Around 20,000 tourists visit Bangladesh annually.
It is still a very off the beaten path country, with very low tourism infrastructure.
But that's what makes visiting Bangladesh so much fun!
The first step for planning your Bangladesh trip?
Your Bangladesh visa!
Many nationalities need a visa for Bangladesh. There are 23 nationalities exempt from needing a Bangladesh visa.
Otherwise, you will need to apply for a Bangladesh visa in advance or get a Bangladesh visa upon arrival.
23 countries are exempt from Bangladesh visa requirements.
The following countries do not need a Bangladesh visa to go to Bangladesh:
It is possible to get a Bangladesh visa on arrival.
The process is simple and quick.
You will get off the aeroplane, then as you walk down the escalators you will come across a corner with a few windows with a sign saying "visa on arrival". There may be nobody here, and you may have to wait around for staff members to arrive, or for staff members to start doing something.
First, you should fill in the visa on arrival form.
Then you should go to the Bangladesh visa on arrival payment desk.
You then pay and get a receipt, then turn to the visa application and collection desk.
There are not that many windows and staff, but there is also not likely to be that many tourists, and even less attempting to get the visa on arrival.
Once you've filled in the application and paid, you will get your Bangladesh visa on arrival stamp.
The following countries are eligible for a Bangladesh visa on arrival:
As of March 2019 for British passport holders, the Bangladesh Visa on Arrival was 51USD.
If you wish to get a Bangladesh visa in advance, you can apply to online Bangladesh visa services.
For this, you will need to provide visa documents and passport scans, and it may be more expensive than getting the Bangladesh visa on arrival if you are eligible.
There have been reports of a few people having issues. If you can get a visa before departure without much hassle, this is recommended.
"Transit and entry is refused to Israeli passports holders due to the lack of any diplomatic relationship between Bangladesh and Israel.
However, an exception is made for Palestinians who hold Israeli passports."
There are also some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors to and foreign residents of Bangladesh.
(Please verify this with the Bangladesh Embassy nearest to you).