the area, you should remain vigilant and keep up to date with developments.
Bishwa Ijtema, the world’s second largest congregation of Muslims, will be held in two phases from 10 to 12 January and 17 to 19 January 2020 beside the Turag River in Tongi (about 3km north of Dhaka). Temporary disruption to daily life in and around Dhaka may occur. In previous years there have been reports of violence; you should remain vigilant. If you’re travelling through Dhaka International Airport during this time, you should allow extra time for your journey due to heavy traffic and extra security measures.
Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Bangladesh. The threat extends across the country. There have been several IED attacks targeting police and security forces in Dhaka in 2019 and an IED attack against an Awami League office in Khulna city. There is a risk that future attacks could target public gatherings, including religious gatherings and political rallies, crowded areas, places with a police or security presence and locations where foreign nationals are known to gather. You should minimise your exposure to these areas, consider your movements carefully and follow any specific advice of the local authorities. See Terrorism
Political rallies with the potential for disorder or clashes between groups and with law enforcement agencies may take place. Across Bangladesh you are advised to avoid large gatherings, including those for religious gatherings, festivals and political rallies. See Political violence
Severe air pollution is a major hazard to public health, especially during the winter months. Dhaka is currently experiencing extremely high levels of pollution. See Air pollution
Although British nationals are eligible for visa on arrival for a period of 1 month for the purpose of official duty, business, investment and tourism, you’re advised to get a visa before travelling. See Visas
As a result of ongoing violence in Myanmar (Burma) since August 2017, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees have arrived in the south-east of Bangladesh and are concentrated in the sub-districts of Ukhia and Teknaf in the southern part of Cox’s Bazar district. There have been reports of insecurity, protests and some violence in these areas. See Myanmar border
Tropical cyclones and flooding can affect parts of the country. You should monitor the Bangladesh Meteorological Department for updates, and follow the advice of local authorities. See Tropical cyclones
Bangladesh lies in a zone of seismic activity. See Earthquakes
The British High Commission has no authority to intervene on behalf of British nationals of Bangladeshi origin with regard to land or property problems. See Property disputes
Mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever occur all year round. There’s been a significant increase in the number of cases of dengue fever across Bangladesh, including in Dhaka. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. See Health
UK health authorities have classified Bangladesh as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission. Consular support is limited in parts of Bangladesh where we advise against all but essential travel.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.
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Population: 7,000,940 (in 2008)