Health Alert – U.S. Embassy [Dhaka, Bangladesh]

Location: Bangladesh

Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 100,000 reported cases worldwide. 

On March 15, the Bangladesh Ministry of Health announced an additional three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bangladesh, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Bangladesh to eight.

On March 16, the Bangladesh Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a Travel Notice regarding the potential for COVID-19 in Bangladesh.

  • From March 16 to 31, foreign nationals on flights originating from Europe, except for the United Kingdom, will not be allowed to enter Bangladesh.
  • Issuance of on-arrival visas for Bangladesh will remain suspended for two weeks between March 15 to 29 for incoming passengers of all countries.
  • Passengers arriving in Bangladesh from other coronavirus-affected countries will be placed under self-quarantine for two weeks after arrival.  This will continue until further notice.
  • Foreign nationals with valid visas staying in Bangladesh now will have the option of extending their existing visas for up to three months.

U.S. Embassy Dhaka’s Consular Section will continue providing essential services to U.S. citizens.  Passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) appointments can be made on line as usual, but for notarial services related to a U.S. citizen matter, please email to schedule an appointment.  Effective March 19, nonimmigrant and immigrant visa interviews scheduled through April 12 are cancelled.  Emergency visa interviews will be provided on a case-by-case basis.

U.S. Embassy Dhaka employees have been instructed to follow the CDC’s guidelines for protective measures regarding COVID – 19, including when Embassy staff go to restaurants.

The U.S. Embassy has restricted official travel for its personnel; personal travel remains an individual decision. 

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