Bangladesh visa on arrival: who can get, rules, and fees

Details on how to get Bangladesh visa on arrival, who can get it, and what are the rules and fees.

Update: 31 August, 2015: It is now possible to get Bangladesh visa on arrival on the land ports too beside the international airports. This article has been updated accordingly.

Citizens of most countries require a valid visa to enter Bangladesh. You can take Bangladesh visa from your country of origin, or the country you are coming from to Bangladesh. Also there is an option for getting Bangladesh Visa on Arrival (VOA) from the international airports in Bangladesh and all the land ports. Bangladesh government has eased it’s visa policy and introduced the Visa on Arrival (VOA) to ease coming of foreigners here for tourism and business purpose.

Where is Bangladesh Visa on Arrival provided?

You can get visa on arrival on all the international airports. Also from the recent change in the visa policy, it is now possible to get on arrival visa from the land borders too.

Duration of Bangladesh visa on arrival

You can get a visa on arrival for a maximum duration of 30 days, which is expandable once you are inside Bangladesh by applying to the Department of Immigration Authority.

Entry type of Bangladesh visa on arrival

Visa on arrival provided in the international airports is single entry only. You can not get any multiple entry visa on arrival.

Who are eligible to get Bangladesh visa on arrival?
  • The nationals of those countries where there is no diplomatic mission of Bangladesh may be granted visa on arrival after examining the genuineness of their visit.
  • If any foreign national arrives in Bangladesh from a country other than his/her own country where there is no mission of Bangladesh, may be issued visa on arrival.
  • On the basis of invitation letters of interested/required body being attested by the Board of Investment/BEPZA, the foreign investors/businessmen may be allowed to issue visa on arrival. In this case, interested/inviting organization must inform in advance the arrival of the foreign visitor(s) to the immigration and passport authority.
  • Only for the purpose of official duty, business, investment, and tourism, citizens arriving from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Russian Federation, China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, UAE, Saudi Arabia (KSA), Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and the countries of Europe may issue visa on arrival after examining and being satisfied by the immigration authority at the Airports and Land Ports.
  • Bangladeshi origin foreign citizens, their spouses, and their off-springs may be issued visa on arrival, on the proof of their being Bangladeshi origin.
  • The staffs/officials of the foreign Missions, UN or its affiliated organizations located in Bangladesh may be issued visa on arrival after examining their appointment letters or other related documents. Only UN passport holders will get such facilities gratis (free of charge).

What are the requirements for getting Bangladesh visa on arrival?
  • Visa fees are to be paid in foreign currencies (USD/GBP/EURO).
  • Visitor must possess minimum USD 500 or its equivalent amount of foreign currency in cash or credit card.
  • Visitors must have return ticket.
  • Must have necessary documents to justify his/her visit.
  • No visa fee will be applicable for the visitors from these countries which are exempted from visa fee.
  • On arrival visa fee will be applicable on the basis of reciprocity only.
  • The concerned intelligence agency must collect complete information of visitors to take necessary action. The immigration authority at Airports and Land Ports will send a monthly report on this issue to the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Department of Immigration and Passports.
  • Visa on arrival shall be issued only after being satisfied about the purpose of visit. In case of foreign military or defense forces, prior approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs must be taken.

Bangladesh visa on arrival fees

Fees for all type of visa from Bangladesh could be found here. These are the fees people from different countries has been paid for Bangladesh visa on arrival, including the name of the person who reported it:

  • England – $50 USD – Mr. Steven Bailey (December, 2014)
  • Ireland – $51 USD – Mr. James Galvin (June, 2015)
  • Netherlands – $51 USD – Mr. Simon Hinrik (June, 2015)
  • Australia – $51 USD – Ms. Anne Thorpe (February, 2017)

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Bangladesh visa on arrival tips

Some useful tips from the travelers who got Bangladesh visa on arrival before:

  • Just as you enter the immigration hall, the VOA desk is on the right, before all the long queues in front of you at the desks. You pay the man in the bank booth, get a receipt, then fill out the form that the officer will give you.
  • Make sure you have an address where you’ll be staying. They are very strict about that. Even if you don’t stay there, choose a well know hotel where foreigners normally stay. A phone number is needed too. No need for a photograph.
  • The bank is about the first thing you see on the right just as you enter the building in a little cubbyhole. It saves a step just to get the payslip there on the way.
  • There should be no problem at all obtaining a visa on arrival. It will cost you 51 USD in cash and it is valid for up to 30 days. You request how long you would like it for.
  • Once you have the visa, use the queue at the far left to pass through immigration. It’s the desk for airline crew and diplomats. No need to queue again under the VOA sign.

Bangladesh visa on arrival experiences

These are the experiences of people from different countries who got Bangladesh visa on arrival:

We got a VOA as it was cheaper and easier than getting it before we traveled. At Dhaka airport it was a simple process. We got off the plane, went straight to a little desk where a man sat, presented our British passports and filled out a form requesting the address of the hotel we were staying at. (We did not have to provide documents confirming this booking or our length of stay at this hotel). He asked how long we were staying in Bangladesh (3 weeks) then stamped a visa authorization form and told us to take it to the window beside him (3 steps away) where a man took the paper and asked for $50 each. (I don’t think you can pay in GBP). He stamped a separate piece of paper with a visa stamp and sent us to passport control where we showed the paper and went through. Our passports were never stamped. The whole process took about 15 minutes.

