Latest Travel Rules to Bangladesh

Despite being one of the highly densely populated countries in the world, Bangladesh has done quite well managing the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of death officially reported is under 9,000 as of March 30, 2021, despite having a large population of about 163 million.

Life inside Bangladesh has become quite normal after the initial lockdowns, but the cases started to rise sharply in March, which made the government set stricter restrictions. In this article, you’ll find the latest Covid-19 situation in Bangladesh, which is updated regularly as new rules are introduced by the government.

This article has been updated on April 14, 2021, based on the Covid-19 restrictions of the Bangladesh government by issuing the latest circulars on April 12, 2021.

Lockdown in Bangladesh

A countrywide lockdown for one week has been placed in Bangladesh for April 14-21, 2021 for the second time, after the initial lockdown in April 5-11, 2021, which was extended until April 14, 2021 later.

All public transport services (roads, waterways, railway, domestic and international flights) will remain suspended. This directive will not be applicable to goods-laden vehicles, production systems, and emergency services. None can go out of the home during this time except for emergencies (medicine and daily essentials, treatment and burial/cremation, etc.).

Only the sale and supply of foods (takeaway/online) can be operated by restaurants from 12.00 pm to 7.00 pm and 12.00 am to 6.00 am. All shops, including shopping malls, will remain closed. Legal action will be taken if anyone violates these directives.

All international flights will be suspended during this period.

Can I travel to Bangladesh now?

Based on the notice issued by Bangladesh Civil Aviation Authority on March 31, 2021, passengers from every country in Europe except the UK, Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Chile, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Peru, Qatar, South Africa, Turkey, Uruguay will not be allowed to enter Bangladesh during April 3-18, 2021. Only the transit passengers from these countries can enter Bangladesh during this period.

Passengers from all other countries with an advance visa and Bangladeshi citizens can travel to Bangladesh right now. Bangladesh is currently issuing an advance business visa only. Advance tourist visa and all kinds of on-arrival visa is currently postponed.

What are the entry requirements in Bangladesh during covid-19?

Irrespective of the Covid-19 vaccination, all passengers coming to Bangladesh shall mandatorily possess and show a ‘PCR based Covid-19 negative certificate‘ during departure from the origin and on arrival at the Airport. The PCR test shall be done within 72 hours of the flight departure time.

We are open

Despite the pandemic, we are open and organizing tours in Bangladesh regularly. We can organize a tour for you anytime after April 28, 2021, if you are currently in Bangladesh, or can arrive with a PCR test report and an advance visa.

We'll be running two Sundarbans Safari Tour every month from October 2021 to April 2022. Also can organize any tour on a private basis anytime outside the schedule.

Seats are limited on our scheduled tours. We'll take a maximum of 5 travelers in each group. The first two travelers to join any scheduled tour together, six months in advance, will get a $50 US per person early bird discount.

Check out our full schedule here and secure your place! You can find the latest Covid-19 travel rules for Bangladesh here.

What are the quarantine rules for international passengers in Bangladesh?

Quarantine Rules for the Passengers without any Covid-19 Symptoms

If no Covid-19 symptoms are found on-arrival health checks, passengers shall strictly have to complete a 14 days home quarantine.

Quarantine Rules for the Passengers with Covid-19 Symptoms

If any Covid-19 symptoms are detected/observed, the passenger shall have to complete a mandatory 14 (fourteen) days quarantine at government facilities at the passenger’s own expense.

Quarantine Rules for the Transit Passengers from the Allowed Countries

Passengers who are from outside the list of the banned countries mentioned above, if they went outside the transit area on the way, have to obtain a ‘fresh PCR based Covid-19 negative certificate‘ before boarding the flight toward Bangladesh, as their current certificate will be invalid.

They have to complete a mandatory 4 (four) days of institutional quarantine at government facilities or government-approved hotels at their own expense. Upon completion of the quarantine period, the Covid-19 PCR test will be carried out, and the passenger will be released if the test result is negative. They then have to do 10 (ten) more days of home quarantine.

Covid-19 notice from Bangladesh Civil Aviation Authority on March 31, 2021
Covid-19 notice from Bangladesh Civil Aviation Authority on March 31, 2021

Covid-19 notice from Bangladesh Civil Aviation Authority on March 31, 2021

Visitors at Sonargaon Museum in Bangladesh on March 6, 2021

Visitors at Sonargaon Museum in Bangladesh on March 6, 2021. © Photo Credit: Raw Hasan.

What are the travel restrictions in Bangladesh during covid-19?

Taking the sharp rise in Covid-19 cases into consideration, the Bangladesh government issued fresh restrictions on travel inside Bangladesh on March 29, 2021, which will be applicable for the next two weeks, effective immediately. Highlights of the restrictions are as follows.

Restrictions in Bangladesh for Traveling Outside During Covid-19

According to the new restrictions, going out after 10 pm without any emergency will be controlled; optional gatherings must be prohibited.

Legal action will be taken if a mask is not worn and other hygiene rules are violated when outside.

Travel Restrictions in Bangladesh for the Public Transports During Covid-19

All public transport services (roads, waterways, railway, and domestic flights) will remain suspended during the lockdown on April 5-11, 2021. The below rules will be applicable outside the lockdown period.

According to the notice issued, buses and trains cannot carry passengers over 50 percent of their capacity.

Bangladesh railway has already started to implement the restriction on March 30, 2021. But the result of it will be noticeable before a week as advance tickets are already sold.

A 60 percent hike in bus fare will come into effect from March 31, 2021, according to Road Transport and Bridges Minister, because them carrying 50% of passengers.

Travel Restrictions in Bangladesh for the Hotels & Restaurants During Covid-19

All restaurants will be closed for the dine-in customers during the lockdown on April 5-11, 2021. They will accept only take-away orders during this period. The below rules will be applicable outside the lockdown period.

According to the latest restrictions, hotels and restaurants can serve only up to 50 percent of the customers they can accommodate.

Travel Restrictions in Bangladesh for the Tourist Attractions During Covid-19

According to the new restrictions, gatherings have to be limited in tourist attractions and entertainment venues, cinemas, and theatre halls.

Most of the tourist sites in Bangladesh will remain closed until April 15, 2021, based on the decisions taken separately by the local administrations.

Notice from Bangladesh Prime Minister's Office on March 29, 2021
Notice from Bangladesh Prime Minister's Office on March 29, 2021

Covid-19 notice from Bangladesh Prime Minister's Office on March 29, 2021

Have you visited Bangladesh during the Covid-19 pandemic recently? How was your experience? Please share with us in the comments, which will help others to know more about the latest Covid-19 situation in Bangladesh.

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