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COVID-19 Information

Last updated:   07/25/2021

  • The Government of Bangladesh (GoB) resumed strict COVID-19 lockdown restrictions from 6 a.m. July 23 until midnight August 5.  For additional information, see Movement Restrictions section. 
  • 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.
  • 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:  Botswana, India, Mongolia, Namibia, Nepal, Panama, South Africa, Tunisia
      • Arrival from Group A countries requires special permission from a corresponding GoB entity.
      • Passengers arriving from Group A countries will undergo 14 days of institutional quarantine at a government-designated hotel at their own expense and must provide proof of the hotel booking before getting a boarding pass.
    • Group B:  Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Georgia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Oman, UAE, UK, Uruguay
      • 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 institutional quarantine at a government-designated hotel at their own expense and must provide proof of the hotel booking before getting a boarding pass.
    • Group C:  Rest of the world
      • 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.
  • 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.
  • The U.S. Embassy recommends abiding by both CDC and GoB guidelines above.

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?  Yes.  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 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:  Botswana, India, Mongolia, Namibia, Nepal, Panama, South Africa, Tunisia
      • Arrival from Group A countries requires special permission from a corresponding GoB entity.
      • Passengers arriving from Group A countries will undergo 14 days of institutional quarantine at a government-designated hotel at their own expense and must provide proof of the hotel booking before getting a boarding pass.
    • Group B:  Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Georgia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Oman, UAE, UK, Uruguay
      • 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 institutional quarantine at a government-designated hotel at their own expense and must provide proof of the hotel booking before getting a boarding pass.
    • Group C:  Rest of the world
      • 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.
  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter Bangladesh? Yes, but note guidelines above.
    • Currently, 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 age 10 are exempt from this requirement.
      • Note:  Qatar Airways requires this certificate within 48 hours of travel.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
    • Note:  Qatar Airways requires this certificate within 48 hours of travel.
    • There are no exceptions 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.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Ye.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.
  • The GoB resumed strict COVID-19 lockdown restrictions from 6 a.m. July 23 until midnight August 5.  
    • All government, semi-government, autonomous, and non-government offices will be closed.
    • All public transportation (including passenger rail, road, and waterway services) will be suspended, and motorized vehicles will not be allowed to operate.  Trucks, covered vans, and cargo vessels carrying goods are exempt.  Law enforcement agencies will ensure compliance.
    • Law enforcement and emergency services, to include drivers and employees of these services, can move with identification issued by their respective offices.  These services include healthcare, COVID-19 vaccinations (candidates must have immunization cards), pharmacies and pharmaceuticals, banks and revenue collection, public and private utilities, food transportation, relief distribution, private security services, postal services, agricultural produce and inputs, food/grain, and print/electronic mass medias.
    • Domestic flights are suspended, but medevac, humanitarian relief, and cargo flights will be exempt.
    • International flights will operate, and travelers must carry proof of air tickets when traveling to/from the airport by car.  Travelers should also contact their respective airlines to confirm flights or for other inquiries.  For updated information on flights, please consult the latest Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) circulars.
    • Hotels, restaurants, and other food shops may operate from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will be limited to online delivery and takeaway.  In-person dining is not allowed.
    • Except for absolute necessities, such as food, medicine, medical treatment, and funeral services, movement outside of residences will not be allowed, and violators will face legal action.
    • Grocery stores and pharmacies will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and must abide by COVID-19 mitigation protocols.
    • Kitchen markets and commodity sellers may buy and sell in open spaces from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and must abide by COVID-19 mitigation protocols.
    • Shopping malls, gyms, sports complexes, and recreation and entertainment centers will be closed.
    • All tourist locations, resorts, and community centers will be closed.
    • Social, political, and religious gatherings will not be allowed.
    • Industrial factories will be closed.
    • The GoB will enforce COVID-19 health guidelines and restrictions, and the Armed Forces Division will deploy the required number of personnel to ensure effective patrolling at the field level.  District magistrates will confirm matters in consultation with local army commanders.
    • The Bangladesh Supreme Court will issue necessary directives regarding court operations.
    • To ensure banking services, the Bangladesh Bank will issue necessary directives to banks.
    • The Ministry of Religious Affairs will provide directives for prayer at mosques.
    • The Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) will allow the district administrations and police forces to take legal action on his behalf.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  Yes
  • 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:  Botswana, India, Mongolia, Namibia, Nepal, Panama, South Africa, Tunisia
      • Arrival from Group A countries requires special permission from a corresponding GoB entity.
      • Passengers arriving from Group A countries will undergo 14 days of institutional quarantine at a government-designated hotel at their own expense and must provide proof of the hotel booking before getting a boarding pass.
    • Group B:  Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Georgia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Oman, UAE, UK, Uruguay
      • 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 institutional quarantine at a government-designated hotel at their own expense and must provide proof of the hotel booking before getting a boarding pass.
    • Group C:  Rest of the world
      • 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.
  • 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 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.  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, when flights resume.
  • 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, but only within cities, not between cities. 

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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