Bangladesh Entry Requirements
A passport with at least one blank visa page and six months validity
beyond your intended stay, a visa and onward/return ticket are required
to enter Bangladesh. Although airport visas (landing permits) are
available to U.S. citizens upon arrival by air, the U.S. Embassy in
Dhaka does not recommend this option for most categories of travelers
as working hours may not coincide with flight arrival times and precise
formalities can vary. Securing your visa in advance is strongly recommended
Those in a hurry can employ the services of a registered expediting service courier in order to get a visa to Bangladesh quickly
Visas are typically issued with validity for the exact
duration of your intended stay, which may be up to 30 days. A visa fee
of USD $160 must be paid to the embassy or consulate. Passport
sized photos for your visa may be taken at the airport.
If you plan to travel extensively in the region, you need to
apply for a multiple-entry visa before arrival in order to return to
Dhaka. Future NGO workers in Bangladesh should ask for updated
information from their sponsor to ensure that they obtain the correct
visa. Changing your immigration status after entering Bangladesh can be
difficult and time consuming.
Long term visitors or foreign nationals who plan to enter
Bangladesh to work must obtain clearances and permits prior to arrival.
Increased financial penalties may result from overstaying visas.
Visitors who overstay for more than 90 days may violate the Foreigners
Act of 1946 and can be charged accordingly. Please check with the
nearest Bangladeshi Embassy
or Consulate before traveling, or visit the Bangadeshi Immigration
Police web site at www.immi.gov.bd, which provides further details on
rules relating to foreigner registrations.
Expiring visas may be extended at the Directorate of
Immigration and Passport, located at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Agargaon,
Dhaka. They can be contacted at (880-2) 913-1891 and 913-4011. The fee
for the new visa is US $160 plus taxes.
Exit taxes are implemented to all passengers departing by air.
The amount varies depending on the destination; exit taxes are most
expensive when you are headed to the United States. Children under two
years of age and passengers transiting through Bangladesh under 72
hours are exempt from this rule. Those who are departing Bangladesh via
land travel must secure a road permit from the Director General of
Immigration and Passports in Dhaka.
Travelers are not allowed to exit Bangladesh with more than
5000 Bangladesh Taka (BDT). Any amount in excess may need to be
surrendered to customs officials. Foreign travelers must have at least
USD $500 in cash or on a credit card and may carry up to USD $5000 into
the country. You cannot leave with more USD than you initially
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