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COVID-19 Information

Last updated:   10/14/2021

  • According to Government of Bangladesh (GoB) regulations all incoming and outgoing passengers, except children below age 10, require a PCR based COVID-19 negative certificate. The PCR test must be done within 72 hours of the flight departure time.
  • According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) regulations, 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.
  • Effective June 1,2021, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) allowed the resumption of international flights from selected countries under an “air travel bubble” model. For additional information, see Entry and Exit Requirements.
  • 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.
  • The U.S. Embassy recommends abiding by U.S., GoB and airline guidelines. 

Country-Specific Information:

  • Please check the GoB’s webpage at https://corona.gov.bd/ for the most updated statistics on COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the GoB approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes
  • 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.  Eligible people are required to contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through their respective organizations.
  • Which vaccines are available in Bangladesh? Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine, Moderna, Pfizer and Sinopharm 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 vaccines in 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:

  • Effective June 1,2021, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) allowed the resumption of international flights from selected countries under an “air travel bubble” model breaking down countries into three groups:
    • Group A: Argentina, Botswana, Cuba, Cyprus, Eswatini, Georgia, Iran, Libya, Malaysia, Mongolia, and Spain
      • Passengers arriving from Group A countries must be fully vaccinated before 14 days of travel date can enter Bangladesh.  After arrival they will undergo 14 days of strict home quarantine. 
      • No entry for passengers from this group if they are not fully vaccinated. 
    • Group B: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Iraq, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Namibia, Netherlands, Panama, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, and the UK
      • Passengers arriving from Group B countries will undergo 14 days of home quarantine if they have proof of vaccination completion and if not vaccinated, 14 days institutional quarantine at a government-designated hotel at their own expense and must provide proof of the hotel booking before getting a boarding pass.
      • Passengers arriving from Group B countries can transit through Group A countries, provided they remain in the passenger terminal.
    • Group C: Rest of the world (Including the U.S.)
      • Irrespective of COVID-19 vaccination, passengers arriving from Group C countries will undergo 14 days of home quarantine but will be subject to institutional quarantine if they show COVID-19 symptoms on arrival.
      • Passengers arriving from Group C countries can transit through Group A and B countries, provided they remain in the passenger terminal.
    • There are no exceptions for diplomatic passport holders.
    • Any passengers, regardless of country group, diagnosed with or displaying COVID-19 related symptoms on arrival are subject to institutional quarantine at their own expense.
  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter Bangladesh? Yes, but note guidelines above.
    • Currently, there are no visas on arrival for travelers arriving in Bangladesh.  Travelers are advised to obtain appropriate Bangladeshi visas prior to their travel.  This includes diplomatic and/or official passports. 
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry and departure? 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 age 10 are exempt from this requirement.
      • Note:  Qatar Airways requires this certificate within 48 hours of travel.
      • There are no exceptions for diplomatic passport holders.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
    • The GoB has begun distributing health information cards and conducting temperature screening of all passengers arriving in Bangladesh at all points of entry.
  • 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.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
  • Passengers arriving from Group A countries (Argentina, Botswana, Cuba, Cyprus, Eswatini, Georgia, Iran, Libya, Malaysia, Mongolia, and Spain) must be fully vaccinated before 14 days of travel date can enter Bangladesh.  After arrival they will undergo 14 days of strict home quarantine. 
  • Passengers arriving from Group B countries (Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Iraq, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Namibia, Netherlands, Panama, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, and the UK) will undergo 14 days of home quarantine if they have proof of vaccination completion and if not vaccinated, 14 days institutional quarantine at a government-designated hotel at their own expense and must provide proof of the hotel booking before getting a boarding pass.
  • Passengers arriving from Group C countries (Rest of the world, including the U.S.) will undergo 14 days of home quarantine but will be subject to institutional quarantine if they show COVID-19 symptoms on arrival.
  • There are no exceptions for diplomatic passport holders.
  • 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 GoB has set up a public health emergency hotline: 16263, COVID-19 telehealth available at 09666777222. 

COVID-19 Testing:

  • 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 GoB 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.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes, but under a special “air travel bubble” model (see Entry and Exit Requirements).  We urge U.S. citizens to schedule 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.  
  • 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? Yes.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • As of July 23, 2020, the GoB will take legal action against those not wearing masks or social distancing.  Since May 30, 2020, the GoB 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.

Consular Operations:

  • In the event of an immediate need for service or an emergency, please email DhakaACS@state.gov to request an emergency appointment.

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