2020 Indo-Pacific Business Forum Promotes Free and Open Indo-Pacific

U.S. Embassy Dhaka is transmitting this U.S. Department of State Spokesperson statement issued Thursday, October 29, 2020 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release October 29, 2020 FACT SHEET The third annual Indo-Pacific Business Forum took place online and in Hanoi, Vietnam on October 28-29, 2020. It showcased high-impact private-sector investment ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh. Event: The Islami Andolan Bangladesh (IAB) religious organization plans to hold a rally November 1, 2020, at the National Press Club in the Motijheel area (approximately 12 km from the U.S. Embassy) and march to the French Embassy to protest the French government’s response after the murder of a French teacher in ... Read More»

U.S. Announces Humanitarian Assistance at the International Conference on Sustaining Support for the Rohingya Refugee Response

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY OF STATE, MICHAEL R. POMPEO October 22, 2020 Today, the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) conducted a virtual conference on Sustaining International Support for the Rohingya Refugee Response. The United States announced ... Read More»

Readout: Deputy Secretary Biegun Co-Hosts Donor Conference, “Sustaining Support for the Rohingya Refugee Response”

Today, the United States, led by Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun, co-hosted a virtual Rohingya Refugee Donor Conference along with the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).  U.S. Agency for International Development Acting Administrator John Barsa joined the Deputy Secretary in hosting the event.  Deputy Secretary Biegun and ... Read More»

Statement by Deputy Secretary, Stephen Biegun

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release October 22, 2020 Thank you, Acting Assistant Secretary O’Connell, and thank you for the kind introduction and for your incredible leadership here in the United States, especially in the Rohingya response.  I would also like to thank my co-hosts Minister of State Ahmad, Commissioner ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Location:  Bangladesh, countrywide. Event:  Durga Puja, the 5-day Hindu festival, will be held from October 22-26.  Thousands of participants will gather at Hindu temples throughout the country in celebration. Security Guidance Reminder for all U.S. citizens:  In addition to continuing to take sound COVID-related health precautions, practice sound personal security measures by remaining alert, being aware of ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh Event: The Internet Service providers in Dhaka have announced a planned outage of internet and data services beginning Sunday 18-Oct-2020 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and recurring at the same time every day until a lasting agreement is reached between the Dhaka City Corporations and the internet service providers. During these potential outages, you can contact the ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in the 2020 Election

The 2020 U.S. elections are on November 3.  The U.S Embassy, Dhaka strongly encourages U.S citizens in Bangladesh to mail sealed ballots no later than October 15.  The Embassy will continue to receive and mail sealed ballots after this date, but cannot ensure timely arrival. Vote now. Vote your absentee ballot as soon as you get it, ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (October 11, 2020)  Location:  Dhaka, Bangladesh  Note:  The U.S. Embassy remains open for business.   Event:  The U.S. Embassy is aware of large groups that are expected to gather around the Embassy of Italy on Road 74, Gulshan 2 and the GoB Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  We anticipate the groups will continue to gather for ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Mail your ballot now to ensure it arrives in time to be counted! Ballots mailed through the Embassy’s diplomatic pouch take up to four (4) weeks to arrive in the United States, and then take additional time to process through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), and the USPS notes potential mail delays this year.  As ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (October 4, 2020) Location:  Dhaka, Bangladesh Note:  The U.S. Embassy remains open for business. Event:  The U.S. Embassy is aware of a gathering of about 10,000 people in Karwan Bazar outside of the Pan Pacific Shonargaon Hotel which houses the Saudi Arabian Airlines office.  A crowd has also gathered at the Biman Bangladesh ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (September 27, 2020) Location:  Dhaka, Bangladesh Note:  The U.S. Embassy remains open for business. Event:  The U.S. Embassy is aware of a large, non-violent group currently gathered around the Embassy of Saudi Arabia on Road 83, Gulshan 2; we anticipate the group will continue to gather daily for an undetermined period of time.  U.S. ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens– U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Message for U.S. Citizens– U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (September 27, 2020) Location:  Bangladesh Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By   If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

(September 12, 2020) Location:  Dhaka, Bangladesh Note:  The U.S. Embassy remains open for business. Event:  Due to political rallies and demonstrations underway, the Embassy advises U.S. citizens to avoid Roads 83, 84, 86, 90 and the areas around Justice Shahbuddin Park and Unimart in Gulshan 2 until 6 a.m. Monday, September 13, 2020. Security Guidance Reminder for all ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Virtual Town Hall – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh Location:  Bangladesh Note:  The U.S. Embassy continues to be open for business. Event:  U.S. citizens are invited to join Ambassador Miller and members of the United States Embassy for a virtual Town Hall meeting via WebEx on Monday, August 31, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. (GMT +6). Ambassador Miller will discuss the importance ... Read More»

Health and Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Location:  Bangladesh Note:  The U.S. Embassy remains open for business. Event:   The Eid ul-Azha will be commemorated on August 1, and the Government of Bangladesh will celebrate it as a national holiday beginning July 31 and ending August 2. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to remain vigilant during the holiday period, make sensible security and health-related decisions, and ... Read More»

Kalyanpur Families Receive Food Assistance through $7 Million U.S. Government Program

Ambassador Earl Miller and Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Md. Atiqul Islam visited with families in Kalyanpur Bosti who are receiving food assistance through a new USAID-funded program benefitting 50,000 residents in two Dhaka neighborhoods.  The program is part of the $56.5 million in total U.S. government assistance provided by all U.S. government agencies to ... Read More»

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Location:  Bangladesh Note:  The U.S. Embassy remains open for business. Event:  The Government of Bangladesh announced on July 22, 2020 that effective July 26, all foreign passport holders, including U.S. citizens, departing from any airport in Bangladesh on any airline must show a COVID-19 Test Certificate at the airport, except the following: Diplomats, members of UN organizations and sister organizations ... Read More»

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Location:  Bangladesh Note: The U.S. Embassy remains open for business. Event: The Government of Bangladesh announced on July 18, 2020 that effective Thursday, July 23, all Bangladeshi citizens departing from any airport in Bangladesh on any airline must show COVID-19 PCR test results at the time of check-in.  The Embassy has confirmed this requirement does not apply to U.S. citizens.  ... Read More»

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Location:  Bangladesh Note: The U.S. Embassy remains open for business. Event: The U.S. Embassy has learned that effective Friday, July 10, passengers departing from Dhaka on Emirates must show COVID-19 PCR test results at the time of check-in in order to depart Bangladesh.  The test must have been administered no more than 96 hours/4 days prior to flight departure. For ... Read More»

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Location:  Bangladesh Note:  The U.S. Embassy remains open for business. Event:  The Government of Bangladesh has authorized the resumption of limited international commercial flights. Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Emirates, and Qatar Airways have resumed flights, and Turkish Airlines is scheduled to resume flights in July.  U.S. citizens wishing to travel should contact the airlines directly to purchase a ... Read More»

Ambassador Miller’s Remarks at Virtual Counterterrorism Conference for Regional Criminal Justice Officials in Manila

Good day, everyone.  As-salamu alaykum. Warm greetings from Dhaka. There’s a wonderfully forgiving phrase I used in southern Africa when there were far too many distinguished dignitaries to properly recognize:  all protocols observed. But I would like to thank Ambassador Kim and his team for hosting this important workshop.  And thank all participants.  What an ... Read More»

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (May 30, 2020)   Location:  Bangladesh   Note:  The U.S. Embassy remains open for business.   Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh is working to arrange a dedicated flight for U.S. citizens and their families departing Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Wednesday, June 3.  The final destination of this tentative flight is John F. Kennedy ... Read More»

Embassy Provides COVID-19 Response Equipment to Kamalapur Railway General Hospital

U.S. Embassy Dhaka coordinated with the Ministries of Health and Railways to distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) to the COVID-19 response facility, the second in a series of planned distributions. DHAKA, May 28, 2020 – United States Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller and Embassy representatives of the U.S. military’s Indo-Pacific Command delivered today essential personal ... Read More»

Virtual Town Hall – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Virtual Town Hall – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (May 28, 2020) Location:  Bangladesh Note:  The U.S. Embassy continues to be open for business. Event:  U.S. citizens are invited to join Ambassador Miller and members of the United States Embassy for a virtual Town Hall meeting via WebEx on Monday, June 1 at 2 p.m. (GMT +6).   Ambassador Miller will discuss the Embassy’s ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Location: Bay of Bengal; Khulna; Jessore; Barisal Event: Cyclone Amphan is predicted to make landfall on Wednesday, May 20, in the western part of Khulna.  Satkira District in Khulna remains the primary point of impact for Bangladesh.  There may be serious wind gusts.  The projected trajectory of the cyclone may result in residual effects primarily in ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Location: Bay of Bengal; Khulna; Jessore; Barisal Note: The U.S. Embassy continues to be open for business. Event: A cyclone has formed in the Bay of Bengal and is moving towards Bangladesh.  Cyclone Amphan is predicted to make landfall on Wednesday, May 20, in the vicinity of Khulna.  There may be serious wind gusts.  The ... Read More»

Apply Now for Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers (Fulbright DAI) 2020

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers (Fulbright DAI) brings international primary and secondary teachers to the United States for a semester-long professional development program at a U.S. host university to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. Read More»

Travel/Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Location:  Bangladesh Note:  The U.S. Embassy continues to be open for business. Event:  The U.S. Embassy continues to explore options for American citizens to depart Bangladesh.  Should potential travel opportunities arise, and if you would like to receive information about these opportunities, please register in the new sign-up form:  https://bit.ly/35bbXtW .  Please note that registering at this link does not guarantee that you ... Read More»

Virtual Town Hall – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Location:  Bangladesh Note:  The U.S. Embassy continues to be open for business. Event:  U.S. citizens are invited to join Ambassador Earl Miller and members of the United States Embassy for a virtual Town Hall meeting via WebEx on Monday, April 27 at 3 p.m. (GMT +6). Ambassador Miller will discuss the Embassy’s response to COVID-19 and participate ... Read More»

Virtual Town Hall – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

April 23, 2020 Location:  Bangladesh Note:  The U.S. Embassy continues to be open for business. Event:  U.S. citizens are invited to join Ambassador Earl Miller and members of the United States Embassy for a virtual Town Hall meeting via WebEx on Monday, April 27 at 3 p.m. (GMT +6). Ambassador Miller will discuss the Embassy’s ... Read More»

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (April 19, 2020) Location:  Bangladesh Note:  The U.S. Embassy remains open for business.  Event:  The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassy Bangladesh have arranged a special chartered flight for Americans and their families.  The flight will depart from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Tuesday, April ... Read More»

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (April 17, 2020) Location:  Bangladesh Note:  The U.S. Embassy remains open for business.  Event:  The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassy Bangladesh are working to arrange a special chartered flight for U.S. citizens and their families departing Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.  The flight is not ... Read More»

Virtual Town Hall – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Virtual Town Hall – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (April 16, 2020) Location:  Bangladesh Note:  The U.S. Embassy continues to be open for business. Event:  U.S. citizens are invited to join Ambassador Miller and members of the United States Embassy for a virtual Town Hall meeting via WebEx on Thursday, April 16 at 2 p.m. (GMT ... Read More»

Virtual Town Hall – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Location:  Bangladesh Note:  The U.S. Embassy continues to be open for business. Event:  U.S. citizens are invited to join Ambassador Miller and members of the United States Embassy for a virtual Town Hall meeting via WebEx on Thursday, April 16 at 2 p.m. (GMT +6). Ambassador Miller will discuss the Embassy’s response to COVID-19 and ... Read More»

United States and Bangladesh partner to help U.S. Citizens return home

The United States Embassy in Dhaka is open and continues to provide emergency services to American citizens and emergency visa services on a case-by-case basis. The Embassy remains committed to working with the Government of Bangladesh and with other Bangladeshi friends and partners to respond to COVID-19. Read More»

