Embassy Closed March 26 for BD Independence Day; Emergency services for American citizens available

Emergency services for American citizens will be available.
Embassy will maintain normal working hours, March 29-April 2, 2020.

DHAKA, MARCH 25, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy, including the Consular Section, will be closed on Thursday, March 26, 2020, in observance of Bangladesh Independence Day.  Emergency services for American citizens will be available.  Please call (88) (02) 5566-2000 to speak with the duty officer.

The U.S. Embassy will maintain normal working hours March 29 to April 2, 2020 and thereafter, including American Citizen Services appointments and emergency services.  Due to the government holiday, public transportation will be limited, and American citizens with appointments may experience difficulty getting to the Embassy.  If an appointment needs to be rescheduled, contact the Consular Section at (88) (02) 5566-2000.

On March 19, the U.S. Department of State advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19, and where commercial departure options remain available to arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  U.S. citizens and their family members attempting to depart Bangladesh who have been unable to secure a commercial flight, please visit the following link for current instructions:  https://bd.usembassy.gov/health-alert-032320/.  For regular updates, visit our main website (https://bd.usembassy.gov/) and follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bangladesh.usembassy/) and Twitter (@usembassydhaka).

U.S. citizen travelers are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP  https://step.state.gov/step/) to receive Alerts.  In an emergency, American citizens in Bangladesh may contact the Embassy at (88) (02) 5566-2000 or call the following numbers:  +1 (888) 407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or +1 (202) 501-4444 from other countries or jurisdictions.

For the latest information regarding COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.  Updated COVID-19 travel information is also available on the Embassy’s website at:  https://bd.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the American Center, the Archer K. Blood Library and the EducationUSA Student Advising Center will remain closed through April 11, 2020.