There was not a queue for the visa as we were the only 2 people on the plane that needed one. I could imagine if a whole load of people turned up on one flight needing visas, it would be chaos as there is only one desk.

– Steve Bailey, England
December 2014

Update: 01 November, 2016

An insider fact about Bangladesh visa on arrival

Probably the fact about which most people get confused about getting on arrival visa for Bangladesh is the clause that says “people who are eligible to get a Bangladesh visa on arrival, if coming from a country where there is a Bangladesh mission, will not get the Bangladesh visa on arrival. Instead they MUST apply on that country for a Bangladesh visa before arriving in Bangladesh.” If you contact the nearby Bangladesh mission, they will remind you about this clause and will advise you to apply for the visa before arriving in Bangladesh.

Seeing so many people getting confused regarding this clause about Bangladesh visa on arrival every day, and getting so many comments on this post and emails regarding this, I am adding this insider information today in this post on their rescue. Although it is official rule that you must apply for a visa beforehand if the country you are coming from has a Bangladesh mission, the true fact is, Bangladeshi immigration officers are so hospitable, they NEVER bother to check where you are coming from!

If you are from the above listed country who are eligible to get a Bangladesh visa on arrival, you can come to this country without any tension and get your Bangladesh visa on arrival. They will just check if you have a passport of the above listed country who are eligible to get a Bangladesh visa on arrival – NOTHING ELSE! Now, I am not any official to guarantee you that you will get a visa on arrival in Bangladesh, and it is always safe to get a Bangladesh visa before you arrive here, but this is the insider fact which we see day in day out with most of the people who travel Bangladesh with us. Have a nice trip to Bangladesh! 🙂

Have you got a Bangladesh visa on arrival recently? How was your experience? Which nationality you have and how much did the visa cost you? Please share with us here on comments which will help others to know about Bangladesh visa on arrival. Interested on getting Bangladesh visa on arrival in the land border? Check out this article: How to get Bangladesh overland visa on arrival in Indian border

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  1. Hello,
    I am french citizen, Want to visit Bangladesh coming from Hong Kong.
    Can i apply for visa on arrival?


  2. Dear Raw,

    I am a Syrian national residing Malaysia for more than 3 years.
    I would love to come to Dhaka to meet a friend for 4 to 5 days.
    Am I eligible to get a Visa on Arrival or should obtain a visa from Bangladesh Embassy in Kuala Lumpur?
    Knowing the fact that I am on Student Pass yet.

  3. Hellow…I am nepali and I am in kalkatta right now…so its not possible to go nepal and apply for bangledesh visa so I want to come bangledesh from nearest boarder…so plz suggest me what should I have to do to come bangledesh from boarder?

    • You should apply in the nearest embassy at India, as you are not eligible to get VOA on land or even by air. Thanks!

      • for your kind information, nepalese get VOA on air. not sure about land

  4. Hi
    I will visit dahka for 6 days only . Do you think I can get VOA . I am from Saudia ArabIA .
    ( tourist Visa )
    Thank you very much .

    • You need to take visa at home. VOA is not applicable for Saudi Arabians. Thanks!

      • Latest update of visa policy for VOA. Please check for kind information here

        (c) Only for the purpose of official duty, business, investment and tourism citizens arriving from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Russian Federation, China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, UAE, Saudi Arabia (KSA), Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and the countries of Europe may issue visa on arrival after examining and being satisfied by the immigration authority at the Airports and Land Ports.

        • That is a great news that it is now possible to get the VOA on land ports too! Thanks for sharing the great news!! 🙂

  5. What is the cost for a VOA ? Traveling from Canada to Bangladesh with a Canadian Passport. Very URgent.

    Thanks you

  6. Hello Raw Hasan,

    I knew, the travelers from Sri Lanka can get VOA at Shahjalal Airport, Dhaka. But to my horror, dismay when I arrived at Shahjalal Airport, I was refused VOA and I was deported…what an embarrassment.

    What is the latest policy?

    • Really sorry to hear that, but I am afraid there was no recent change in the VOA policy.

  7. Hello. Am a nigeriqn attending an international meeting in bangladesh. Was given a letter to apply for VOA by the local organisers. Do u think this is possible though we don’t have the embassy in my country. Then hw much is d visa.

    • As far as I know, Nigerians are not eligible to get a visa on arrival. You need to apply for the visa at home or a neighboring country. But as there is no embassy of Bangladesh at Nigeria, you can call in our immigration office to be sure what you need to do. Thanks!

  8. Hi, I am a Singapore citizen wanting to visit Dhaka for the cricket test match, can I get VOA and what docs necessary, will itinerary and hotel confirmed reservation suffice as I have no other contacts in BD. Hoping to hear from you soon.