Ambassador Miller Urges AmCham Members to Show Leadership in Handling Covid-19 Pandemic

Hello everyone. I’m Earl Miller, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh. Thank you for joining our virtual town hall meeting for members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, I have been hosting regular virtual town halls to speak directly to American citizens and friends in Bangladesh about assistance the Embassy ... Read More»

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Registration for the chartered flight to Washington, D.C. on Monday, April 13, 2020 has ended.  All confirmed passengers and those on the stand-by list have received an e-mail with further instructions.  Unless you received an e-mail from the Embassy, please do not come to the airport on Monday.  Read More»

Virtual Town Hall – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

April 9, 2020 Location:  Bangladesh Note:  The U.S. Embassy continues to be open for business. Event:  U.S. citizens are invited to join Ambassador Miller and members of the United States Embassy for a virtual Town Hall meeting via WebEx on Thursday, April 9 at 3 p.m. (GMT +6). Ambassador Miller will discuss the Embassy’s response ... Read More»

Virtual Town Hall – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Location:  Bangladesh Note:  The U.S. Embassy continues to be open for business. Event:  The virtual Town Hall previously scheduled for April 8 has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 9 at 3 p.m. (GMT +6). U.S. citizens are invited to join Ambassador Miller and members of the United States Embassy for a virtual Town Hall meeting ... Read More»

Virtual Town Hall – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Location: Bangladesh Note: The U.S. Embassy continues to be open for business. Event: U.S. citizens are invited to join Ambassador Miller and members of the United States Embassy for a virtual Town Hall meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, April 8 at 3 p.m. (GMT +6). Ambassador Miller will discuss the Embassy’s response to COVID-19 and ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Location:  Bangladesh Note:  The U.S. Embassy remains open for business.  Event:  The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassy Bangladesh have arranged a special chartered flight for U.S. citizens and their families departing Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Sunday, April 5, 2020.  This flight will include a Dhaka to Doha, Qatar leg and ... Read More»

Virtual Town Hall – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Location:  Bangladesh Note: The U.S. Embassy continues to be open for business. Event:  U.S. citizens are invited to join Ambassador Miller and members of the United States Embassy for a virtual Town Hall meeting via Zoom on Thursday, April 2 at 3 p.m. (GMT +6).  Ambassador Miller will discuss the Embassy’s efforts to secure flights ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Location:  Bangladesh Note:  The U.S. Embassy remains open for business. Event: U.S. Embassy, Dhaka, Bangladesh continues to work with the Department of State and Government of Bangladesh to charter another flight for U.S. Citizens and their families.  We will announce the next flight when details are confirmed. If you seek our assistance in returning to the ... Read More»

Virtual Town Hall – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Location:  Bangladesh Note:  The U.S. Embassy remains open for business. Event:  U.S. citizens are invited to join Ambassador Earl R. Miller and members of the United States Embassy for a Virtual Town Hall meeting via Zoom on Thursday, April 2 at 3 p.m. (GMT +6). Ambassador Miller will discuss the Embassy’s efforts to secure flights ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Location:  Bangladesh Note:  The U.S. Embassy remains open for business. Event:  On Monday, March 30, the Embassy helped many Americans and their family members depart Dhaka for the United States on a chartered flight.  The Embassy continues to work with the Department of State and Government of Bangladesh to charter another flight in the coming ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Location:  Bangladesh Note:  The U.S. Embassy remains open for business. Event:  On March 28, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh, announced, effective from March 31 to April 7, all scheduled international commercial passenger flights from Bahrain, Bhutan, Hong Kong, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates (UAE) ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy [Dhaka, Bangladesh] (March 28, 2020)

Location:  Bangladesh Note: The U.S. Embassy continues to be open for business. Event:  U.S. citizens are invited to join Ambassador Earl R. Miller for a Virtual Town Hall meeting via Zoom on Saturday, March 28 at 3 p.m. (GMT +6).  Ambassador Miller will discuss the Embassy’s efforts to secure flights to the United States and ... Read More»

Embassy Closed March 26 for BD Independence Day; Emergency services for American citizens available

Emergency services for American citizens will be available. Embassy will maintain normal working hours, March 29-April 2, 2020. DHAKA, MARCH 25, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy, including the Consular Section, will be closed on Thursday, March 26, 2020, in observance of Bangladesh Independence Day.  Emergency services for American citizens will be available.  Please call (88) ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy [Dhaka, Bangladesh] (March 25, 2020)

Location: [Bangladesh] Event:  The U.S. Embassy will remain open during normal working hours from March 29 to April 2 and thereafter for American Citizen Services appointments and emergency services.  Due to the government holiday in Bangladesh, public transportation will be limited, and you may experience difficulty getting to the Embassy. If you would like to ... Read More»

Town Hall- U.S. Embassy [Dhaka, Bangladesh]

Location:  Bangladesh Event:  Town Hall for U.S. Citizens U.S. citizens are invited to join Ambassador Earl R. Miller for a Virtual Town Hall meeting via Zoom on Sunday, March 22 at 3:30 p.m. Ambassador Miller will discuss COVID-19 in Bangladesh and answer some of your questions. U.S. Embassy consular staff will also be there. To ... Read More»

Town Hall – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Town Hall – U.S. Embassy [Dhaka, Bangladesh] (March 19, 2020) Location: Bangladesh Event: U.S. citizens are invited to a Virtual Town Hall with Ambassador Earl R. Miller on Monday, March 23 from 15:30 p.m.—16:30 p.m. via Zoom. Ambassador Miller will discuss COVID-19 in Bangladesh and participate in a Q&A session.  U.S. Embassy Consular staff will ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy [Dhaka, Bangladesh]

Location: Bangladesh Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 100,000 reported cases worldwide.  On March 15, the Bangladesh Ministry of Health announced an additional three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bangladesh, bringing the total number of confirmed cases ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy [Dhaka, Bangladesh]

Location: Bangladesh Event:  On March 8, the Bangladesh Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research announced 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bangladesh. The government of Bangladesh has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (March 05, 2020) Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh Event: The Chattro Student Federation has called for a protest at the Indian High Commission at 1100 today. Police have controlled pedestrians and local vehicular traffic with barricades at the UN circle, and at the Bashtola, and Netunbazar intersections. The U.S. Embassy ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Dhaka Announces EducationUSA Academy 2020

Eleven U.S. colleges and universities, including top ranked universities in aviation, aerospace, and other STEM-focused programs, offer two- to four-week pre-college enrichment programs for 15- to 17-year old students from around the world.   Application deadlines range from March 1-early June 2020. DHAKA, February 26, 2020 – U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce that ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Partners with Bangladesh Fire Support and Civil Defense Services to Build Capacity of Medical First Responders

30 FSCD officers from across Barisal Division participated in the second Medical First Responder Seminar of 2020 facilitated in part by recent MFRS participants from the Bangladesh Police.   DHAKA, February 27, 2020 – From February 23-27, U.S. Embassy Dhaka conducted its second Medical First Responder Seminar (MFRS) of 2020 in Amtali, Barisal Division, Bangladesh. ... Read More»

U.S. TRADE SHOW PROMOTES U.S.-BANGLADESH ECONOMIC TIES

PRESS RELEASE U.S. TRADE SHOW PROMOTES U.S.-BANGLADESH ECONOMIC TIES The Trade Show takes place February 27-29 and features leading U.S. companies in Bangladesh and seminars on U.S. visas, study in the United States, private sector engagement, and America’s Indo-Pacific Economic Vision. DHAKA, February 27, 2020 – On February 27, 2020, Chargé d’affaires a.i.  (CDA) JoAnne ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Launches Bengali Language Website to Ensure Access to Information and Promote Mutual Understanding

DHAKA, February 20, 2020 – On the eve of International Mother Language Day, Chargé d’affaires (CDA) JoAnne Wagner launched U.S. Embassy Dhaka’s Bengali language website, www.bd.usembassy.gov/bn, which closely mirrors the Embassy’s English website and provides content to Bengali speakers across Bangladesh and around the world. Read More»

U.S. Embassy Partners with Border Guards Bangladesh K-9 Units in Support of Bangladesh’s National Security

From January 26 - February 6, U.S. Embassy Dhaka held a Veterinary Subject Matter Expert Exchange seminar with the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB), Chittagong focused on preventive medicine and trauma care for BGB working dogs and their handlers. Read More»

Bangladesh – U.S. Interministerial Course Strengthens Interagency Counterterrorism Collaboration

U.S. Embassy Dhaka sponsored a one-week Inter-ministerial Course, February 2-6, focused on strengthening interagency counterterrorism cooperation, effective post-crisis response capacity, and institutional resiliency.  Members of the U.S. Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) based in Tampa, Florida provided the course instruction. Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (February 4, 2020) Location: Bangladesh Event: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is monitoring an ongoing outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by the novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) first identified in Wuhan, China. As of February 4, there are no identified cases of 2019-nCoV in ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

United States Embassy, Dhaka, Bangladesh Message for U.S. Citizens VOTING IN 2020 U.S. ELECTIONS  Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world! Start by confirming your voter registration with your state.  Some states require absentee voters to register annually so you may need to ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Partners with Local Law Enforcement to Build Capacity of Medical First Responders

From January 5-8, 2020, U.S. Embassy Dhaka conducted its first Medical First Responder Seminar (MFRS) of 2020.  Twenty eight police officers from Bangladesh Metropolitan Police, Industrial Police, Armed Police Battalion, Highway Police, Criminal Investigation Department, and instructors from various Bangladesh Police Academies participated in the four-day seminar. Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka (January 8, 2020)  Location: Bangladesh Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. Out of an abundance of caution, U.S. Embassy personnel are instructed to remain aware of their surroundings, avoid protests or demonstrations, ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (January 5, 2020)  Location:  Tongi, Gazipur, Bangladesh, and surrounding areas Event:  Bishwa Ijtema, the world’s second-largest Muslim gathering, will be held in Bangladesh January 10-12 and 17-19, on the banks of the Turag River in Tongi.  The main gathering point is about three kilometers north of Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.  ... Read More»

U.S. Arts Envoy Beatboxers Visit Bangladesh December 16-23, Judge and Perform at the National Beatbox Championship, and Provide Training

The U.S. Embassy in Dhaka brought three world-renowned U.S. Arts Envoy beatboxers to Bangladesh to engage the public on the art of vocal percussion through community outreach, masterclasses, and media appearances December 16-23.  The Envoy beatboxers from the Beatbox House in New York – Gene Shinozaki, NaPoM (Neil Meadows), and Bangladeshi-American Amit Bhomick– judged and ... Read More»

Media Note: Are you a Bangladeshi Journalist? Interested in the Causes and Effects of Inequality?

