Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (April 19, 2020)

Location:  Bangladesh

Note:  The U.S. Embassy remains open for business. 

Event:  The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassy Bangladesh have arranged a special chartered flight for Americans and their families.  The flight will depart from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Tuesday, April 21, with stopovers at Kadena Air Base, Japan and Anchorage, Alaska before arriving in Dulles International Airport in the Washington, D.C metro area.  Passengers will remain on the airplane in Japan and Alaska.  This flight is operated by Omni Air.

We expect this will be the final U.S. government organized flight returning to the United States from Bangladesh during the COVID-19 crisis.  We urge U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States to take advantage of this opportunity or be prepared to remain in Bangladesh until commercial flights resume.  

If you wish to travel to the United States and you filled out our online sign-up form for the previous flight, please do not sign up again.  If you did not fill out the online form for the last flight, please provide your information here by 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 19.  You will not receive an e-mail confirming your submission.   Please do not call the Embassy to confirm your information; we will e-mail you if you are confirmed.  Please also keep your phone nearby and check your e-mail regularly in case the Embassy needs to contact you.

All passengers will need to reimburse the U.S. Government for the cost of the flight.  A legal document, called a promissory note, for the full cost of the flight must be signed by each adult passenger before boarding.  The cost will be approximately $1,820 per adult ticket.  No cash or credit card payments will be accepted at the airport.  Please review payment information on promissory notes (DS-5528) here.  While your passport will not be canceled, U.S. citizens who have signed a loan agreement for repatriation may not be eligible for new passports until the loan is repaid.

You will be responsible for any arrangements or costs (lodging, travel to your onward destination or local transportation, etc.) beyond Washington, D.C.  The U.S. Embassy is unable to book any onward travel for you.  The exact departure time and routing of this chartered flight are subject to change.

Unless you receive an email from the U.S Embassy in Bangladesh confirming your flight, please do not come to the airport.

You can contact the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, located on Madani Avenue, Baridhara, Dhaka, Bangladesh 1212, at (88) (02) 5566-2000, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday except for holidays.  On holidays, during weekends, or after-hours for emergencies U.S. citizens can call (88) (02) 5566-2000 and press “0” and ask for the duty officer.