Bangladesh might not be on most people’s top list of tourist destinations, but this greenery-filled South Asian country can hold its own. Despite the fact it is one of the poorest countries in the world, Bangladesh is filled with natural beauty and wildlife, as well as old cities and architecture.

To visit Bangladesh, citizens of most countries in the world will have to apply for a Bangladesh visa. There is, however, certain countries whose nationals are eligible to enter without a visa, as well as others who can get a Bangladesh Visa On Arrival.

This article is aimed at detailing the Bangladesh Visa: the types of visas, the application process, required documents, visa fees, and other commonly-asked questions.

What are the types of Visas for Bangladesh?

The most common categories of visas for Bangladesh are as follows:

  • Bangladesh Tourist Visa, issued to foreigners entering the country simply for tourism purposes.
  • Bangladesh Business Visa, for foreigners entering the country for business-related purposes. An invitation letter from a company in Bangladesh is usually required.
  • Bangladesh Journalist Visa, for foreign journalists traveling temporarily for their work.
  • Diplomatic/Governmental Visa, for officials who are traveling for diplomatic and governmental purposes.
  • Bangladesh Research Visa, for foreigners participating in a research, training, or Internship program in a government-approved organization in Bangladesh.
  • Bangladesh Transit Visa, for foreigners who will change flights in a Bangladesh airport. This type of visa is valid for a maximum of 72 hours.

Additionally, there are also other types of visas for Bangladesh for a longer period of time, including:

  • Bangladesh Employment Visa, for foreigners who have found employment in Bangladesh
  • Bangladesh Student Visa, for foreigners who want to study in an educational institution in Bangladesh

Foreigners who want to stay in Bangladesh for longer than 1-2 months have to register their stay with the Immigration & Passport Office in Dhaka.

Family members of Bangladeshi citizens (spouse and children) don’t need a visa – they qualify for the No Visa Required stamp (see below).

Bangladesh Visa Requirements

When you apply for a Bangladesh visa, you need to have several documents which support the purpose of your visit, such as:

  • The printed Bangladesh Visa application form
  • Your passport, which is valid for at least six more months
  • Passport-size pictures taken in front of a white background
  • Proof of payment of the Bangladesh visa fee (check the payment requirements of the Bangladesh diplomatic mission where you’re applying)
  • For Bangladesh Tourist Visa:
    • Flight itinerary
    • Hotel reservation or a letter of invitation from a host along with their passport
  • For Bangladesh Business Visa:
    • Letter from your employer
    • Letter of Invitation from the company hosting you in Bangladesh
  • For Bangladesh Investor Visa: A Letter of Recommendation from BOI/BEPZA
  • For Bangladesh Researcher Visa:
    • A Letter of Recommendation from the relevant Bangladesh Ministry
    • A letter from your institution in your home country
    • Letter of invitation from the institution in Bangladesh
  • For Bangladesh Governmental/Diplomatic Visa: A Note Verbale
  • For Bangladesh Journalist Visa:
    • FF-1 and FF-2 application forms, completed
    • List of the equipment you will take to Bangladesh with you
  • For Bangladesh Student Visa:
    • Letter of enrollment in your university
    • Proof of financial solvency (bank statements)
  • For Bangladesh Employment Visa:
    • Letter from your employer in Bangladesh
    • A Letter of Recommendation from BEPZA/BOI
  • For Bangladesh Family Visa: Proof of family relations

Note on Bangladesh visa requirements:

The required documents can change from one country to the other, so make sure to ask the specific embassy in which you’re applying to provide you with the list of documents you need.

If you’re eligible for a Bangladesh Visa On Arrival, bring the relevant documents with you when you travel.

Can you get a Bangladesh Visa Online?

No, you cannot get a Bangladesh Visa entirely online. The online visa for Bangladesh merely refers to completing the Bangladesh Visa Application Form.

You have to complete the application form online, after which, you have to submit it in person at a Bangladesh representative office and apply for the visa there.

Who needs a Bangladesh Visa?

Everyone who is not from one of the following countries needs to apply for a Bangladesh visa:

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

How to apply for a Bangladesh Visa?

The application process for a Bangladesh visa is as follows:

  • Complete and print the online application form
  • Submit the form at a Bangladesh diplomatic mission

Completing the Bangladesh visa online application form

To start the process of applying for a Bangladesh visa, you first have to complete the online application form (here).

The Bangladesh visa online application is divided into several sections.