The 2020 Jefferson Fellowship is accepting applications until January 14, 2020.  Selected journalists will participate in an immersive dialogue, travel, and reporting program to Honolulu, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Jakarta focused on the drivers, consequences, and policy responses to inequality in the United States and Asia. DHAKA, December 23, 2019 – The United States Embassy ... Read More»

Getting Dirty to Get Clean! 140 South Asia U.S. Program Participants Join Local Environmental Cleanup Campaign

140 South Asia U.S. Program Participants Join Local Environmental Cleanup Campaign. Participants included teachers, graduates, and trainers of U.S. Department of State programs from six countries and 600 volunteers from civic organizations in Kathmandu on the 340th consecutive week of the “Clean Bagmati” campaign. Read More»

Apply for Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) Scholars Program 2020

The American Center at the U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce the Summer 2020 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for multinational groups of experienced university faculty, scholars, and other related professionals.  The purpose of the SUSI Scholars program is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy, CTTCU, and UN Cosponsor National Conference on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism

The United States Embassy, the Bangladesh Police Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit (CTTCU), and the United Nations jointly opened a two-day National Conference on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism, December 9-10, 2019, at the International Convention City in Bashundhara, Dhaka.  Read More»

European Union Identifies Risks to 5G Networks

On December 3, the European Union (EU) Council identified serious risks posed to 5G telecommunications networks if they are built using untrusted vendors.  We welcome this acknowledgement and urge our European partners and allies to ensure only trusted vendors participate in any part of their future 5G networks. Read More»

Special Briefing: Senior State Department Official on East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Special Briefing Office of the Spokesperson Press Correspondents Room Washington, D.C. November 15, 2019. We spent about three days in Myanmar, in Burma. I met with senior government leaders in Nay Pyi Taw, including State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi. I traveled to an internally displaced personnel camp in the Rakhine State and heard directly ... Read More»

Harassment of the Family Members of Uighur Activists and Survivors in Xinjiang, China

The United States remains deeply troubled by multiple reports that the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has harassed, imprisoned, or arbitrarily detained family members of Uighur Muslim activists and survivors of Xinjiang internment camps who have made their stories public.  In some cases, these abuses occurred shortly after meetings with senior State ... Read More»

Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) For Secondary School Educators Program FY 2020

The American Center at U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce the Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) for Secondary School Educators program, which will take place in summer 2020.  The SUSI program is a five-week exchange program sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Read More»

United States Opens New Student Advising Center in Khulna

In celebration of International Education Week (IEW), U.S. Embassy Dhaka opened a new EducationUSA (EdUSA) Student Advising Center at its American Corner in Khulna on the campus of Northern University of Business and Technology on November 25.  The new EdUSA Center will be staffed by a full-time EdUSA Adviser and offer group information sessions and ... Read More»

On-The-Record Briefing Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback

MR BROWN:  Everybody knows Ambassador Brownback.  He’s going to read out some of his recent travels and talk to you generally about efforts related to religious freedom.  This will be on the record, and you can use the audio, for those who have radio, for the duration of the opening statement and for questions.  So, ... Read More»

Bangladeshi Students Studying in United States Reach All-Time High

In celebration of International Education Week (IEW), a joint U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education initiative,  November 18-22, 2019, U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce that the number of students from Bangladesh studying in the United States increased to 8,249 during the most recent academic year (2018/2019), according to the 2019 ... Read More»

USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick and Acting Assistant Secretary of State Alice G. Wells Visit Bangladesh

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick and Acting Assistant Secretary of State Alice G. Wells traveled to Bangladesh from November 5-7 to promote expanded U.S.-Bangladesh bilateral relations, increase commercial and security ties, and address the ongoing Rohingya humanitarian crisis. Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy (Dhaka, Bangladesh) (Nov 7, 2019) Location: Bay of Bengal; all coastal area around Bangladesh. Event: Cyclone Bulbul formed in the Bay of Bengal.  The Government of Bangladesh has issued an early warning Level 2 (danger) alert in the coastal area, indicating a cyclone has formed and may be approaching. ... Read More»

Statement of Alice G. Wells, Acting Asst. Secretary, Bureau of SCA, Before The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia & The Pacific

South Asia is a cornerstone of the President’s initiative to advance a free and open Indo-Pacific in which all nations are independent, strong, and prosperous. Our support for human rights in those nations is a key component of the accountable governance required for the initiative to succeed and for the people of the region to ... Read More»

Winners for the 2019 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs is pleased to announce the four winners for the 2019 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE).  The winners will be presented with the award in a ceremony on October 31, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. EDT at the State Department. Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Location:  Dhaka, other major cities across Bangladesh. Event:  The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is calling for demonstrations Wednesday, October 23, 2019. Local authorities expect gatherings of BNP supporters nationwide.  Further demonstrations are expected until Friday, October 25, 2019.  There is a possibility of some disruption and delays in vehicle and pedestrian traffic throughout Dhaka. Demonstrations may have ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (October 22, 2019) Location:  Dhaka, other major cities across Bangladesh. Event:  Hefazat-e-Islam plans to conduct nationwide protests on October 22, 2019. Local authorities expect a gathering of Hefazat-e-Islam supporters nationwide on October 22, 2019.  There is a possibility, however, of some disruption and delays in vehicle and pedestrian traffic throughout ... Read More»

Enroll now for Teaching English To Young Learners (K-12) Free online course offered by George Mason University

The U.S. Department of State is sponsoring a free Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) for teachers who specialize in Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) between three and ten years of age.  The MOOC is offered by George Mason University as part of the U.S. Department of State’s American English (AE) E-Teacher Program. Read More»

Atlas Corps Fellowship in the United States Open for Social Change Makers

U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce that U.S.-based NGO Atlas Service Corps, Inc. (Atlas Corps) is currently accepting applications for its Atlas Corps Fellowship for the April 2020 class and beyond.  The fellowship is a 12-18 month program in the United States for the world’s top social change leaders to expand their networks and ... Read More»

U.S. Department of State Imposes Visa Restrictions on Chinese Officials for Repression in Xinjiang

The Chinese government has instituted a highly repressive campaign against Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang) that includes mass detentions in internment camps; pervasive, high-tech surveillance; draconian controls on expressions of cultural and religious identities; and coercion of individuals to return from abroad ... Read More»

Apply for The Community College Initiative Program FY 2020-21

The American Center at the U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce the Community College Initiative (CCI) Program for academic year 2020-21.  The CCI Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). This in a non-degree program but students will earn credits for two semesters upon completion ... Read More»

RTV-VOA Workshop for Journalists on “Indo-Pacific Strategy: An Overview for Journalists”

The United States’ foreign direct investment in Bangladesh and total foreign direct investments in the Indo-Pacific totals nearly $1 trillion – we are committed to upholding freedom of the seas.  The United States has defended human rights and fundamental freedoms and championed free, fair, and reciprocal trade in the region, as you all know, for ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Dhaka will be Closed on October 8 and 13 in Observance of Durga Puja and Columbus Day

U.S. Embassy Dhaka will be Closed on October 8 and 13 in Observance of Durga Puja and Columbus Day   DHAKA, OCTOBER 7, 2019 – The U.S. Embassy, including the Consular Section and the American Center with the Archer K. Blood American Center Library and the EducationUSA Student Advising Center, will be closed on Tuesday, ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Miller – New USG Contribution to Rohingya Crisis

Facebook Live Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Good morning from the United States Embassy in Dhaka!  I’m Ambassador Earl Miller, and I’m pleased to have a chance to speak directly with you and the U.S. Embassy’s nearly seven million Facebook followers. I’m coming to you live via Facebook because today is an important day for the ... Read More»

United States Announces New Humanitarian Assistance for Displaced Rohingya and Members of other Affected Communities in Bangladesh and Burma

Today in New York, the United States announced more than $127 million in additional humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh and internally displaced Rohingya and members of other affected communities in Burma.  Read More»

Ambassador Miller: U.S. Humanitarian Assistance Supports Bangladeshi Communities Affected By Rohingya Crisis

DHAKA, September 16, 2019 – United States Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R. Miller travelled to Cox’s Bazar September 13-15.  During his trip, he met with organizations providing assistance to Rohingya refugees and communities hosting refugees. The United States is the world’s leading contributor of humanitarian assistance in response to the Rohingya refugee crisis, having provided ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Earl R. Miller’s Opening Remarks at the EducationUSA South Asia Fall Tour 2019

September 7, 2019 – It’s a pleasure to join you today for the first EducationUSA Fair in Bangladesh in four years!  Dhaka is the first stop in the EducationUSA South Asia Fall Tour 2019, which includes Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State network of over 425 international student advising ... Read More»

Ambassador Miller’s Remarks at the Book Launch of Narratives of Gender Diversity Dhaka University

As delivered. Assalamualaikum.  Nomoshakar.  Honorable faculty of Dhaka University, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen – Good Afternoon.  I am truly honored to be here to celebrate academic research and Dr. Nasreen’s book Narratives of Gender Diversity. As a Fulbright Fellow alumna, recently returned from Rice University in Texas –there is a huge Bangladeshi-American community in ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Visits Sylhet

Dhaka, September 3, 2019 – Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller traveled to Sylhet September 1-3.  During his trip, he promoted economic and healthcare sector cooperation, cultural understanding, and strengthening U.S.-Bangladeshi military ties. Ambassador Miller met with Sylhet Divisional Commissioner Mustafizur Rahman, District Deputy Commissioner Kazi Emdadul Islam and Mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury to discuss ... Read More»

Op-Ed by Ambassador Earl R. Miller in Observance of U.S. Labor Day

From Michigan to Bangladesh and Everywhere in Between, Labor Matters  By U.S. Ambassador Earl R Miller   I grew up in the labor movement.  I was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, a city so famous for producing automobiles it was called “Vehicle City.”  As the capital of the U.S. automobile industry my home state ... Read More»

Op-Ed on Countering Human Trafficking by Ambassador Earl R. Miller

From the National to the Upazilla: A Concerted Effort to Fight Human Trafficking By Earl R. Miller, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh   My first event as United States Ambassador in Bangladesh was to attend the official launch of Bangladesh’s 2018-2022 launch of the National Plan of Action to fight human trafficking back in December 2018.  ... Read More»

U.S. Government Provides $100,000 in Relief Assistance to Flood Victims

On Saturday, August 24, Ambassador Miller traveled to Ashtamir Char, Kurigram District, to announce the contribution of $100,000 from the government and people of the United States to the people of Bangladesh affected by flooding in the region. The contribution, implemented through CARE Bangladesh, will provide assistance to over 4,900 people from more than 1,200 ... Read More»

Deputy Coordinator for the Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism Visits Bangladesh

The U.S. Department of State’s Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism John T. Godfrey visited Bangladesh August 18-19 to discuss with Government of Bangladesh (GOB) officials and other partners counterterrorism and countering violent extremism (CT/CVE) priorities in Bangladesh and the region, and cooperation with the United States in these areas. Read More»

Ambassador-At-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking In Persons Visits Bangladesh

U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons John Cotton Richmond visited Bangladesh August 3-6 to engage Government of Bangladesh (GOB) officials and partners to discuss ways to combat trafficking in persons and encourage measurable progress in implementing the recommendations in the Department of State’s annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. Read More»

U.S. Science Envoy for Air Quality Visits Bangladesh

DHAKA, July 26 – U.S. Science Envoy for Air Quality Dr. James J. Schauer visited Bangladesh July 20-26 to engage stakeholders in discussions about air quality and mitigation strategies. Dr. Schauer met with the Prime Minister’s Principle Coordinator for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to discuss the integration of air quality solutions with the SDGs. He also met with the Director ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Dhaka Celebrates The 50th Anniversay of The Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R. Miller inaugurated a daylong series of programs at the American Center to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.  In his opening remarks, Ambassador Miller referenced Neil Armstrong’s famous quote, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind,” highlighting the achievement as a ... Read More»

Public Designation, Due to Gross Violations of Human Rights, of Burmese Military Officials

Today, the Department of State is publicly designating the following individuals and their immediate family members for the named individuals' responsibility for gross human rights violations, including in extrajudicial killings in northern Rakhine State, Burma, during the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya: Read More»

Apply Now for The FLTA 2020-21 Program!

