Official Travel Advice for Bangladesh
Summary – from 8 February 2018, there could be protests and disruption following the verdict in a court case against Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia. Be vigilant at all times; if you see a demonstration or are in a situation that could turn dangerous, move to a safe place. Stay away from large gatherings and avoid political offices and rallies
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 18 Mar 2018.
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
From 8 February 2018, there could be protests and disruption following the verdict in a court case against Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia. Be vigilant at all times. If you see a demonstration or are in a situation that could turn dangerous, move to a safe place. Stay away from large gatherings and avoid political offices and rallies.
Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Bangladesh. The threat extends across the country. The last terrorist attack, targeting security forces, occurred in March 2017. There is a risk that future attacks could target public gatherings. In August 2017, the Bangladeshi security forces disrupted a reported plot to target Mourning Day commemorations in Dhaka. There is also the risk that foreign nationals could be directly targeted in future attacks. See Terrorism
The Bangladeshi authorities have successfully disrupted a number of planned attacks and remain at high alert; there may be increases in security force presence and restrictions on movement may be put in place at short notice. Crowded areas and places where foreign nationals are known to gather may be at higher risk of attack. You should minimise your exposure to these areas, consider your movements carefully and follow any specific advice of the local security authorities. See Terrorism
Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL) has claimed responsibility for a number of terrorist attacks in Bangladesh since September 2015.
Groups affiliated to Al Qaeda in the Indian Sub-continent (AQIS) are also active.
The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has carried out assessments of security at Dhaka International Airport. Following these, the DfT has assessed that security at Dhaka airport does not meet some international security requirements. The UK government is working to support the Bangladeshi authorities to ensure that all international aviation security requirements are met. Read more about the DfT assessment.
Tropical cyclones and flooding can affect parts of the country. You should monitor the progress of approaching weather systems on the website of the Bangladesh Meteorological Department, and follow the advice of local authorities. See Natural disasters
Bangladesh lies in a zone of seismic activity. In the event of an earthquake you should remain vigilant, stay in a place of safety and follow any advice provided by the local authorities.
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.
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.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
Up to 150,000 British nationals visit Bangladesh every year. Most visits are trouble free.
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Visitors/Tourists: 303,000 in 2010
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Population: 7,000,940 (in 2008)