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Last updated: 04/13/21
- *** The Government of Bangladesh announced a continuation of the countrywide lockdown from April 14 to 21 to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. ***
- *** Because of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, effective April 14 until April 20, 2021, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) will suspend all international and domestic flights to/from Bangladesh. Passengers should contact their respective airlines to reschedule travel. There are no exceptions for diplomatic passport holders. ***
- The Government of Bangladesh announced a countrywide lockdown to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic starting from April 14, 2021. A daily curfew is in effect from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Hospitals, pharmacies, and food stores remain open. Public transportation and banking services remain limited. More information under Movement Restrictions section.
- Effective January 26, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
- Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals, who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver, should contact the U.S. Embassy at DhakaACS@state.gov and provide the necessary information. The U.S. Embassy will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.
- Per directive from Government of Bangladesh (GoB), effective January 7, 2021 all passengers both arriving and departing from Bangladesh must show COVID-19 negative test results based on the PCR method and obtained from a government authorized test facility. The test must be done either within 72 hours of departure time or within the time prescribed by the destination country.
*** No exceptions will be provided for diplomatic passport holders.
- The U.S. Embassy recommends abiding by both CDC and GoB guidelines above.
- Please check the Government of Bangladesh’s webpage at https://corona.gov.bd/ for the most updated statistics on COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Bangladesh approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?
- Are vaccines available in Bangladesh for U.S. citizens to receive? Vaccines are available on a voluntary basis for diplomats and some official visa holders, and they can register at the National Vaccination Portal.
- Which vaccines are available in Bangladesh? Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine
- According to Bangladeshi authorities, foreign nationals holding A/A1/A2/FA2/F/ND/M categories of visas can be considered for vaccination in the first phase (the visa must be valid for at least six months). All eligible visa holders should contact their respective organization that applied for the visa. For more information, refer to the April 3, 2021 circular from the Directorate General of Health Services.
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccinesin the United States.
- The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter Bangladesh? Yes, but note current flight suspension.
- There are no visas on arrival for tourist passport holders, and those traveling on diplomatic or official passports need the appropriate visa.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes.
- Foreign nationals with valid visas will be required to produce a medical certificate (with English translation) to be obtained within 72 hours of travel, indicating that they are COVID-19 negative. This medical certificate needs to be submitted on arrival at the Bangladesh point of entry (airport/seaport/land port). Children under 10 years of age are exempt from this requirement.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
- The Government of Bangladesh has begun distributing health information cards and conducting temperature screening of all passengers arriving in Bangladesh at all points of entry.
- Effective January 7, 2021 all passengers both arriving and departing from Bangladesh must show COVID-19 negative test results based on the PCR method and obtained from a government authorized test facility. The test must be done either within 72 hours of departure time or within the time prescribed by the destination country.
- No exceptions will be provided for diplomatic passport holders.
- U.S. citizens may submit their visa renewal applications to the Department of Immigration and Passports. Approvals may be delayed but if the application has been submitted before their original visa expires, travelers are still in compliance.
- Is a curfew in place? Only from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes.
- Residents should remain in their homes from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. except for emergencies or for essential needs, such as shopping for food and medicine.
- Residents are advised to work from home if possible.
- Public transportation is suspended to include passenger trains.
- No travel is allowed from district to district.
- Domestic flights are suspended.
- International flights are suspended.
- No indoor dining services are allowed.
- Delivery food service options are available.
- Grocery stores and pharmacies may remain open.
- Residents can shop in bazaars only when necessary.
- Shopping malls, gyms, sports complexes, and recreation centers are closed.
- No public gatherings of any kind are allowed.
- A maximum of five people is allowed for daily prayer at every mosque, and a maximum of 10 people are allowed for Friday prayer.
- All tourist locations are closed.
- Banks are closed, but ATM services are open.
- Factories and agricultural-related industries can remain operational.
- For additional lockdown information read the full Government of Bangladesh circular: https://cabinet.gov.bd/. The circular is available under the “Notice Board.”
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes.
- If international travelers arrive in Bangladesh with COVID-19 symptoms, they will be institutionally quarantined for 14 days.
- If international travelers arrive in Bangladesh with no COVID-19 symptoms, they will be required to “home quarantine” for 14 days.
- For persons of Bangladeshi origin who possess a “no visa required” stamp in their passport:
- If they arrive in Bangladesh without the required COVID-19 negative medical certificate, they will be institutionally quarantined for 14 days.
- If they arrive in Bangladesh with the required COVID-19 negative medical certificate, they are required to home/self-quarantine for 14 days.
- If they arrive in Bangladesh with the required COVID-19 negative medical certificate, but are diagnosed with any COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival, they will be institutionally quarantined for 14 days.
- Children under 10 years of age are exempt from these requirements.
- The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) is maintaining a registry of incoming travelers from all affected countries to monitor for the development of symptoms.
- The Government of Bangladesh has set up a public health emergency hotline: 16263
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Bangladesh? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
- For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html
- The Government of Bangladesh has provided a list of recommended COVID-19 testing facilities for international passengers here. Those wishing to get tested will have to pay for their own COVID-19 test.
- Are commercial flights operating? No. We urge U.S. citizens to reschedule flights and check with their airline and destination country to determine what COVID-19-related documents are required for traveling to avoid delays in departing Bangladesh.
- Travelers transiting through the UK please be advised of the following requirements:
- All arriving passengers including arriving crews/transit passengers need to fill out the online passenger locator form within 48 hours prior to arrival. Keep the electronic receipt to show at the UK airport or you may be fined up to £100 and/or may not be allowed to enter the UK.
- Passengers should visit http://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control in order to read and understand the regulations and procedures for entering the UK. Passengers intending to travel abroad must possess all valid travel documents and visas.
- Passengers should verify with the airline if they will need to pass through UK border control. For up-to-date information on self-isolation and a list of hotels in Heathrow Airport visit: https://uk.usembassy.gov/covid-19-coronavirus-information/
- Passengers should fill out this form before check-in with the airline: https://a4aero.s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/biman/COVID_19_Helth_Declarion_Form.pdf.
- Visa holders are unable to enter the United States through the UK per Presidential proclamation. For a list of exceptions and for more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html.
- Travelers transiting through the UK please be advised of the following requirements:
- Please be aware that these requirements could change at any time and you should check with your airline for updated guidance.
- Is public transportation operating? No. The recent lockdown is from April 14 – April 21. Public transportation will not be available during this time.
Fines for Non-Compliance:
- As of July 23, 2020, the Government of Bangladesh will take legal action against those not wearing masks or social distancing. Since May 30, the Government of Bangladesh has made wearing masks and social distancing mandatory when outside the home. Public administrators in Khulna Division have instituted a fine of TK 4,000 for those not adhering to this order.
- The U.S. Embassy will be closed for routine U.S. citizen services from Wednesday, April 14 for the duration of the lockdown. All U.S. citizen services appointments already scheduled for the week will be rescheduled. In the event of an immediate need for service or an emergency, please email DhakaACS@state.gov to request an emergency appointment. The Embassy will reopen U.S. citizen services appointments after the lockdown is lifted.
- Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) COVID-19 Updates
- Government of Bangladesh information on COVID-19
- Bangladesh page on WHO website