The American Center at the U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program for 2020-21.  The primary goal of the FLTA program is to strengthen foreign language instruction at U.S. colleges and universities, while providing teachers of English and related fields with the opportunity to refine their skills, ... Read More»

The United States of America Celebrates Its 243rd Independence Day

Today marks the 243rd celebration of U.S. Independence.  Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R. Miller and the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka celebrated the occasion July 3 with a National Day event.  The Honorable Minister of Agriculture Abdur Razzaque attended the event as the chief guest and representative of the Government of Bangladesh.  Ambassador Miller opened the ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (July 3, 2019) Location:  Dhaka, other major cities across Bangladesh. Event:  The Left Democratic Alliance has called a nationwide eight-hour hartal, or general strike, Sunday, July 07, 2019 from 06:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to protest the increase in the price of natural gas. Hartal:  A form of ... Read More»

USAID Signs Statement of Partnership with Health Ministry to combat TB in Bangladesh

Today, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and USAID committed to deepen their partnership to end Tuberculosis (TB) in Bangladesh.  The new Statement of Partnership (SP) establishes a shared framework between the MoHFW and USAID to reduce the incidence of tuberculosis by 2022 through increasing case detection and treatment of all forms of ... Read More»

Joint Statement on U.S.-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue

Embassy of the United States of America Public Affairs Section Tel: 880-2-55662000 Fax: 880-2-9881677, 9885688 E-mail:  DhakaMediaRequests@state.gov Website:  bd.usembassy.gov   Joint Statement on U.S.-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue   DHAKA, JUNE 12 – The United States and Bangladesh convened the 7th U.S.-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue on June 10, 2019, in Washington D.C.  The meeting was co-chaired by Bangladesh Foreign Secretary ... Read More»

2020-2021 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Announcement

The Public Affairs Section of the U. S. Embassy, Dhaka is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. This one-year Fellowship program is offered to young and mid-career professionals who have a proven track record of leadership, a public service commitment, and the capacity to take full advantage of ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary of Commerce Ian Steff Visits Bangladesh

Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Ian Steff visited Dhaka from May 11-13 to participate in a 2019 Trade Winds Indo-Pacific Forum and Mission and to promote U.S.-Bangladesh trade and investment.  The Trade Winds event facilitated meetings between 12 representatives of U.S. companies and more than ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy (Dhaka, Bangladesh)

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy (Dhaka, Bangladesh) (May 2, 2019) Location: Bay of Bengal; possible landfall near Bangladesh coastline. Event: A severe cyclone continues to strengthen over the Bay of Bengal and is projected to make landfall on India’s eastern coastline as early as May 3, 2019.  The cyclone is expected to impact Bangladesh’s ... Read More»

USAID Funded Cyclone Shelter Inaugurated in Patuakhali

State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Mr. Zakir Hossen, MP, and USAID Bangladesh Mission Director Derrick Brown jointly inaugurated a new multi-purpose cyclone shelter in Mirzaganj Upazila of Patuakhali District today. This new cyclone shelter, located at the Uttor Jhati Bunia Government Primary School, can accommodate approximately 1,800 people during a cyclone and will ... Read More»

Apply for The Fulbright Foreign Student Program 2020-21!

The American Center at U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce this year’s Fulbright Foreign Student Program, which provides several grants for a fully-funded master’s degree in the United States.  Preferred candidates include younger faculty from Bangladeshi universities, junior to mid-level employees of research organizations, think tanks, NGOs, and professionals from the public and private ... Read More»

Travel Advisory – U. S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Travel Advisory – U. S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (April 10, 2019) Exercise increased caution in Bangladesh due to crime and terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Reconsider Travel to: Dhaka due to crime and terrorism. Southeast Bangladesh, including the Chittagong Hill Tracts, due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, assault, and rape, is widespread. Terrorist groups continue ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (April 3, 2019)  Location: Bangladesh, countrywide Event: In light of calls for revenge in the wake of the March 15 terrorist attack against two mosques in New Zealand, we encourage U.S. citizens to exercise heightened awareness of the ongoing threat posed by transnational terrorist organizations such as ISIS and al-Qa’ida. Terrorist ... Read More»

Ambassador Visits Rajshahi

Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R. Miller visited Rajshahi March 27-29 to promote U.S. educational and cultural exchanges, economic engagement, and law enforcement cooperation in the region.  Ambassador Miller inaugurated the new American Corner at Varendra University, reviewed U.S.-supported cultural preservation work at the Varendra Research Museum, presented certificates to students in the English Access Microscholarship ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (March 24, 2019)   Location:  Dhaka  Event:  The U.S. Embassy is looking into reports about the need for heightened vigilance in Dhaka.  We are not aware of any specific threats. Embassy Operations:  All routine consular services remain available. Actions to Take: Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid protests and demonstrations. Carry proper ... Read More»

Op-Ed on TB Day by Ambassador Earl R. Miller

Nine year old Sabbir was ill.  For several weeks he complained of chest pain and had a bad cough, sometimes coughing blood.  His parents took him to a pharmacy where he was misdiagnosed and given ineffective medication.  When his symptoms did not go away, Sabbir went to a doctor who fortunately recognized the symptoms of ... Read More»

Bangladesh Human Rights Report 2018

Bangladesh’s constitution provides for a parliamentary form of government, but in fact, most power resides in the Office of the Prime Minister. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Awami League party won a third consecutive five-year term in an improbably lopsided December parliamentary election that was not considered free and fair, and was marred by ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

United States Embassy, Dhaka, Bangladesh Message for U.S. Citizens Town Hall Meeting in Dhaka with the Ambassador  March 7, 2019 The American Citizen Services (ACS) Section of the U.S. Embassy invites U.S. citizens to a Town Hall meeting for a discussion on issues that affect U.S. citizens in Bangladesh.  The Honorable Ambassador Earl R. Miller ... Read More»

Rohingya Refugee Crisis: The United States Contributes Over $105 Million to The 2019 UN Joint Response Plan

Today the United States is contributing $45.5 million to the UN World Food Program in support of the Rohingya refugee crisis.  This is in addition to the $60 million announced at the 2019 UN Joint Response Plan (JRP) launch in Geneva on February 15.  This brings the total U.S. contribution to the 2019 JRP to ... Read More»

U.S. Mission in Bangladesh will be closed on February 17 & 21

The U.S. Embassy Dhaka, including the Consular Section and the American Center with the Archer K. Blood American Center Library and the EducationUSA Student Advising Center, will be closed on Sunday, February 17, in observance of President’s Day, a U.S. national holiday, and on Thursday, February 21, 2019, in observance of International Mother Language Day. Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Earl R. Miller Visits USAID Development Programs in Jashore and Khulna

U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R. Miller today concluded his first tour to Jashore and Khulna, where he visited key USAID agriculture, labor and food assistance programs and met with students at the Khulna American Corner. Ambassador Miller, accompanied by USAID Deputy Mission Director Zeinah Salahi, met with government officials, community leaders and program participants ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (February 11, 2019)  Location: Tongi, Gazipur, Bangladesh, and surrounding areas Event: Bishwa Ijtema, the world’s second-largest Muslim gathering, will be held in Bangladesh February 15 – 18, 2019.  Bishwa Ijtema will be held on the banks of the Turag River in Tongi.  The main gathering point is approximately 3km north of ... Read More»

Application for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program is Open Now!

The American Center at the U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers (Fulbright DAI), brings international primary and secondary teachers to the United States for a semester-long professional development program at a U.S. host university and to observe and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues. ... Read More»

Bangladesh Election

The United States commends the tens of millions of Bangladeshis who voted in Bangladesh’s 11th parliamentary election on December 30, 2018, as well as the decision of all major opposition political parties to participate, a positive development after the boycotted election of 2014. Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (December 31, 2018)  Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh Event: Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) have issued special instructions for New Year’s Eve celebrations including, but not limited to, prohibiting meetings, gatherings or celebrations on rooftops, roads, flyovers or public spaces, as well as banning the use of fireworks.  We strongly advise all U.S. citizens to ... Read More»

Statement by Earl Miller, United States Ambassador to Bangladesh, Election Violence in Bangladesh

I thank Chief Election Commissioner Huda and all members of the Election Commission for taking the time to meet with me today at short notice.  I asked for this meeting because the United States is concerned by the high level of campaign violence over the last two weeks.  All parties have been victims of violence, ... Read More»

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (December 26, 2018) Location: Bangladesh, countrywide Event: We encourage all U.S. citizens to obtain a visa before traveling to Bangladesh. Recently, some U.S. citizens, particularly ones born outside the United States, have been denied entry into Bangladesh despite believing they had fulfilled the requirements for a visa on ... Read More»

Upcoming Election in Bangladesh

The United States is disappointed by the Government of Bangladesh’s inability to grant credentials and issue visas within the timeframe necessary to conduct a credible international monitoring mission to the majority of international election monitors from the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), which the United States funded through the National Democratic Institute. Read More»

Security Alert – Bangladesh Prime Minister to visit Gulshan-1 on December 21, 2018

Security Alert – Bangladesh Prime Minister to visit Gulshan-1 on December 21, 2018 Location: Gulshan-1, Dhaka, Bangladesh Event: Local media sources report that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend a political campaign meeting at the Gulshan Youth Club Field in the Gulshan-1 area on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.  You should expect traffic ... Read More»

Ambassador Earl Miller Meets with The American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh (AmCham) Business Leaders

The strength of the U.S. private sector is one of our country’s core competitive advantages.  I am proud that the United States is the single biggest market for Bangladeshi exports and the largest investor in Bangladesh.  U.S. companies are bringing some of the best and most innovative technologies to this country. Read More»

Remarks By Ambassador Earl R. Miller After Meeting CEC

The United States encourages the Government of Bangladesh to hold, as the Honorable Prime Minister has said, “free, fair, and credible elections”. We’re concerned about the recent incidents of violence in 18 districts throughout the country.  Everyone, no matter the political party or sentiment, should act peacefully and responsibly.  All sides must eschew violence.  Violence ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (December 10, 2018)  Location: Bangladesh, countrywide Event: Formal campaigns for the Bangladesh national election begin Monday, December 10 with voting scheduled to take place on Sunday, December 30.  Expect political rallies and demonstrations throughout this election period. Historically, elections in Bangladesh have been marked by unrest.  We ... Read More»

New U.S. Ambassador Visits Rohingya Refugees and Bangladesh Host Communities in Cox’s Bazar

New U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R. Miller visited several Rohingya refugee camps and Bangladesh host communities during a December 4-6 trip to Cox’s Bazar.  On his inaugural visit, he went to Konarpara to see the internally displaced Rohingya sheltering in no-man’s land, where a tall border fence has been built just behind them.  He ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Dhaka will be Closed on December 05 in Observance of National Day of Mourning for President George H. W. Bush

The U.S. Embassy Dhaka, including the Consular Section, and the American Center, together with the Archer K. Blood American Center Library, and the EducationUSA Student Advising Center, will be closed on Wednesday, December 05, in observance of National Day of Mourning for the loss of President George H. W. Bush, forty-first President of the United ... Read More»

Application is Open for SUSI Scholars Program 2019 !

The U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce the Summer 2019 Study of the U.S. Institutes for multinational groups of experienced university faculty, scholars, and other related professionals.  The deadline for applications is Sunday, January 6, 2019.  A description of each Institute is given below.  For the application form and further details, please visit the ... Read More»

New Ambassador-Designate Earl R. Miller Arrives in Bangladesh

New U.S. Ambassador-designate Earl R. Miller arrives in Dhaka on Sunday, November 18.  Before his nomination as the U.S. Ambassador-designate to Bangladesh, Miller served as Ambassador to the Republic of Botswana from 2014 to 2018.  Ambassador Miller, a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, joined the Department of State in 1987. He served ... Read More»

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) Richard Albright Visit to Bangladesh

Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) Richard Albright visited Bangladesh from November 10 to 15.  DAS Albright visited Rohingya refugee camps and host communities in Cox’s Bazar from November 11 to 13 to assess conditions and speak directly with Bangladeshis and refugees, including some who had just recently arrived from Myanmar.  ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy (Dhaka, Bangladesh) (November 14, 2018)  Location:  Naya Paltan, potentially other areas in Dhaka and other major cities. Event:  Local media sources report ongoing demonstrations in Naya Paltan, Old Dhaka.  Alleged live video feeds show protestors vandalizing vehicles and brandishing wooden staffs and similar items. Avoid large crowds and protests.  We encourage you to remain vigilant, ... Read More»

Bangladeshi Students Studying in The United States

The number of students from Bangladesh in the United States increased by 4.9 percent, to 7,496 during the last school year, beating the international average increase of 1.5 percent according to the 2018 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Bangladesh now ranks 24th in the world for countries sending students to the United States ... Read More»

Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) For Secondary School Educators Program FY 2019 is Open Now!

