Visa formalities


a) Valid passport is required for nationals of all countries for a visit to Bangladesh. However, passports are not required for the holders of identity certificate, laissez passers issued by United Nations and its affiliated bodies and continuous Discharge certificate/Nullies/ Seaman Book (Traveling on duty to join or repatriate from ship) issued by any country recognized by Bangladesh.

b) Visas are required for nationals of all countries with the following exceptions: Bhutan, Barbados, Bostwoana, Burkina Faso, Cyprus, Fiji, Western Samoa, Tonga, Sierra Leone, Lesotho, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Jamaica, Mauritus, Malawi, Maldives, Singapore, Switzerland, St. Kitts and Nevis, Ghana and Gabon. ‘No visa required’ means that no visa is required for stay in Bangladesh upto 90 days only. For further extension of stay permission is required. European, North American and Australian passport holders of Bangladesh origin do not required visa provided they pay US$ 50.00 or equivalent and have their passports stamped “No visa required for travel to Bangladesh” by Bangladesh Missions abroads.

c) The Immigration Authority may issue landing Permit (LP) or Visa-on-Arrival (VOA) to the following category of visitors :
1. Residents and Nationals of the countries where Bangladesh Missions are not located and countries which extend LP or VOA formalities of Bangladesh. Nationals (on reciprocal basis); this however will not be applicable to residents and nationals of those countries against which the government has imposed sanction or embargo.
2. Foreign investors with proper documents or documents certified by the officials of the Board of Investments (BOI) or Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority (BEPZA) or Ministry of Industry presented at the Airport on the arrival.
3. Foreign delegates invited by Ministries or Division of the Government of Bangladesh to seminars, workshops, or International conventions for only the tenure of the stated event provided written request along with testifying documents satisfies the Immigration Authority.
4. Foreigners directly involve in export oriented establishments with documents & TIN (Tax Identification Number) of the concerned export oriented establishment certified by Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) or Bangladesh Garment Manufactures and Exporters Association (BGMEA) or other association of export oriented institutions of Bangladesh;
5. Foreign passport holders of Bangladeshi origin by birth, there children or spouse;
6. Foreign husband/wife of a Bangladesh national;
7. Foreigners with certified documents issued by Tablig Committee, Kakrail Mosque, Dhaka for the purpose of Tablig Jamat and
8. Doctors/Medical team with invitation letter issued by foreign embassies in Bangladesh, United Nations and/or its affiliate organizations for the purpose of emergency treatment and medical care of its officers or employees.
In all cases of LP or VOA the following procedures or conditions must be observed :
a. Arriving foreigners must have a return ticket and at least US$ 500.00 endorsed in their passport.
b. Entry-Exit of persons issued with LP/VOA must be through the same airport; and
c. LP/VOA may be issued for a maximum period of 30 (thirty) days unless otherwise stated and will not be extended under any circumstances (nor extendable).


A tourist may bring in any amount of foreign exchange in the form of Traveller’s Cheque, foreign currency notes or other foreign currency instruments provided he/she fills up a Declaration in Form FMJ obtainable from the customs at the port of entry. However, no declaration is required for bringing in of foreign exchange upto US$ 5,000.00 by foreign tourists. While leaving Bangladesh a tourist can take out unspent balance of the foreign currency brough int.

All taxes including Airport emberkation fee are payable with price of the ticket.
Tourist Baggage (Import) Rules -1981 shall apply to visitors staying in the country for more than 24 hours but not for more than 06(six) months on condition that the visitors shall not intend to reside in the country nor shall get renumerated from within it and in that event she/he shall be allowed to import the following items without duty or tax :
1. Personal imitation jewellery of value not exceeding BDT 3,000.00;
2. One in use wrist watch;
3. One cigarette lighter, two fountain pens, one penknife or instrument of similar use that can be carried in pocket or on person;
4. One electric iron, portable electric plate, a hair drier and an electric shaver;
5. One still camera;
6. One movie camera;
7. One cinematographic camera and a projector;
8. Pair of binoculars;
9. One portable sound recording machine;
10. One portable music system;
11. One portable type writer;
12. One wheel/invalid chair in use;
13. One perambulator or go cart;
14. Fire arms or shooting and other sports accessories;
15. Metal objects trophy, medallion, crests etc;
16. Clothing for personal use;
17. Handbag and goods essential for traveling;
18. Other personal wearing apparels, makeup and cosmetics;
19. Spectacles, physical aid and travel clock;
20. Five photographic films and 10 film plates;
21. Reasonable quantity of film for movie camera;
22.Two rolls of film for cinematographic camera;
23. Reasonable quantity of toys for use of accompanying children;
24. 200 sticks of cigarette or 50 cigars or half lb. of tobacco or less than half lb. of hand made cigarettes;
25. Not more than one third galon of alcoholic beverages;
26. Half lb. of perfume and toiletries;
27. Not more than BDT 100 of confectionery and non alcoholic beverages.
The exemption is made with the understanding that a tourist shall re-export items 1-15 listed above. In addition he/she may import non-professional video camera and/or microcomputer with less than 1 megabyte initial random access memory and C&F value not exceeding BDT 100,000 provided the intention to re-export the said computer and/or video camera is endrosed in passport and also a written declaration of such intentions is made to the Assistant Commissioner of Customs.