Saturday, September 18, 2021

Visa & Passport Requirements for Bangladesh

AsiaBangladeshVisa & Passport Requirements for Bangladesh
Visa restrictions
Israeli nationals will be denied entry, while holders of foreign passports with Israeli stamps and visas would not face any restrictions. Foreigners visiting the three districts of Chittagong Hill Tracts: Rangamati, Khagrachhari, and Bandarban have been subjected to the “no free passes” rule from January 7, 2015. As a consequence, international visitors must submit a request to the Ministry of the Interior one month before to their planned visit.

Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Bhutan, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Jamaica, Guyana, Honduras, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Montserrat, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Uruguay, Vatican City, and Zambia do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days

According to the current VISA database, Australian residents may pay USD50 for a 90-day visa upon arrival. [www]

Passengers in transit do not need visas if they continue their trip on the first aircraft that links them, as long as they have valid papers on or after them and do not leave the airport.

Tourists and business visitors arriving at Dhaka and Chittagong airports may sometimes get a “landing permission” from the Chief of Immigration for stays of up to 15 days if they have return airline tickets. Although this is an unconventional approach, it is not accessible to the ordinary traveler.

All other nationals need a visa to enter Bangladesh. It is preferred to acquire it in your own country, although visas may also be obtained at embassies and consulates in adjacent countries. Visas are only available on arrival if there is no Bangladeshi diplomatic mission in your home country or if you are a “privileged investor” invited by a Bangladeshi export trade agency. Be prepared to provide documents confirming these government entities’ invites.

If you were a Bangladeshi citizen at one time and now hold a passport from another country, you may visit the Bangladeshi High Commission to get a “No visa needed” stamp, which acts as a permanent visa as long as your passport does not expire. Bangladeshi children and grandchildren may also take use of this opportunity.

If you apply in your home country, you may typically obtain a 3-month visa if arriving by air, or a 15-day visa if arriving by land. The costs vary depending on the nationality of the applicant and the length of the visa sought.

Citizens of Australia: The Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra charges AU $ 150 for all visas. For additional information, go to the High Commission’s official website at [www]. As noted above, the visa seems to be available for purchase upon arrival.

Belgian citizens: As of August 2013, the Embassy of Bangladesh in Belgium does not have a website. A single-entry tourist visa enables you to remain for one month (up to three per special request), and you must utilize it within three months after receiving it. It is expected to arrive one week after the application is filed. From 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., the visa office is open. You must apply for the visa in person or send someone to do it on your behalf. When submitting your application, you must include the following papers.

Citizens of Canada – A three-month single-entry visa costs C$80, while a multiple-entry visa costs C$158. The visa application for Canada may be found at [www]. Tourist visas are now granted at the airport for 30 days, with the option to renew for up to 60 days.

Citizens of the United Kingdom – A single-entry visa costs £40, a double-entry visa costs £52, a three-entry visa costs £75, and a four-entry visa costs £104. This page explains how to apply for a visa from the United Kingdom. Bangladeshi consulates may also be found in Birmingham and Manchester: [www].

Citizens of the United States should contact the embassy in Washington, D.C. at [www]. If acquired from inside the United States, the visa cost is now $160 and may be applied for by mail. Most issues may also be answered at consulates in Los Angeles [www] and New York [www]; be sure you read the ‘visa requirements’ sections carefully. Payable to “Consulate General of Bangladesh” using a US cashier’s check, money order, or bank draft. Money orders from outside the United States, personal checks, and cash are not accepted. Tourists from the United States may get visas on arrival for up to 30 days (duration may vary at certain land crossings), as long as they have at least $500 in cash or traveler’s checks. The charge, which remains at $160, must be paid in cash (USD, EUR or GBP).

Only 15-day visas are issued by the Bangladesh High Commission in Kolkata, Circus Ave (just east of AJC Bose Rd), +91 (0)33 2290 5208/5209, which range from free for Indians to a costly Rs 5000 (US $110) for American nationals. Weekdays from 9-11 a.m., applications are accepted at window #4, and visas are usually available the following afternoon. Bring three passport photographs, as well as duplicates of your passport and Indian visa.

Visa extensions

In Dhaka, at the Immigration and Passport Office on Agargaon Rd, visa extensions are available. Even if you’re simply attempting to turn your 15-day visa into a full-fledged 30-90-day visa, fees remain the same, making a side trip from India for more than 15 days a costly effort. If you just wish to remain for a few days, it’s preferable to pay the Tk 200/day overstay charge for up to 15 days, which rises to Tk 500/day after that. If you don’t point it out yourself, some of the smaller backwater crossings, such as Tamabil, may not even notice that you’ve overstayed.