The American Center at U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce the Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) for Secondary School Educators program, which will take place in summer 2019.  The SUSI program is a five week exchange program sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Read More»

Application for The Community College Initiative Program is Open Now!

The American Center at the U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce the Community College Initiative (CCI) Program for academic year 2019-20.  The CCI Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). This in a non-degree program but students will earn credits for two semesters upon completion ... Read More»

U.S.- Bangladesh Navy Commence CARAT Exercise

The U.S. and Bangladesh Navy kicked off the 24th iteration of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Nov. 4. Sailors and Marines across five ships including a guided missile frigate and patrol craft from the Bangladesh Navy, and a maritime patrol aircraft and dry cargo ship USNS PFC Dewayne T. Williams ... Read More»

Application Open for Global UGRAD Exchange Program -2019

Global UGRAD is an intensive academic program with a purpose to provide undergraduate student leaders with in-depth exposure to U.S. society, culture, and academic institutions by engaging in substantive academic exchanges at colleges and universities across America. This program will provide full scholarships to outstanding students from countries – including Bangladesh – for one semester ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Dhaka Releases Music Video to Celebrate Six Million Facebook Fans

The U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh is celebrating six million Facebook fans with a new music video Maatbo Amra Uthshobe featuring the outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat and a number of renowned Bangladeshi celebrities, including Jaya Ahsan, Chanchal Chowdhury, Rafiath Rashid Mithila, and Siam Ahmed.  The video features an original song by famous Bangladeshi ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy (Dhaka, Bangladesh) (October 29, 2018)  Location: Dhaka, other major cities across Bangladesh. Event: Local media sources report the potential for demonstrations throughout Dhaka and other major cities across Bangladesh in reaction to the October 29 sentencing of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia. Expect significant travel delays.  We encourage you to remain vigilant, as demonstrations could continue for the next several days. Previous ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy (Dhaka, Bangladesh) (October 28, 2018) Location: Dhaka, other major cities across Bangladesh. Event: Local media sources report the Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation has announced a nationwide 48-hour transportation strike beginning from 6:00 am on Sunday, October 28. Expect fewer options for public transport and potential delays due to demonstrations.  ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch Travels to Bangladesh and India

Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch will travel October 19-26 to Bangladesh and India to participate in a series of meetings with U.S. diplomats and foreign government authorities. While on this trip, Assistant Secretary Risch will engage in bilateral discussions with Indian counterparts on issues relevant to international parental child abduction and ... Read More»

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Wells Travels to Bangladesh

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells will travel to Dhaka and Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, October 20-23.  In Dhaka, she will meet with senior officials from the Government of Bangladesh to discuss strengthening the U.S.-Bangladesh partnership and our collaboration on building a prosperous, secure, and interconnected Indo-Pacific ... Read More»

Application for Community Solutions Program is Open Now!

The Community Solutions Program (CSP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and implemented by IREX, provides the best and brightest community leaders, ages 25 to 38, from around the world with an intensive, professional development exchange program that includes a substantive hands-on learning experience in the United ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy, Dhaka

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy (Dhaka, Bangladesh) (October 10, 2018)  Location: Dhaka, other major cities across Bangladesh. Event: Local media sources report the potential for demonstrations in Dhaka and other major cities across Bangladesh in response to today’s court ruling regarding the 2004 grenade attacks in Dhaka. Previous protests in Bangladesh have turned violent, resulting ... Read More»

U.S. Provides $156 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance to Support the Rohingya Crisis Response in Bangladesh

During October, 2018 United Nations ministerial-level meeting on Burma, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced more than $185 million in additional humanitarian assistance for those in Burma and Bangladesh who have been affected by the Rohingya crisis.  This additional funding brings U.S. humanitarian assistance in response to the Rohingya crisis to nearly ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Marcia Bernicat’s Statement on Digital Security Act in Bangladesh  

The United States shares the concerns of the international community that the recently passed Digital Security Act (DSA) could be used to suppress and criminalize free speech, all to the detriment of Bangladesh’s democracy, development and prosperity.  We welcome Information Minister Inu's offer to meet with media representatives to discuss their concerns about the DSA.  ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy, Dhaka

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy (Dhaka, Bangladesh) (September 27, 2018)  Location: Dhaka, other major cities across Bangladesh. Event: Local media sources are reporting that both the Awami League (AL) and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) are planning to hold rallies on Saturday, September 29, 2018. According to media reports, the AL rally will be held ... Read More»

Documentation of Atrocities in Northern Rakhine State

The Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), with funding support from the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL), conducted a survey in spring 2018 of the firsthand experiences of 1,024 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar District, Bangladesh. The goal of the survey was to document atrocities committed against residents in Burma’s northern Rakhine ... Read More»

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Visits Khulna-Jashore

USAID/Bangladesh  Mission Director Derrick Brown visited USAID development programs in the Jashore-Khulna region from September 18-20, including visits to key agriculture, labor and food assistance programs. The site visits were undertaken in collaboration with WordFish, WFP, Winrock International and World Vision Bangladesh among other implementing partners. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Marcia Bernicat at Usaid-Ukaid National Launch of Shantite Bijoy Peaceful Election Campaign

Honorable guests; respected leaders from the Awami League, Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Jatiya Party; colleagues from the development partner and diplomatic community; members of media; ladies and gentlemen – Assalam-u-Alaikum, Shubho Shokal! On behalf of the United States Government, I’m delighted to be here today, two days after commemorating the International Day of Democracy (e.g., ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Dhaka Closed on September 02-03 to Observe U.S. Labor Day and Jonmashtomi

The American Embassy, including the Consular Section and the American Center with the Archer K. Blood American Center Library and the EducationUSA Student Advising Center, will be closed on Sunday and Monday, September 02-03, 2018 on the occasion of U.S. Labor Day, an American holiday, and Jonmashtomi, a Bangladeshi national holiday, respectively. Read More»

2019 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program Announcement

The American Center, U.S. Embassy, Dhaka is pleased to announce the 2019 Fulbright Visiting Scholar awards.  These awards are primarily six-to-nine month research grants, beginning in September 2019.   One-to-two semester lecturing grants are also available.  Lengths of grants may be adjusted based on the availability of funding.  Fulbright Visiting Scholar awards are offered to experienced ... Read More»

“American Ally in Development” Op-Ed by Derrick Brown USAID Mission Director, Bangladesh.

After spending 28 years working across the world in developing countries, I recently arrived in Dhaka as the new Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission. Even in these first two short weeks I can already feel the vibrancy of the city of Dhaka and the friendliness and warmth of the Bangladeshi ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy (Dhaka, Bangladesh) (August 2, 2018) Location: Dhaka, other major cities across Bangladesh. Event: Local sources report ongoing student protests in various areas throughout Dhaka and other major cities across Bangladesh.  The demonstrations are reportedly in reaction to a bus accident that caused the deaths of two students on Sunday, July ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy (Dhaka, Bangladesh) (July 31, 2018) Location: Dhaka Event: Local sources report that student-led protests are taking place in various areas of Dhaka.  The demonstrations are reportedly in reaction to the deaths of two students caused by a local bus accident on Sunday, July 29. According to local news, some ... Read More»

EducationUSA Pre Departure Orientation Fall 2018

EducationUSA at the American Center and Ambassador Marcia Bernicat organized a Pre-Departure Orientation for Bangladeshi students going to the U.S. this Fall for higher studies!  Great facts: Bangladesh became a top-25 sending country for international students studying in the United State. Bangladesh now ranks ninth in the world for the number of students studying at the graduate level ... Read More»

Third Cotton Day held in Dhaka

COTTON USA held a Seminar and a dazzling Fashion Show in Dhaka to celebrate the third Cotton Day in Bangladesh. Cotton Council International (CCI) introduced in 2016 the observance of Cotton Day to celebrate US Cotton as well as Bangladesh being the largest manufacturer and exporter of cotton apparel products. Over one hundred spinning mills, ... Read More»

Ambassador Bernicat Inaugurated The Tony Roma’s Restaurant in Gulshan

Ambassador Bernicat inaugurated the first Bangladesh branch of the U.S. based steak and ribs chain restaurant Tony Roma's in Gulshan, Dhaka. With Bangladesh’s economy growing, American companies will keep on continuing to be its partners – mentioned Ambassador Bernicat. The restaurant was introduced in the country by Food Chain Asia Ltd. Read More»

Remarks for the U.S. Independence Day Program BY US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat

Welcome to the U.S. Embassy and happy early 4th of July!  Tomorrow, Americans all over the world will celebrate this holiday with family and friends.  As many of you know, this is my last Independence Day celebration as the U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh.  I could not be more grateful to have all of you here ... Read More»

Secretary of State Pompeo Delivers Remarks at the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

SECRETARY POMPEO: Welcome, everyone to the State Department. We are incredibly proud to be hosting this event today. I want to thank Ivanka Trump for joining us at this event for the second year in a row now. Your personal engagement with this issue matters an awful lot. It illustrates the administration’s complete commitment to and ... Read More»

Remarks As Delivered By U.S. Ambassador Marcia Bernicat at “DCAB TALK”

We will continue to support Bangladesh as it tackles the new Sustainable Development Goals recently adopted at the UN General Assembly Meeting in New York.  Our development partnership predates Bangladeshis independence in 1971 and has been exceptionally fruitful, producing tangible results that both the United States and Bangladesh can point to with pride. Read More»

U.S. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert Expressed Concern Regarding Bangladesh’s Counter-Narcotics Campaign

We are concerned by reports that at least 147 people have been killed and 21,000 arrested since early May by Bangladeshi security forces in a nationwide counter-narcotics campaign.  We urge Bangladesh to conduct thorough and transparent investigations into all credible reports of extrajudicial killings. Read More»

U.S. Department of State Releases The 2017 International Religious Freedom Report

On May 29, 2018 the U.S. Department of State released the 2017 International Religious Freedom Annual Report.  In his remarks on the release of the report, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called religious freedom “a right belonging to every individual on the globe” and said the U.S. “stands with those who yearn for religious liberty.” Read More»

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy (Dhaka, Bangladesh)

 Location: Chittagong district; possible heavy rains country-wide. Event: There is a cyclone system developing in the Bay of Bengal.  The storm is currently expected to make landfall in the late evening hours of May 29 or early morning hours of May 30.  Expect heavy rains and strong winds with possible flooding, landslides, power outages, and ... Read More»

REMARKS BY U.S. AMBASSADOR MARCIA BERNICAT AT PRESS CONFERENCE ON BGMEA-BUFT JOURNALISM STUDY TOUR THROUGH THE IVLP

Embassy of the United States of America Public Affairs Section Tel: 880-2-55662000 Fax: 880-2-9881677, 9885688 E-mail: DhakaPA@state.gov Website:  https://bd.usembassy.gov   REMARKS BY U.S. AMBASSADOR MARCIA BERNICAT AT PRESS CONFERENCE ON BGMEA-BUFT JOURNALISM STUDY TOUR THROUGH THE INTERNATIONAL VISITOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (IVLP) BGMEA Headquarters, Dhaka. May 28, 2018     Mr. Md. Siddiqur Rahman, BGMEA President; Mr. ... Read More»

Presidential Message on Ramadan

Embassy of the United States of America Public Affairs Section Tel: 880-2-55662000 Fax: 880-2-9881677, 9885688 E-mail: DhakaPA@state.gov Website: https://bd.usembassy.gov   Presidential Message on Ramadan   With the rising of tonight’s moon, I send my greetings and best wishes to all Muslims observing Ramadan in the United States and around the world. During the holy month ... Read More»

U.S. MISSION IN BANGLADESH CLOSED ON MAY 27 ON THE OCCASION OF MEMORIAL DAY

Embassy of the United States of America Public Affairs Section Tel: 880-2-55662000 Fax: 880-2-9881677, 9885688 E-mail: DhakaPA@state.gov Website:  https://bd.usembassy.gov     U.S. MISSION IN BANGLADESH CLOSED ON MAY 27 ON THE OCCASION OF MEMORIAL DAY   DHAKA, MAY 24 — The U.S. Embassy Dhaka, including the Consular Section and the American Center with the Archer K. ... Read More»