  • Section 1: Your personal information, nationality, name, address where you will stay in Bangladesh, passport number, sex, and occupation. You also have to attach a picture of yourself with the following dimensions: 45mm x 35mm, 300KB maximum size, however, that is optional.
  • Section 2: Choose the type of application you are making. Assuming you’re applying for a new visa, select “New Visa Application”. Click “Save and Next”, and you will be redirected to a new tab where you will receive your password and log-on application ID. Do not lose these!
  • Section 3: Enter your passport information and whether you have visited Bangladesh previously.
  • Section 4: Visa fee payment information
  • Section 5: Information regarding your purpose of travel to Bangladesh and the duration of your visit
  • Section 6: Choosing the Bangladeshi diplomatic mission where you want to receive your visa.
  • Section 7: This section includes a document checklist, wherein you have to tick and enter the documents you have

After completing the online application, you can print the visa application form, gather the necessary documents and submit them.

If you cannot finish the application in one sitting, you can save it and finish later. The server will keep your incomplete Visa Application for 7 days. After 7 days, it will be lost and you have to start over.

Submitting the application at a Bangladesh diplomatic mission

At the end of the online visa application, you will receive the address of the diplomatic mission where you can submit your completed Bangladesh visa application.

You will also receive the mission’s address and contact information, so you can contact them to inquire about their specific submission rules.

Some diplomatic missions may allow you to apply via mail, but if you are going to apply in person, you must make an appointment.

Note:

If there is no diplomatic mission where you live, see whether there is a visa application center handling Bangladesh visa applications. If there is not, you may have to apply for a Bangladesh Visa On Arrival instead.

Bangladesh Visa Processing Time

The processing time for a Bangladesh visa depends on the specific embassy. Usually, a regular tourist visa is processed with 1-2 weeks, but may take up to a month, depending on the circumstances.

If you’re applying by post, take into account the time it will take for your documents to be delivered and then sent back to you.

As such, you should start applying for a Bangladesh visa 1-2 months before you intend to travel.

What is a Bangladesh Visa On Arrival (Landing Permit) and who is eligible?

The Bangladesh Visa On Arrival (VOA) is a type of Bangladesh visa which you apply for only after you have already arrived in Bangladesh. However, being eligible for a VOA does not mean that you are automatically granted permission to enter the country.

Whether or not you can enter Bangladesh is up to the immigration officers at the point of entry to decide after they examine your documents. There are many cases where applicants were turned back because they were deemed ineligible to receive the visa.

If granted, the Bangladesh Visa On Arrival is valid for a maximum of 30 days.

Eligibility for a Bangladesh Visa On Arrival

You can get a Bangladesh Visa On Arrival if you fall under one of the following categories:

  • You live in a country where there is no Bangladesh diplomatic mission
  • You are an investor or businessman and you have a letter of invitation from an organization in Bangladesh. The letter has to be attested by the Board of Investment (BEPZA).
  • You are traveling to attend a conference, event, or symposium which is organized by the government of Bangladesh. You must have authorization from the relevant authority in Bangladesh, such as BOI, BEPZA, BGMEA, FBCCI, or the relevant Ministry.
  • You are an official from a foreign Mission, the UN, or one of its affiliated organizations, and you have the appropriate appointment letter.
  • You are from one of the countries listed below and you are traveling for tourism, business, investment, or an official duty:
One of the European Union countries Australia Bahrain Canada China
Iceland Japan Kuwait Liechtenstein Malaysia
New Zealand Norway Oman Qatar Russia
Saudi Arabia Singapore South Korea Switzerland The United Arab Emirates
The United States

 

How to apply for Bangladesh Visa On Arrival?

You have to apply for a Bangladesh Visa On Arrival once you arrive in the country. However, before that, you have to complete the Bangladesh visa online application form. The process is similar to a normal visa application, (as described above), but instead of selecting “New Visa Application”, select “Visa On Arrival”.

Additionally, for a VOA, you also have to state the point through which you will enter Bangladesh and whether you’re traveling by air, land, or sea.

Then, you can gather documents attesting to your purpose of travel and present them to the immigration officers upon arrival.

Note on Bangladesh Visa On Arrival:

Despite being eligible for a Bangladesh Visa On Arrival, many foreigners still choose to obtain one beforehand. That’s because it is not guaranteed that you will receive the visa, even though you have traveled there already.

You have to “apply” for A Bangladesh Visa On Arrival as well, meaning you must have documents attesting to your purpose of travel with you when you arrive. The immigration officers will evaluate them and decide whether to grant you entry. One of the requirements for the Bangladesh Visa On Arrival is proving you have enough funds to sustain yourself financially.

If you do not have the necessary documents (or if the immigration officers do not find them satisfactory), you will not receive the visa and you will have to turn back.

How long is a Bangladesh Visa valid?

The validity of a Bangladesh visa depends on the embassy in which you apply. However, visas are usually issued for up to 2 months, for single or multiple entries. If you overstay your visa, you have to pay a fine of BDT 200 per day for every day you have overstayed.

