COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 06/12/2022

*** As of 12:01 a.m. EDT June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded.  Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Travelers are requested to follow U.S., Bangladesh, and private carrier regulations during travel.

Country-Specific Information

Please check the government of Bangladesh’s webpage for the most updated statistics on COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh. You can also call the Bangladesh Health Hotline at 16263.

COVID-19 Testing

Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Bangladesh?  Yes
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.  Results are often delivered via text message and are, in most cases, linked to a QR code.  In Dhaka, it is relatively easy to secure test results within 24 hours, if not faster.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

Has the government of Bangladesh approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes

Are vaccines available in Bangladesh for U.S. citizens to receive?  Yes

Which vaccines are available in Bangladesh?  Oxford University-AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, and Sinopharm.

For more information, please visit our page for U.S. citizens interested in registering for a Government of Bangladesh-provided vaccine.

For more information, please visit our page for U.S. citizens interested in receiving a Government of Bangladesh-provided vaccine.

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

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes

    • At present, U.S. citizens can enter Bangladesh with a valid visa or a “no visa required” seal.
    • Visas on arrival are available. More information is available at The Embassy of Bangladesh in Washington DC – Visa on Arrival (bdembassyusa.org). Despite the availability of visa on arrival, the U.S. Embassy continues to recommend that travelers obtain their visas, or no visa required seal, as appropriate, prior to commencing travel to avoid delays at immigration.

Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?  Only for those not vaccinated in against COVID-19.

    • All those traveling to Bangladesh must complete a Passenger Health Declaration Form (HDF) within three (3) days of arrival in Bangladesh. The HDF will generate a QR code, which travelers must be ready to present to immigration authorities upon arrival at the port of entry.
    • Travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, regardless of port of entry, can enter Bangladesh with official proof of vaccination.  No PCR or any other negative COVID-19 test is required.
    • The government of Bangladesh defines fully vaccinated as having received a full regimen (one or two doses, as applicable) of a WHO-approved vaccine.  At present, a booster dose is not required.
    • Travelers who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must carry a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test report from a test taken within 72 hours of departure.
    • Children under age 12 are exempt from the testing and vaccination requirements but will observe the same health formalities that apply to their family members upon arrival.
    • Those showing symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival may be isolated and required to take an RT PCR COVID-19 test, the result of which will determine subsequent quarantine requirements.

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 is submitted before the original visa validity date, travelers will remain in compliance.

Movement Restrictions

Is a curfew in place?  No

Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  No

Quarantine Information 

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  No

  • Only those who show symptoms of COVID-19 and subsequently test positive must quarantine.
  • For more information, read the latest circulars from the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh here.

Transportation Options

Are commercial flights operating?  Yes

  • 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 travel 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

  • Masks must be worn while on public transport.

Fines for Non-Compliance (if applicable)

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

Routine passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, notarial, and other U.S. citizen services are being offered.  Email DhakaACS@state.gov to request an appointment.
Visa services are being offered, prioritizing those with urgent travel needs.  A large backlog of applicants has resulted in long wait times across all immigrant and nonimmigrant visa categories.

Local Resources:

Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) COVID-19 Updates
Government of Bangladesh COVID-19 Information
WHO page on Bangladesh

Other Links:

COVID-19 Traveler Information page on travel.state.gov
CDC page on COVID-19
Travel.state.gov Country Information and Travel Advisory page