U.S. PROVIDES $44 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR ROHINGYA

Embassy of the United States of America Public Affairs Section Tel: 880-2-55662000 Fax: 880-2-9881677, 9885688 E-mail: DhakaPA@state.gov Website:  https://bd.usembassy.gov   U.S. PROVIDES $44 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR ROHINGYA   DHAKA, MAY 15, 2018— The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID),  is providing an additional $44 million in humanitarian assistance to ... Read More»

The United States Announces Humanitarian Assistance for Rohingya and Other Vulnerable People in Burma and Bangladesh

The United States announces more than $44 million in additional humanitarian assistance to meet the urgent needs of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and people affected by violence and conflict in Burma. This brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance for displaced people in and from Burma to more than $299 million. Read More»

Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (May 14, 2018) Location: Colleges and universities across Bangladesh Event: Local sources report the potential for student demonstrations at colleges and universities across Bangladesh. The demonstrations would reportedly be in reaction to a Government of Bangladesh policy that allocates certain percentages (quotas) of civil service jobs to specific ... Read More»

Reminder – Town Hall Meeting in Dhaka with the Ambassador

The American Citizen Services (ACS) Section of the U.S. Embassy invites U.S. citizens to a Town Hall meeting for a discussion on issues that affect American citizens in Bangladesh.  The Honorable Ambassador Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat and Consul General Sharon A. Weber, in addition to officials from other Embassy offices, will be present to respond ... Read More»

STATEMENT BY SPOKESPERSON CLAYTON M. MCCLESKEY ON THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF THE MURDER OF XULHAZ MANNAN

USAID employee Xulhaz Mannan was brutally murdered for his advocacy for human rights in Bangladesh.  On the second anniversary of this tragedy, we reflect on Xulhaz's courage and conviction as a champion for human rights, non-discrimination, and inclusion.  We also renew our call for the authorities in Bangladesh to bring to justice the perpetrators of ... Read More»

U.S. PROVIDES ADDITIONAL $50 MILLION IN RESPONSE TO THE ROHINGYA REFUGEE CRISIS IN BANGLADESH

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) is providing an additional $50 million in humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees and the local communities in Bangladesh that are hosting them.  This brings the U.S. contribution to the crisis response in Burma and Bangladesh to more than $163 million since August 25, ... Read More»

Statement from the President and First Lady Melania Trump on the Passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump join the Nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush. As a wife, mother, grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family. Amongst her greatest achievements was recognizing the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that ... Read More»

Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback’s Travel to Turkey and Bangladesh

Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback will travel to Turkey and Bangladesh April 13-20 to discuss religious freedom with government officials, civil society representatives, and a range of leaders representing both majority and minority religious communities. His travel will include a visit to the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Read More»

Security Alert

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (April 14, 2018)  Location: Dhaka, and potentially other cities in Bangladesh Event: Bangla New Year (Pohela Baishakh) is an all-day event observed on April 14.  This celebration is especially popular in the Ramna, Dhaka University, and Suhrawardy Uddayan areas of Dhaka.  Vehicular and pedestrian traffic patterns are likely ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (April 10, 2018) Location:  Dhaka, and potentially other cities in Bangladesh Event:  Local sources report ongoing student demonstrations in Dhaka.  Similar demonstrations may also occur in other cities in Bangladesh.  The demonstrations are reportedly in reaction to a Government of Bangladesh policy that allocates certain percentages of civil ... Read More»

Town Hall Meeting in Dhaka with the Ambassador

The American Citizen Services (ACS) Section of the U.S. Embassy invites U.S. citizens to a Town Hall meeting for a discussion on issues that affect American citizens in Bangladesh.  The Honorable Ambassador Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat and Consul General Sharon A. Weber, in addition to officials from other Embassy offices, will be present to respond ... Read More»

Remarks by Acting Under Secretary Nauert at Bangladesh’s National Day Reception, Embassy of Bangladesh, Washington, D.C.

Good evening, it is my pleasure and honor to be here celebrating Bangladesh’s national Independence Day. Thank you for your very kind introduction Ambassador Ziauddin. It is wonderful to see you again.  Your many years of service to your nation are a credit to you and the skill of the diplomats of the Bangladesh Foreign ... Read More»

United States Donates Nearly One Million Health Products to Rohingya Relief Efforts

In response to a request from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided 622,800 doses of injectable contraceptives to the Government of Bangladesh on March 25, bringing the total contribution from the United States to nearly one million doses valued at $901,232. This latest contribution of ... Read More»

MESSAGE FROM U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TO PRESIDENT ABDUL HAMID AND PRIME MINISTER SHEIKH HASINA ON THE OCCASION OF INDEPENDENCE DAY

On the great occasion of Bangladesh’s Independence Day on March 26, the American people and I join you in celebrating the heritage and history of your country. Today we recognize Bangladesh’s rich culture and language and reaffirm our partnership on democracy, development, counterterrorism, trade, and investment. Our close cooperation helps sustain the security and prosperity ... Read More»

AMB BERNICAT’S CLOSING REMARKS AT THE MULTINATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS INTEROPERABILITY PROGRAM (MCIP) PLANNING STAFF WORKSHOP (PSW-1)

Thank you for inviting me here today and many thanks to the Bangladesh Armed Forces for hosting this event.  Through its years of participation Bangladesh has been a strong supporter of the MCIP Program.  This week marked the third occasion the Bangladesh Armed Forces have hosted an MCIP event.  This further solidifies your reputation as ... Read More»

Annual Observance of International Women’s Day

As we commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8th, the United States renews our steadfast commitment to addressing inequalities between women and men at home and abroad and reaffirms the importance of advancing the status of women and girls globally. We will continue to implement measures to strengthen the economic empowerment of women and girls ... Read More»

Update on Bangladesh Travel Advisory

Update on Bangladesh Travel Advisory: U. S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 8, 2018 Exercise increased caution in Bangladesh due to crime and terrorism. Reconsider travel to: Dhaka due to crime and terrorism. Southeast Bangladesh, including the Chittagong Hill Tracts, due to crime and terrorism. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, assault, and rape, is widespread. ... Read More»

U.S. Department of State Hosts World Wildlife Day Event to Highlight Threats to Big Cats

In honor of World Wildlife Day, the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) hosted a “Big Cats and their Habitats” roundtable discussion on March 1 at the U.S. Department of State. Participants included diplomats from nations where big cats are found in the Americas, Africa, and Asia; U.S. government officials; ... Read More»

U.S. PROVIDES DNA DATABASE TRAINING, DELIVERS DNA INDEX SOFTWARE TO BANGLADESH POLICE TO ENHANCE IDENTIFICATION CAPABILITY

On Thursday, the U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat attended the “Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) DNA Database Training” graduation ceremony for 21 Dhaka Metropolitan Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers. At this event, the Ambassador formally handed over the CODIS software to the Bangladesh National Police to enhance identification capability at their DNA laboratory. Read More»

American International University Bangladesh Convocation 2018

What an honor it is to be with all of you at the 18th Convocation of American International University Bangladesh to celebrate the accomplishments of today’s graduates and to commend the dedication and commitment of AIUB’s esteemed faculty, staff, administration, and, of course, the parents, guardians and family members who worked endlessly; who put in ... Read More»

American Center Pop-Up

I am excited to be at NSU today to launch our first American Center Pop-Up of 2018!  Thank you all for welcoming Deputy Assistant Secretary Rosenblum, my staff, and me to your campus. We chose to come to NSU because we know all of you, like so many American university students and faculty, value life-long ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh, February 6, 2018 Location: Throughout Dhaka, and all major cities in Bangladesh Event: Demonstrations may take place on February 8, 2018 in conjunction with the expected announcement of a verdict in a court case against opposition leader and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia. Demonstrations may or may ... Read More»

REMARKS BY DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE DAN ROSENBLUM ON “THE UNITED STATES AND THE INDO-PACIFIC REGION”

Thank you Major General Rahman for that introduction and thank you to the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies for hosting this event today.  I’m grateful for the opportunity to talk about the U.S. vision for a peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific region, and to do so here in Dhaka is a great honor.  Our ... Read More»

UNITED STATES ANNOUNCES $18 MILLION IN HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO WORLD FOOD PROGRAM TO FIGHT FOOD INSECURITY AMONG ROHINGYA REFUGEES

Today, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, announced $18.4 million to the UN World Food Program to provide emergency food assistance to Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh. This latest contribution, combined with earlier contributions, brings the total amount awarded to the World Food Program specifically for work with refugees ... Read More»

Important Notice Regarding Changes in Visa Collection Center

With effect from January 17th, 2018, Passport pick-up and Submission locations are being changed to as mentioned below. When your passport is available at the pick-up location you will receive an email and an SMS that your passport is “Ready for Pick Up”. For more information, please visit:http://www.ustraveldocs.com/bd/bd-niv-passporttrack.asp#LocationsandTimings Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Countrywide Demonstration & Dec 16 Victory Day Celebrations

With the United States Government’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, there have been calls for a countrywide demonstration against the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka scheduled for Friday, December 15 immediately following noon prayers by Islami Shashontontro Andolon (ISA).  Historically, demonstrations in Dhaka by Islamist organizations have been held in the area of ... Read More»

USAID ANNOUNCES $7.5 MILLION AWARD TO UNICEF TO FIGHT MALNUTRITION AMONG ROHINGYA REFUGEES

Embassy of the United States of America Public Affairs Section Tel: 880-2-55662000 Fax: 880-2-9881677, 9885688 E-mail: DhakaPA@state.gov Website: https://bd.usembassy.gov   USAID ANNOUNCES $7.5 MILLION AWARD TO UNICEF TO FIGHT MALNUTRITION AMONG ROHINGYA REFUGEES   Dhaka, December 11, 2017 – On December 6, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded $7.5 million to the United ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Marcia Bernicat’s Remarks at the American Alumni Association (AAA) Awards Dinner

Embassy of the United States of America  Public Affairs Section  Tel: 880-2-5566-2000  Fax: 880-2-9881677, 9885688  E-mail:  DhakaPA@state.gov   Website:  https://bd.usembassy.gov U.S. Ambassador Marcia Bernicat’s Remarks at the American Alumni Association (AAA) Awards Dinner Dhaka, November 24, 2017 Dr. Gowher Rizvi, Adviser to the Prime Minister on International Affairs; Mr. Md. Shahriar Alam, M.P., State Minister for Foreign ... Read More»

International Human Rights Day

International Human Rights Day Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC December 10, 2017 Sixty-nine years ago today, in the aftermath of World War II, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to recognize and elevate the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all individuals, and ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations Expected

According to local sources, several organizations have announced plans to hold demonstrations over the next several days in Dhaka and elsewhere in Bangladesh in reaction to the recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  Islami Andolon has ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens Demonstration on Friday

According to local sources, a demonstration is occurring on Friday afternoon in the vicinity of the Baitul Mukarrom National Mosque.  The demonstration is reportedly in reaction to the recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  The U.S. ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.  U.S. Embassy, Dhaka reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. Read the full message . (PDF ... Read More»

Nationwide Strike or Hartal called for Thursday, November 30, 2017

According to local news sources, the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), Bangladesh Samajtantrik (BSD), and other left-leaning political parties have called for a six-hour nationwide hartal on Thursday, November 30, from 6 a.m. to 12 noon in reaction to nationwide electricity price hikes. Read the full message . (PDF 364KB) PDF Files Require the Free Adobe Acrobat Reader . Read More»

Ambassador Bernicat’s Remarks on Advancing Women Leadership & Participation for Inclusive Elections

