Tourist trip to Bangladesh: necessary documents, visa and customs rules, health insurance
Bangladesh is a very popular destination for tourism throughout Asia. The country is visited every year by millions of tourists who want to get acquainted with local cuisine, and traditions and see historical attractions. The Bangladeshi authorities strongly promote the popularization of tourism, so for convenience, travellers are offered several types of visas. Read more about the visa policy of the country, customs rules, and features of paperwork in this material.
For most citizens of different countries, a visa is required to enter the country. It can be obtained at the embassy or upon arrival.
The arrival visa is issued for up to 30 days. If you need a permit for a longer period, you need to contact the Consulate of Bangladesh.
The visa you get at the consulate can be urgent or not urgent. Urgent is issued in 2 days, not urgent - about 6.
There are the following types of visas:
To obtain them, you need to collect the following documents:
- Passport with a "reserve" validity period of more than 6 months;
- 2 passport-sized photos;
- Completed application form;
- Copy of passport;
- Round-trip plane tickets;
- Confirmation of payment of the consular fee;
- Confirmation of hotel reservation.
Important: The consular fee is 100 dollars.
Please note that after obtaining a visa, its validity period is from 1 to 3 months – during this period you must cross the country's border.
Travel insurance policy for travel to Bangladesh
As in any country in Asia, when traveling to Bangladesh, you need to obtain health insurance. Depending on the country of your origin, the registration of an insurance policy is either advisory or mandatory. But if you listen to common sense, it is better to arrange it to avoid various health problems.
To get travel insurance, you need to use the services of any insurance company. The contract must contain information about the parties of the contract, the area of effect, and the list of insurance claims covered by the insurer.
Important: Bangladesh does not provide high-tech medical services. Therefore, in the insurance contract, it is desirable to make a clause on medical evacuation to neighbouring countries where such services are provided.
Customs regulations of Bangladesh
Bangladesh has its own customs rules, which you shouldn’t violate, so as not to spoil your vacation.
Currency. Officially, the import and export of currency are not limited, but they must be declared (if the amount exceeds the equivalent of 150 dollars per person). Local currency can also be transported, but no more than 100 takas per person.
If you have paid in Bangladesh for a product or service in foreign currency, you must have a cash receipt (however, this requirement is rarely met).
Alcohol and tobacco products. You can import up to 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 225 grams of tobacco. As for alcohol, only non-Muslims can import it - up to 2 liters per person.
Clothes and shoes can be imported without problems, and all precious objects and electronic devices must be signed into the declaration. If you buy household appliances on the local market, be sure to save the checks – they need to be shown at customs.
The following things are prohibited from import:
It is forbidden to export antiques from the country.
To bring a pet into the country, you need an appropriate international veterinary certificate.
The simultaneous stay of visitors in the hotel lobby not more than one person per 10 square meters of serviceable area is allowed.
Persons can visit hotels and stay there (outside hotel room) only if they wear respirator or face mask (including homemade mask), so that the nose and mouth are covered.
Hotel guests are obliged to keep the 1.5 meters distance.
Online check-in making in advance is recommended to avoid queues at check-in to hotel.
Meals in hotels are provided through meals delivery service to rooms upon prior order or at hotel restaurants situated inside or in open areas, provided the distance of at least 1.5 meters between seats at adjacent tables.
Not more than 4 clients are allowed to stay at the table (excluding children under 14 years old). Unless these tables are separated by a special partition;
Self-serve is not allowed.