Visa policy of Bangladesh

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Entry stamp of Bangladesh
Exit stamp of Bangladesh
Bangladeshi Tourist Visa issued to a national of Singapore

As a sovereign state, Bangladesh requires all foreigners to obtain permission to enter its territory. Visas are issued by Bangladesh missions located throughout the world or, if applicable, on arrival in Bangladesh. All foreigners require a valid Bangladeshi visa to enter Bangladesh. Most diplomats can get a Visa On Arrival in Bangladesh if travelling with a diplomatic passport. Tourists, investors and business travellers can get a single entry Visa On Arrival in Bangladesh, if travelling with an eligible passport; carrying US $500 in cash/credit; having a return/onward air ticket or train ticket; and if entering Bangladesh by air, sea or road but not on a train. The Visa On Arrival fee must be paid only in cash when entering Bangladesh and the cost per person is US $51 or €51, with all taxes included. The maximum duration of this single entry Visa On Arrival is 30 days and it can be extended for an additional 30 days. Applicants can apply for the extension of the Visa On Arrival up to a week before visa expiry but not sooner. Visa extensions are available at the Department of Immigration and Passports located in West Agargaon, Dhaka City.[1]

Visa policy map[edit]

  Bangladesh
  Visa exempt
  Specifically designated as "visa on arrival" eligible
  Specifically designated as "visa on arrival" ineligible
  Visa on arrival (conditions apply)
  Admission refused[2]

Visa exemption[edit]

According to data provided by IATA, citizens of the following 23 countries are exempt from visa requirement:[3]

According to the Consulate General of Bangladesh in New York, citizens of  Ireland also do not require a visa.[4]

Visa on arrival[edit]

Visa on arrival issued to a Chinese citizen at Shahjalal International Airport

According to data provided by IATA, the following countries are specifically listed as countries whose citizens can obtain visa on arrival for the purpose of official duty, business, investment and tourism regardless of the Bangladeshi mission status:[3][5]

According to data provided by IATA, citizens of certain countries may obtain a visa on arrival for the maximum stay of 30 days, except the following 26:[3]

1 — unless they are residing in a country without a Bangladeshi representation

Admission Refused[edit]

Transit and entry is refused to Israeli passports holders due to the lack of any diplomatic relationship between Bangladesh and Israel. However, an exception is made for Palestinians who hold Israeli passports.[6] Transit and entry is allowed to holders of passports issued in other countries, even if they contain Israeli visas or stamps in them.

Alternative visa policy information[edit]

Visa policy of Bangladesh according to the Eligibility Test for Landing Permit (LP) of the Bangladesh Police

The Eligibility Test for Landing Permit (LP) provided by the Special Branch gives slightly different visa policy information.[7]

No Visa Required seal/vignette[edit]

Bangladesh missions provide a No Visa Required (NVR) seal or vignette (sticker) for Bangladeshis holding a foreign passport and nationality, as well as to non-Bangladeshis who are descendants or spouses of Bangladeshis.[8][9] The guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs do not explicitly indicate whether the spousal NVR entitlement only applies to opposite-sex couples.[8] The NVR is placed on a blank page in the applicant's foreign passport. It is either in the form of a seal or a vignette (sticker), although the seal form is being phased out and replaced by the vignette. This NVR allows the passenger to travel to Bangladesh an unlimited number of times without any restrictions on duration, or limits on entry, throughout the validity of the passport containing the NVR.[10] The NVR is valid until the validity of the passport and can be transferred to a new passport of the same person as and when required.[9]

Non-ordinary passports[edit]

Additionally, only holders of diplomatic and official passports of the following countries do not require visas for 30 days unless otherwise noted:

A visa waiver agreement was signed with Brunei for holders of diplomatic and official passports in April 2019.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Visa Information". Embassy of Bangladesh, Washington, D.C. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  2. ^ "National Israel (IL) / Destination Bangladesh (BD)". IATA TimaticWeb. IATA. 16 February 2015. Archived from the original on 26 July 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Olympic Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Visa Exemption". www.bdcgny.org. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Visa Policy of Bangladesh: Visa on Arrival". Bangladesh Tourism Board. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  6. ^ http://cms.olympicair.com/timatic/webdocsI/spdbmainv.html
  7. ^ "Eligibility Test for Landing Permit (LP)". Immigration, Bangladesh Police.
  8. ^ a b "পাসপোর্টে "No Visa Required for Travel of Bangladesh" সীল প্রদান প্রসংগে - স্বঃমঃ(বহি-২)/১পি-৭/২০০৬/১৪৩৫ - স্বরাষ্ট্র মন্ত্রণালয়, গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশ সরকার (The Ministry of Home Affairs, Bangladesh Government), বহিরাগমন শাখা - ২" (PDF) (in Bengali). The Ministry of Home Affairs, Bangladesh Government via Embassy of Bangladesh, Denmark. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  9. ^ a b "No Visa Required (NVR) for NRBs". Embassy of Bangladesh, Germany. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Instructions and Requirements for NVR (No Visa Required) - The Embassy of Bangladesh in Washington DC". www.bdembassyusa.org. Archived from the original on 27 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Focus on reciprocal investments". The Independent. 24 April 2019. Archived from the original on 24 April 2019.