On behalf of the United States Government, I’m delighted to be here today to recognize the importance of women’s participation in Bangladesh’s democratic development.  I’d like to thank the Chief Election Commissioner, Mr. K.M. Nurul Huda, and senior political leaders for their support and for their commitment to strengthening Bangladesh’s democracy. Read More»

Acting Assistant Secretary Simon Henshaw Leads Delegation to Burma and Bangladesh

Simon Henshaw, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, will lead a delegation to Burma and Bangladesh October 29-November 4 to discuss ways to address the humanitarian and human rights concerns stemming from the Rakhine State crisis and improve the delivery of humanitarian assistance to displaced persons in Burma, ... Read More»

Nationwide Hartal (General Strike) Called for Thursday, October 12, 2017

Jamaat-e-Islami, an Islamist political group, has called for a nationwide dawn-to-dusk hartal on Thursday, October 12, in reaction to the arrest and remand of its top leaders.  “Dawn-to-dusk” hartals almost always officially begin at 6:00 a.m. on the day they are called, and generally end at 6:00 p.m. on the same day. Read the full message . (PDF 336KB) ... Read More»

Notice regarding Social Security Services

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has consolidated its overseas operations into several regional offices that provide a full range of SSA services for U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States.  Effective October 1, 2017, individuals residing in Bangladesh who require social security services or have questions about SSA benefits must contact the SSA Federal ... Read More»

Celebrating the Five-Year Anniversary of the EMK Center

Friday evening, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Edward M. Kennedy Center for Public Service and the Arts (EMK Center). Joining the Ambassador were supporters and partners from academia, arts, business, civil society, the diplomatic community, and alumni of U.S. Department of State exchange programs. Read More»

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (K-L YES) Program 2018-19

The American Center at the U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (K-L YES) Program for academic year 2018-19. The K-L YES program is a high school exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program is administered in Bangladesh by ... Read More»

U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Crisis in Rakhine State, Burma

The United States is providing an additional nearly $32 million in humanitarian assistance to address the urgent needs of Rohingya fleeing violence from Rakhine State, Burma to Bangladesh, as well as internally displaced persons in Rakhine State, and host communities in Bangladesh. The United States is pleased to have announced this support during the 72nd ... Read More»

2018 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program Announcement

The American Center, U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce the 2018 Fulbright Visiting Scholar awards. These awards are primarily six-to-nine month research grants, beginning in September 2018. One-to-two semester lecturing grants are also available. Lengths of grants may be adjusted based on the availability of funding. Read More»

Demonstrations in the Diplomatic Zone

In response to the recent developments regarding the Rohingya population in Myanmar, different political, socio-cultural, and religious organizations have announced plans to conduct demonstrations nationwide with a focus on the Baridhara/Gulshan Diplomatic Zone in Dhaka. Read the full message. (PDF 336KB) PDF Files Require the Free Adobe Acrobat Reader . Read More»

Press Statement from US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert on Bangladesh Hosting of Rohingya

We are very concerned by the United Nations announcement on September 8 that an estimated 270,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since August 25 following allegations of serious human rights abuses in Burma’s Rakhine State, including violent attacks and mass burnings of villages. We continue to coordinate closely with our partners, including the UN High ... Read More»

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells Visited Dhaka

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs and Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Alice G. Wells just completed a two-day visit in Bangladesh, August 29-30. While in Dhaka, Ambassador Wells met with Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on August 29 at the Padma Guest House and Prime Minister Sheikh ... Read More»

US Embassy Dhaka Closed on August 31- September 3 to Celebrate Eid-ul-Adha and US Labor Day

The American Embassy, including the Consular Section and the American Center with the Archer K. Blood American Center Library and the EducationUSA Student Advising Center, will be closed from August 31 to September 03 (Thursday through Sunday) on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, a Bangladeshi national holiday, and US Labor Day, an American holiday. Read More»

Chargé d’Affairs Joel Reifman Greets Bangladeshi Students who Participated in Global Robotic and Social Media Competitions

Last evening during a reception event at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence, Chargé d’Affairs Joel Reifman congratulated Bangladeshi STEM students who recently participated in a number of robotic and social media competitions. The reception was organized by the American Center to honor participants including Bangladeshi Mars Rover teams from six different universities, the Robot Olympiad’s high ... Read More»

Security Message: Ongoing police action in vicinity of Dhanmondi

Ongoing police activity with explosions and gunfire reported at Hotel Olio International where suspected militants have been discovered.  Avoid all travel to the Panthapath neighborhood of Dhaka City (Dhanmondi/Panthapath area) until the situation is resolved. Read the full message (PDF 332 KB) PDF Files Require the Free Adobe Acrobat Reader . Read More»

Ambassador Bernicat visits the Kashimpur Prison

On July 27, 2017, Ambassador Bernicat became the first Ambassador to visit a prison in Bangladesh, as she spent most of the day at Kashimpur Prison. At the invitation of Brigadier General Syed Iftekhar Uddin, the Inspector General of Prisons, Ambassador Bernicat was able to take a two hour tour of the prison’s facilities, speak ... Read More»

Bangladesh Increases its Capacity to Train UN Peacekeepers

U.S. Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr., the Commander of United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) attended the dedication ceremony for the new multi-purpose training facility as part of the Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation Training (BIPSOT) in Gazipur and in support of the U.S. State Department’s Global Peace Operations Initiative or GPOI program. U.S. Ambassador ... Read More»

Commander of U.S. Pacific Command visits Bangladesh

U.S. Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr., the Commander of United States Pacific Command (USPACOM), arrived in Dhaka on July 08. While in Bangladesh, Adm. Harris met with senior government and military officials to discuss a range of regional topics and attend the dedication of the new multipurpose training facility at the Bangladesh Institute for Peace ... Read More»

Trafficking in Persons Report 2017

“Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and spurs other transnational criminal activity. It threatens public safety and national security. “But worst of all, the crime robs human beings of their freedom and their dignity. That’s why ... Read More»

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Cyclone Mora Warning for Bangladesh

The U.S. Embassy cautions U.S. citizens that a cyclone named ‘Mora’ is expected to strike Bangladesh, northeastern India and Myanmar.  The storm is expected to make landfall around Chittagong, Bangladesh late Monday night or Tuesday morning.  Local authorities have issued a warning for fishing boats and trawlers to take appropriate precautions. Expect extremely high winds, ... Read More»

USTR Press Release on 3rd Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum Agreement Council Meeting

The United States-Bangladesh Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum Agreement (TICFA) Council held its third meeting on May 17, 2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh to promote expanded bilateral trade and investment in goods and services. The meeting was co-chaired by Shubhashish Bose, Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Government of Bangladesh and Mark Linscott, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative. Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Andrea Brouillette-Rodriguez attends the exhibition “Threads of Change”

On Monday, April 24, 2017, Chargé d’Affaires Andrea Brouillette-Rodriguez attended the exhibition "Threads of Change: Celebrating the Lives of Garment Workers" in the Bengal Art Lounge, Dhaka. The exhibition showcased photographs by the internationally acclaimed photographer Alison Wright, reflecting the lives of Bangladeshi workers from the apparel industry. Read More»

“You Are Welcome Here” Op-ed by Ambassador Bernicat

I want to congratulate all students in Bangladesh who have received offers of admission from one of the over 4,500 accredited institutions of higher learning in the United States. Graduates of U.S. universities have gone on to become leaders and innovators in many fields around the world, and you should be proud of the invitation ... Read More»

Security Message: Public Celebrations on Bengali New Year

New Year celebrations on April 14, 2017 may disrupt movement in Dhaka and other parts of Bangladesh.  The Government of Bangladesh has issued a prohibition on celebrations after 5 p.m., more than one person riding on a motorcycle, and carrying backpacks.  The Department of State’s Bangladesh Travel Warning of January 5, 2017 is still in ... Read More»

Ambassador Bernicat’s Remarks at the Inaugural Event of the Bangladesh Incident Management System (BIMS) Two Day Introductory Workshop

On behalf of the United States Embassy in Bangladesh, I am honored to be here to help launch such an important effort. We know that our two countries benefit when we work together to solve and overcome obstacles. Our ability to respond and adapt to natural disasters is one of those challenges. By sharing and ... Read More»

First Lady Melania Trump & Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon to Honor Bangladeshi & 12 Others as Women of Courage

First Lady Melania Trump and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon will present the 2017 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award to a group of extraordinary women from around the world today at the U.S. Department of State, including Sharmin Akter of Bangladesh. Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Security Incident

United States Embassy, Dhaka, Bangladesh Security Message for U.S. Citizens Security Incident March 24, 2017 According to local press reports, on Friday, March 24 at approximately 7:40 pm, a suicide attack was carried out on a police check post at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport intersection in Dhaka. Please review your personal security plans, remain aware ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Security Incident

United States Embassy, Dhaka, Bangladesh Security Message for U.S. Citizens Security Incident March 17, 2017 According to local press reports, on Friday, March 17 at approximately 1:30pm, an individual climbed over a fence onto Bangladesh Police Rapid Action Battalion’s proposed new headquarters compound (about 200 meters east of Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport). Initial reports ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution Issued

The State Department has updated its Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September 9, 2016. Read the full message (PDF 44 KB) PDF Files Require the Free Adobe Acroba t Reader . Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Report of Birth application submission by Mail

Effective March 1, U.S. citizens who live in Bangladesh should submit their child’s Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) application by mail.  A Consular Report of Birth (CRBA) is evidence of United States citizenship, issued to a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents who meet the requirements for transmitting citizenship under ... Read More»

Op-Ed on The Economic Impact of Gender Based Violence (GBV)

No country can afford gender-based violence (GBV). In Bangladesh, the costs of GBV are estimated at 2.1 percent of the country’s GDP. Each day, violence stops a girl from going to school and prevents a woman from taking a job, compromising their future and the economic and social development of their communities. Survivors are left ... Read More»

Bangladesh 2016 Human Rights Report

Bangladesh is a secular, pluralistic, parliamentary democracy. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Awami League (AL) have retained power since the January 2014 parliamentary elections, which most international observers characterized as controversial and falling short of international standards. Read More»

Ambassador Bernicat’s Remarks at Apparel Summit

In the past, you have heard me start with praise for all the successes that the RMG sector in Bangladesh has made in recent years, and they are remarkable. But my message today is that responses from the United States will largely depend on what happens here in Bangladesh. And this is about the future, ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Dhaka’s Official currency exchange rate changes

The consular exchange rate at U.S. Embassy Dhaka is now 80 BDT.  All consular services including visa fees, Consular Report of Birth Abroad applications, passport applications, and notaries will follow this new exchange rate. Read the full message (PDF 64 KB) PDF Files Require the Free Adobe Acroba t Reader . Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Town Hall Meeting in Dhaka with the Ambassador

The American Citizen Services (ACS) Section of the U.S. Embassy would like to invite U.S. Citizens to a Town Hall meeting to engage in a discussion on issues that affect American citizens in Bangladesh.  The Honorable Ambassador Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat and Consul General Elizabeth Gourlay will be present to respond to questions or concerns ... Read More»

U.S. Mission in Bangladesh will be Closed on February 19 & 21

The U.S. Embassy Dhaka, including the Consular Section and the American Center with the Archer K. Blood American Center Library and the EducationUSA Student Advising Center, will remain closed on Sunday, February 19 and Tuesday, February 21, 2017 to celebrate President's Day, an official holiday in the United States, and in observance of Bangladesh’s International ... Read More»

Ambassador Bernicat’s Remarks at DIU Foundation Day Ceremony

January 28, 2017: One of the strongest connections between Bangladesh and the United States is our profound respect for education, commitment to teaching, and passion for learning. An exceptional education can change and improve a person’s life. An exceptional university can change and improve a community. DIU is an exceptional university with a mission to ... Read More»