If you overstay for more than 15 days, the fee is BDT 500 per day.

Can you extend a Bangladesh Visa?

Yes, you can. To apply for a Bangladesh Visa extension, you first need to complete an online application (here) and then visit the Immigration & Passport Office in Dhaka and pay the necessary fee.

Who is eligible for the Bangladesh “No Visa Required” stamp?

You are eligible to receive the “No Visa Required to enter Bangladesh” stamp on your passport if you fall under one of the following categories:

  • You are a former Bangladeshi citizen
  • You are the spouse of a Bangladeshi citizen/former Bangladeshi citizen
  • You are the foreign-born child of a Bangladeshi citizen/former Bangladeshi citizen

You can apply for the Bangladesh “No Visa Required” stamp at a diplomatic mission of Bangladesh. If you receive it, the NVR stamp allows you to enter Bangladesh multiple times, for an unlimited duration as long as your passport is still valid.

When applying as a former Bangladeshi citizen, you will need the following documents:

  • Application form for Bangladesh NVR (downloaded online)
  • Passport-size pictures
  • Your current foreign passport, valid for at least six more months
  • A copy of your former Bangladeshi passport
  • A copy of your Dual Citizenship Certificate (if applicable)
  • Paid processing fee
  • If you’re mailing the documents, include a pre-paid and self-addressed envelope

When applying as the spouse of a Bangladeshi citizen/former Bangladeshi citizen, you will need the following documents:

  • Application form for Bangladesh NVR (downloaded online)
  • Passport-size pictures
  • Your passport, valid for at least six more months
  • Copy of your marriage certificate
  • Copy of your spouse’s former or current Bangladeshi passport (as applicable)
  • Copy of your spouse’s Dual Citizenship Certificate (if applicable)
  • Paid processing fee
  • If you’re mailing the documents, include a pre-paid and self-addressed envelope

When applying as the foreign-born child of a Bangladeshi citizen/former Bangladeshi citizen, you will need the following documents:

  • Application form for Bangladesh NVR (downloaded online)
  • Passport-size pictures
  • Your passport, valid for at least six more months
  • Copy of your birth certificate, showing your parents’ names
  • Copy of your parent’s former or current Bangladeshi passport (as applicable)
  • Copy of your parent’s Dual Citizenship Certificate (if applicable)

If your passport with the No Visa Required stamp expires, you can apply to transfer the NVR into your new passport.

How Can I Visit Bangladesh as a US Citizen?

US citizens are eligible to receive a Bangladesh Visa On Arrival when they are traveling for tourism, business, investment, or for an official assignment. This means you don’t have to apply for a visa before you travel. Technically, you can apply for a Bangladesh visa and get it at the point of entry.

However, the downside to this method is that you have to travel all the way to Bangladesh, but you are still not guaranteed that you will be allowed to enter.

The US governmental authorities advise their citizens to apply for a Bangladesh visa before they travel.

If you want to get a visa to Bangladesh from inside the US, you have to apply to the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington D.C. or the Consulate General of Bangladesh in New York.

How Can I Visit Bangladesh as an Indian Citizen?

To get a Bangladesh visa as an Indian citizen, you have to apply to the Bangladesh High Commission in New Dehli, following the same application procedure as described above. So, you have to:

  • Complete the online visa application form and print it. You can complete the form here.
  • Submit the application and required documents at the Bangladesh High Commission in New Dehli.

A Bangladeshi visa for Indians is free of charge, meaning you do not have to pay a visa fee.

Bangladesh Visa Fees

The fees for Bangladesh visas change from country to country. The current visa fees, as announced by the Bangladesh Government, are:

