COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:   11/07/2021

***  Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis. Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption. Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States

Country-Specific Information

Please check the government of Bangladesh’s webpage for the most updated statistics on COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh.

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

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.

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?  Vaccines are available on a voluntary basis for diplomats and some official visa holders.  Eligible individuals are required to contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through their respective organizations.  

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

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

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. Quarantine requirements upon arrival differ depending on vaccination status and the country from which the individual is traveling to Bangladesh.
  • Visas on arrival are currently unavailable for travelers arriving in Bangladesh.  Travelers should obtain appropriate Bangladeshi visas prior to traveling.  This includes diplomatic and official passport holders.

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 an 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.
  • Negative COVID-19 PCR tests are required for those entering and departing the country.
    • Please note, those departing Bangladesh on Qatar Airways must have a certificate obtained 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 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?  Only if not fully vaccinated or traveling from a particular country.

  • Effective October 23, 2021, those entering Bangladesh from most countries, including the United States, who are fully vaccinated will not be subject to a quarantine requirement. Those entering from most countries, including the United States, who are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated may still travel to Bangladesh but will be subject to a 14-day home quarantine.
  • Those traveling from Armenia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Palestine, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, or Ukraine — not including transit passengers through these countries — will be subject to a 7-day home quarantine if fully vaccinated or a 7-day institutional quarantine at a government facility or hotel at the traveler’s expense if unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated.
  • Unvaccinated minors under 18 will follow the quarantine guidelines of the family members with whom they are traveling.
  • The government of Bangladesh defines fully vaccinated as having received a full regimen (one or two doses, as applicable) of a WHO-approved vaccine. Passengers are expected to carry proof of vaccination.
  • For more information, read the latest circular 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 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

  • 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. Pandemic-related health mitigation protocols and resource constraints continue to limit the number of applicants we are able to interview.

Local Resources:

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

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