Security Message: Strike or Hartal in Dhaka called for January 26, 2017

Anti-Rampal power plant campaigners have called an “eight hour” strike or hartal in Dhaka city on Thursday, January 26, to protest the construction of the Rampal power plant near the Sunderbans.  This “eight hour” hartal will begin at 6:00 a.m. and will end at 2:00 p.m. on the same day. Read the full message (PDF 72 KB) PDF Files ... Read More»

New USAID Project to Boost Agricultural Innovation & Technology Diffusion

Millions of smallholder farmers in South and Southeast Asia are attempting to diversify beyond staple crops to increase their incomes, nutrition, and resilience in response to climate change and shifting market demand. Although they are potentially significant producers of fresh vegetables and farmed fish, most smallholders lack access to technologies that would help them produce ... Read More»

Ambassador Bernicat’s Remarks on the Nari Uddug Kendra Grand Gala Celebration Ceremony to Award “WOMEN LEAD WORLD” Honor

I am so pleased to be with all you this evening as we celebrate Nari Uddug Kendra’s accomplishments. For 25 years – a quarter century! – Nari Uddug Kendra has devoted itself to promoting gender equality and human rights and by fostering the personal and political empowerment of women and girls. Read More»

Funding Opportunity Announcement

The American Center U.S. Embassy Dhaka   Awarding Agency: Department of State, U.S. Embassy Dhaka Funding Opportunity Title:  The American Center Annual Program Statement Funding Opportunity Number:  FY2017-APS-001 Funding Opportunity Type:  Initial Announcement CFDA Number:  19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs Key Dates: Applications may be submitted between January 15, 2017 and August 31, 2017 Date ... Read More»

Bangladesh Travel Warning

January 5, 2017 The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of continuing threats from terrorist groups in Bangladesh and to consider the risks of travel to and throughout the country.  The Department is updating this Travel Warning to reflect the change in the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka’s status to “partially accompanied,” effective January 5, 2017, ... Read More»

Security Message: Bishwa Ijtema Annual Gathering

Islam’s second-largest annual gathering after the Hajj, “Bishwa Ijtema,” will take place January 13-15 and January 20-22, 2017 on the banks of the Turag River in Tongi.  The main gathering point is about 3 km north of the International Airport.  The government expects between three to four million visitors to attend the Ijtema this year. ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Season Security Reminder

United States Embassy, Dhaka, Bangladesh December 29, 2016 U.S. citizens should take stringent security measures and be alert to local security developments during the holiday season. There is an ongoing potential for extremist violence in Bangladesh. The Travel Warning of July 10, 2016 is still in effect and the terrorist threat remains credible. Police have ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Dhaka Releases Music Video to Celebrate 4 Million Facebook Fans

The U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh is releasing a music video Nache Ey Mon featuring U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat, singers Pritom Hasan and Tahsan, cricketer Mehedi Hasan Miraz and others on Saturday, December 31, 2016. The video filmed in and around Dhaka celebrates the embassy’s Facebook page gaining four million fans. Read More»

Ambassador-At-Large For International Religious Freedom David N. Saperstein In Dhaka

David N. Saperstein, the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, will travel to Bangladesh this week. While in Bangladesh, Ambassador Saperstein will discuss religious freedom with government officials, civil society representatives, and a range of leaders representing both majority and minority religious communities. Read More»

Op-Ed “Bangladesh Leads on Migration Discussions”

People do not make the decision to leave their homes lightly, but sometimes circumstances compel them to move. Many Bangladeshis leave home to pursue opportunities in the wider world. And tensions, conflict, and discrimination inside neighboring Burma have, over the years, led people from that country to flee across its borders into Bangladesh, Thailand, China, ... Read More»

Security Message: The Narayanganj City Corporation Election and the District Council Election of Bangladesh

The Narayanganj City Corporation election will be held on Thursday December 22, 2016 and the District Council election is scheduled for Wednesday December 28, 2016.  In light of these forthcoming events, please be advised that there’s been a historic trend of civil unrest during pre-election periods. Read the full message . (PDF 72 KB) PDF Files Require the Free Adobe Acrobat Reader ... Read More»

Ambassador Bernicat Visits Khulna

On December 1, U.S. Ambassador Marcia Bernicat and USAID Bangladesh Mission Director Janina Jaruzelski visited USAID’s Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition, Globally (SPRING) Activity in Bagerhat District. Read More»

New USAID-Bangladesh Ministry of Disaster Management & Relief Project Launched

Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDM&R) inaugurated Nobo Jatra, its new five-year Food for Peace project in Khulna. Implemented by World Vision Bangladesh in collaboration with the World Food Program and Winrock International, the USAID Nobo Jatra project will improve food ... Read More»

Security Message: Security Incident at Dhaka Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport

On Nov 6 at approximately 7:10 pm, there was a security incident at the Dhaka Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.  An individual clothed similar in appearance to airport cleaning staff attempted to gain entry to the airport through the international departures (second level) access point.  Members of the airport security staff challenged the individual and were ... Read More»

New USAID-MOCHTA Project to Improve Food Security & Nutrition in Chittagong Hill Tracts

Today the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts (MoCHTA) inaugurated SAPLING, its new five-year Sustainable Agriculture and Production Linked to Improved Nutrition Status, Resilience, and Gender Equity project, in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. Implemented by Helen Keller International, the USAID SAPLING project will improve food ... Read More»

Notice to Foreign Media on How to Cover the 2016 Elections

The U.S. Embassy is happy to provide the following information from the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Press Centers (FPC): There are no official credentials to cover the 2016 elections, either local or presidential. Each of the 50 states has their own regulations regarding elections and electoral procedures. For information on how to access polling ... Read More»

Ambassador Bernicat visited Bait Ur Rouf Mosque

On October 20, Ambassador Bernicat visited the capital’s Bait Ur Rouf Mosque and was impressed by the innovative architecture, which provides both ventilation and natural lighting and creates a wonderful community space and place of prayer. Architect Marina Tabassum has been selected for the “2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture” for designing the mosque.   Read More»

Professional Fellows Program on Economic Empowerment

The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma is partnering with the U.S. Department of State, the Center for Entrepreneurship Development (CED) at BRAC University in Bangladesh to host a five-week professional exchange in the United States that includes a professional fellowship placement at an American small business organization. Read More»

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (K-L YES) Program 2017-18

The American Center at U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (K-L YES) Program for academic year 2017-18. K-L YES is a high school exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The program is administered in Bangladesh by the International ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots

Don’t wait – return your voted ballot right away!  Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 8.  U.S. citizens who want to participate ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Dhaka Closed on October 9 & 11 on the Occasion of Columbus Day and Durga Puja

The U.S. Embassy, including the Consular Section and the American Center with the Archer K. Blood American Center Library and the EducationUSA Student Advising Center, will be closed on Sunday, October 9 and Tuesday, October 11 2016, on the occasion of Columbus Day, an American holiday, and in observance of Durga Puja, a Bangladeshi national ... Read More»

Call for Entries: EMK Small Grant 2017

The EMKCenter will award the Edward M. Kennedy Small Grants for Public Service and the Arts to individuals or groups who are active in volunteerism, women’s empowerment, education, youth engagement, entrepreneurship related projects and arts in Bangladesh. Read More»

Seminar on “Women, Politics & Power”

The American Center Dhaka organized a seminar titled “Women, Politics & Power” on September 22, 2016. Katie Croake, Chief of Party for Democracy International; Silja Paasilinna, Bangladesh Chief of Party for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems; and Ambassador Nasim Firdaus, Executive Director of the Bangladesh Alliance for Women's Leadership (BDAWL), offered analysis and insights ... Read More»

Security Message: Worldwide Caution

As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about relevant events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world.  Current information suggests that terrorist groups continue to plan attacks in ... Read More»

Security Message: 15th Anniversary of September 11th

The U.S. Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Bangladesh that the terrorist threat remains real and credible. While there are no known specific threats to U.S. citizens or interests in Bangladesh, U.S. citizens should continue to be vigilant and take extra caution as we approach the anniversary of the ... Read More»

Security Message: Nationwide Strike or Hartal on Monday

Jamaat-e-Islami, an Islamist political group, has called for a nationwide 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. hartal on Monday, September 5 in reaction to the execution of one of its leaders. “Dawn-to-dusk” hartals almost always begin at 6:00 a.m. on the day they are called and generally end at 6:00 p.m. on the same day. Read the full message (PDF ... Read More»

Security Message: Nationwide Strike or Hartal on Wednesday

Jamaat-e-Islami, an Islamist political group, has called for a nationwide dawn-to-dusk hartal on Wednesday, August 31st in reaction to the death sentence announced today of of one of its leaders.  “Dawn-to-dusk” hartals almost always begin at 6:00 a.m. on the day they are called and generally end at 6:00 p.m. on the same day. Read the full message (PDF ... Read More»

Secretary of State Kerry to Travel to Dhaka and New Delhi

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Dhaka, Bangladesh, on August 29 to highlight the longstanding and broad U.S.-Bangladesh relationship. Secretary Kerry will meet with government officials to discuss our growing cooperation on global issues. He also will focus on strengthening our longstanding bilateral partnership on democracy, development, security and human rights. Read More»

“Road to the White House” Facebook Chat on Social Media in Campaigns

Join us for our August 16 election chat on Social Media in Campaigns at 7 pm. The chat will feature Chris Talbot, the founder and President of Talbot Digital, and an expert on digital marketing in politics. His firm provides online communications and media strategy, message development and implementation, social media management, online advertising, tracking ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Town Hall Meeting in Dhaka with the Ambassador

The American Citizen Services (ACS) Section of the U.S. Embassy would like to invite the U.S. Citizens to a Town Hall Meeting to engage in a discussion on issues that affect American citizens in Bangladesh. The Honorable Ambassador Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat and Consul General Elizabeth Gourlay will be present to respond to questions or concerns ... Read More»

Security Message: Demonstration and Rally for July 27 and July 29

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has called for a demonstration in all metropolitan cities of Bangladesh, including Dhaka, and all upazilla (sub-district) headquarters on Wednesday, July 27 to protest the conviction of its Senior VC Tarique Rahman in a money laundering case. Additionally, Hefazat-e-Islam has called for a rally on Friday, July 29, at the ... Read More»

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal Meets with Home Minister

DHAKA, JULY 11, 2016 – U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Manpreet Anand met today with Home Minister Assaduzzaman Khan to discuss Bangladesh’s bilateral relations with the United States and the ... Read More»

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal Meets with Foreign Minister

DHAKA, JULY 10, 2016 – U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Manpreet Anand met today with Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali and Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque to discuss Bangladesh’s bilateral relations with ... Read More»

Joint Statement of the Fifth U.S.-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue

The Governments of the United States and Bangladesh, led respectively by U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon and Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque, convened the fifth annual Partnership Dialogue on June 23-24, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Both sides highlighted the growing bilateral ties between Bangladesh and the United States and reaffirmed ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens

The U.S. Embassy would like to advise U.S. citizens of the possibility of further terrorist attacks in Bangladesh. Please give consideration to your personal security. The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that U.S. government personnel are not permitted to: Visit public places Travel on foot, motorcycle, bicycle, rickshaw or other uncovered means on public thoroughfares ... Read More»

Emergency Message

The hostage situation at Holey Bakery in Gulshan-2, Dhaka has ended. The U.S. Embassy recommends that all U.S. Citizens avoid the area around the restaurant (Road 79 in Gulshan-2) and remain vigilant in their movements and activities, inside the diplomatic enclave and anywhere else in Bangladesh. The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that U.S. government ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Dhaka Closed on July 3-4 & 6-7 in Observance of Shab-e-Qadr, U.S. Independence Day and Eid-ul-Fitr

DHAKA, JUNE 30 -- The American Embassy, including the Consular Section and the American Center, will be closed on Sunday, July 3 in observance of Shab-e-Qadr and Monday, July 4 in observance of U.S. Independence Day. The Embassy will be closed again on Wednesday-Thursday, July 6-7 to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Shab-e-Qadr and Eid-ul-Fitr are Bangladeshi national ... Read More»