|The Department of State has limited U.S. passport operations because of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you apply or renew now, you will experience significant delays of several months to receive your full validity U.S. passport and the return of your citizenship evidence documents (such as Consular Report of Birth Abroad). If you have an emergency you may apply for an Emergency Photo Digitized Passport (EPDP) at the Embassy. An EPDP is printed locally and is valid for one year with the option to be extended within a year of issuance.|
Passport services require appointments, which are made online through the Embassy website. We are closed on Tuesdays for administrative processing and on all U.S. and Bangladeshi holidays.
Please arrive fifteen minutes before your appointment for security screening. Mobile phones, electronic devices other restricted items are not permitted inside the Embassy. Please arrange to leave these items at home or with a friend.
Note: you cannot currently list a “Country” when completing the “Emergency Contact” section on our forms. Please list an emergency contact in the United States.
- Eye glasses will no longer be allowed in passport photos.
- There are NO “expediting services” in overseas posts.
Renew a Passport
Passport Processing Time
Regular passports are printed in the United States and take approximately 10-14 working days. Please consider this timeline when renewing or applying for passports. You will receive an automated email when your passport is ready.
Important Notice from the IRS for Passport Applicants
The U.S. Embassy in Dhaka encourages all passport applicants to read the advisory on their passport applications about the requirement to provide Social Security Numbers on all applications for U.S. passports. This requirement, under Section 6039E of the Internal Revenue Code, makes the failure to provide a valid Social Security Number when applying for a U.S. passport or for the renewal of a U.S. passport an offense punishable by a $500 fine. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) points out that a U.S. citizen, if their income is over a certain threshold, has an obligation to file a U.S. tax return, and in order to file that return a Social Security Number is required. American citizens without a valid Social Security Number should see the Federal Benefits section of the ACS website for information on how to apply for a Social Security Number.
No Objection to Travel Letter
For visa issuance, some countries such as Saudi Arabia may request a letter from the Embassy stating the U.S. government has no objection to your travel. The U.S. government does not issue these types of letters – your passport is proof that the U.S. government does not object to your travel. However, a general letter explaining this for those who may need it. If advisable, please download the letter and print it as needed for your visa application.
You may click here (PDF 200 KB) to download the letter.