    • Hotel reservation and itinerary should be fine for you to get the VOA. Share your experience with us here once you get the visa.

  9. Hi,

    I am a Singaporean visiting Dhaka and will be requiring VOA. Application of visa at the embassy of Bangladesh in Singapore will take 4 days and i will not be able to make it on time for the urgent meeting.

    I have all the necessary invitation letter, trade certificate and income tax certificate from my associate in Bangladesh. On top of that, my hotel confirmation and return ticket information.

    Will there be any problem for me to get VOA? Do i have to have USD500 cash on hand or a credit card will be sufficient? (if credit card will do, how should i let them know i have more than USD500 limit)

    Thanks in advance for your advice.

    • You should get the VOA. Cash is always better. Don’t forget to share your experience with us here once you get your visa. Best of luck!

  10. Hi Raw.

    I am a Canadian citizen will be coming to Dhaka from Dubai for 3 days . Can I get a VOA. I was not able to get one in time from Ottawa. I live in Toronto and was previously a Bangladeshi citizen,currently I carry a Canadian passport. Appreciate you help.

    • Yes, you are eligable to get a VOA if you have your Canadian passport with you. Don’t forget to share your experience with us here after you get your visa. Thanks!

  11. Hi Raw;

    I am going to open an office in Dhaka, and would like to stay in Bangladesh to manage it, probably almost a year in total, but never more than 3 months. What do you recommend? I also need to look for an apartment. I am coming from Sweden.

    Thanks in advance

    • VOA is for not more than 30 days, and does not mean for business travelers. You should apply for a multiple entry business visa. Thanks!

  12. Hi Raw,
    UK passport so VOA should not be problem.
    However, I want to leave overland by train or bus to Kolkota.
    My question is to get Visa on arrival, do I need a plane ticket out of Bangladesh?
    Best Wishes

    • Not sure about that. But there is no restriction now as like before – coming by air and leaving by land ports.

  13. Hi Raw Hasan,
    Firstly, thank you so much for helping everyone with their visa answers! I for one, greatly appreciate your help. I will be flying into Chittagong Airport from Bangkok this week. I assume, from your replies above, getting a VOA will be no trouble? We are 1 Australian and one Englishman. Will it be a problem considering the busy time of EID etc?

    Thanks again!

  14. Hi Raw,

    I am an Australian citizen and want to travel soon to Dhaka as a tourist for a 6 day holiday.

    Can I get VOA or do I have to get a visa from the Bangladesh embassy in Australia?


    • Although you are eligible to get VOA, it is always better to get the visa at home, as VOA is only for people who are coming from a country where there is no Bangladesh mission. Thanks!

  15. Hi Raw
    A little help with this VOA thing please.
    I’m travelling on a New Zealand passport and coming from the UK to Bangladesh.
    Could I get a VOA or will I have to obtain one in the UK before hand??
    Many thanks in advance for your advice and if you can direct to the apporiate website thats states this??


  16. I am visiting Chittagong on 13th December via dhaka and was just wanting to know how easy it is to get an on arrival visa and how much it will cost, as it is a bit of a pain getting a visa in the UK as I don’t live in london.

    • VOA is easy to get in Bangladesh – just require 10 minutes if there is no long Que. It should cost $51 USD. However, you should get the visa at home as suggested, as you are eligable to get VOA only if coming from a country where there is no Bangladesh mission which is not true in your case, although they overlook the rule.

  17. Hello, I am a US citizen with a US passport. I’ll be backpacking around India for a few weeks and I want to continue my trip to Bangladesh. I am planning on taking a train from Kolkata to Dhaka via The Maitree express. I know visitors can receive VOA on the land ports but I’m not sure if its possible to get a VOA if i’m arriving from India? Thank you,

  18. Hello Raw,
    We’re Germans and want to spend 3 weeks holiday in November in BGD. WE would like to get our visa at the airport, is this ok? How many photos do I need? Or none?
    My husband has to wait for his new passport too long, so we couldn’t do it before at the embassy I’m afraid. VOA for Germans is ok??
    Thanks so much in advance, Anya

  19. We have one australian and one canadian passport holder will visit Dhaka from Hong Kong for business purposes. However, it’s not able to apply the visa in advance in Hong Kong due to the traveller have business trip outside of Hong Kong.

    Is it possible to apply visa on arrival?

  20. My brother has to attend a conference on 12-14th November. he is an Indian passport holder. Does he have to apply for a visa now? Isn’t VOA applicable for him

    • Where do you read in this article that Indians can get VOA?

    • Dear Pinky,

      Indians need to get a pre-stamped MRV (Machine Readable Visa) before traveling to Bangladesh. Your brother should go to the Bangladesh HC or any of its offices in different cities. You may find one in Kolkata too.
      And the best thing is that there is no Visa fee for the Indians traveling to Bangladesh.

  21. I am British hoping to travel from Bangkok to Dhaka am I eligible for voa and can I leave from an overland border crossing with India. Thanks for the advice

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