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Do I Need a Visa for Bangladesh? 
Bangladesh Visa Exempt Countries
Bangladesh Visa On Arrival
How Much is the Bangladesh Visa? 
How to Apply for a Bangladesh Visa
Bangladesh Visa Restrictions


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! 

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Do I Need a Visa for Bangladesh? 

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. 

Bangladesh Visa Exempt Countries

23 countries are exempt from Bangladesh visa requirements. 

The following countries do not need a Bangladesh visa to go to Bangladesh: 

  • Barbados
  • Bhutan
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Fiji
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Jamaica
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Samoa
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Zambia
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Bangladesh Visa on Arrival

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. 

Bangladesh Visa Requirements:
  • Passports must be valid for six months beyond your planned stay in Bangladesh.
  • Passports must have at least one blank page.
  • You must possess an onward or return ticket.

The following countries are eligible for a Bangladesh visa on arrival:

  • All European Union countries
  • Australia
  • Bahrain
  • Canada
  • China
  • Iceland
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Liechtenstein
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

How Much is the Bangladesh Visa? 

As of March 2019 for British passport holders, the Bangladesh Visa on Arrival was 51USD.

How to Apply for a Bangladesh Visa

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. 

Bangladesh Visa Restrictions

"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). 


Further reading:
5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Bangladesh
Bangladesh Travel Itinerary 

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Zoe Stephens

Zoe is the marketing manager and a tour leader at Koryo Tours.

Her love of meeting new people and exploring new cultures has led her to study several languages including German, Japanese, and Chinese. Having lived in several different countries across 4 continents, she often writes about languages and culture in her blogs and is very active on social media. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she was 'stuck' in Tonga for 1.5 years after a weekend away. Ask her for some stories! 

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