Country Currency Bangladesh visa fee for single-entry visa Bangladesh visa fee for double-entry visa Bangladesh visa fee for multiple-entry visa
Afghanistan USD 70 100 130
Albania USD 2 2 3
Algeria USD 1 1 2
American Samoa USD 0 0 0
Andorra USD 0 0 0
Angola USD 11 11 22
Anguilla USD 0 0 0
Antartica USD 0 0 0
Antigua and Barbuda USD 0 0 0
Argentina CAD 24 24 48
Armenia USD 30 30 200
Aruba USD 0 0 0
Australia AUD 150 150 150
Austria USD 39 39 71
Azerbaijan USD 40 250 250
Bahamas USD 5 5 10
Bahrain USD 66 66 132
Bangladesh USD 0 0 0
Barbados USD 0 0 0
Belarus USD 60 60 120
Belgium USD 41 41 51
Belize USD 25 25 37
Benin USD 5 5 10
Bermuda USD 0 0 0
Bhutan USD 0 0 0
Bolivia USD 5 5 10
Bosnia and Herzegowina USD 6 6 12
Botswana USD 0 0 0
Bouvet Island USD 0 0 0
Brazil USD 10 10 30
British Indian Ocean Territory USD 0 0 0
Brunei Darussalam USD 6 6 11
Bulgaria USD 56 56 76
Burkina Faso USD 0 0 0
Burundi USD 5 5 10
Cambodia USD 25 25 25
Cameroon USD 50 50 50
Canada BDT 3300 3300 6600
Cape Verde USD 0 0 0
Cayman Islands USD 0 0 0
Central African Republic USD 5 5 10
Chad USD 5 5 10
Chile USD 10 10 30
China USD 14 27 70
Christmas Island USD 0 0 0
Cocos (Keeling) Islands USD 0 0 0
Colombia USD 40 40 175
Comoros USD 5 5 10
Congo, Democratic Republic (Zaire) USD 5 5 10
Congo, People’s Republic USD 0 0 0
Cook Islands USD 0 0 0
Costa Rica USD 15 15 30
Cote D’Ivoire USD 25 25 25
Croatia (Hrvatska) USD 25 25 50
Cuba USD 66 0 0
Cyprus USD 5 5 10
Czech Republic USD 21 21 41
Denmark USD 28 28 28
Djibouti USD 5 5 10
Dominica USD 0 0 0
Dominican Republic USD 5 5 10
East Timor USD 0 0 0
Ecuador USD 0 0 0
Egypt USD 29 29 57
El Salvador USD 5 5 10
Equatorial Guinea USD 0 0 0
Eritrea USD 5 5 10
Estonia USD 10 10 20
Ethiopia USD 50 8 70
Falkland Islands (Malvinas) USD 0 0 0
Faroe Islands USD 0 0 0
Fiji USD 0 0 0
Finland USD 35 40 57
France USD 33 33 105
French Guiana USD 0 0 0
French Polynesia USD 0 0 0
French Southern and Antarctic Lands USD 0 0 0
Gabon USD 0 0 0
Gambia USD 0 0 0
Georgia USD 0 0 0
Germany USD 15 15 30
Ghana USD 50 50 100
Gibraltar USD 0 0 0
Greece USD 14 14 28
Greenland USD 0 0 0
Grenada USD 0 0 0
Guadeloupe USD 0 0 0
Guam USD 0 0 0
Guatemala USD 12 12 24
Guernsey USD 0 0 0
Guinea USD 0 0 0
Guinea-bissau USD 0 0 0
Guyana USD 7 7 14
Haiti USD 0 0 0
Heard and McDonald Islands USD 0 0 0
Holy See (Vatican City) USD 0 0 0
Honduras USD 12 12 24
Hong Kong USD 21 21 30
Hungary USD 55 55 103
Iceland USD 15 15 15
India USD 0 0 0
Indonesia USD 45 50 100
Iran (Islamic Republic) USD 29 36 52
Iraq BDT 2000 2000 2000
Ireland USD 0 0 0
Israel USD 0 0 0
Italy USD 51 51 102
Jamaica USD 0 0 0
Japan USD 50 50 50
Jersey USD 0 0 0
Jordan USD 30 30 85
Kazakhstan USD 70 140 200
Kenya USD 50 50 50
Kiribati USD 5 5 10
Korea, Democratic People’s Republic USD 12 12 24
Korea, Republic of USD 30 30 50
Kuwait USD 17 17 34
Kyrgyzstan USD 70 140 200
Lao People’s Democratic Republic USD 12 12 23
Latvia USD 20 20 40
Lebanon USD 44 20 132
Lesotho USD 0 0 0
Liberia USD 50 50 50
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya USD 23 138 138
Liechtenstein USD 0 0 0
Lithuania USD 20 20 60
Luxembourg USD 1 1 2
Macau HKD 100 177 350
Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic USD 0 0 0
Madagascar USD 50 50 50
Malawi USD 0 0 0
Malaysia USD 11 11 24
Maldives USD 50 50 50
Mali USD 11 11 23
Malta USD 9 9 18
Man, Isle of USD 0 0 0
Marshall Islands USD 0 0 0
Martinique USD 0 0 0
Mauritania USD 50 50 50
Mauritius USD 15 15 30
Mayotte USD 0 0 0
Mexico USD 36 96 96
Micronesia, Federated States USD 0 0 0
Moldova, Republic USD 25 25 50
Monaco USD 0 0 0
Mongolia USD 40 60 180
Montenegro USD 0 0 0
Montserrat USD 15 15 30
Morocco USD 26 11 54
Mozambique USD 25 25 50
Myanmar USD 35 70 70
Namibia USD 0 0 0
Nauru USD 0 0 0
Nepal USD 30 55 100
Netherlands USD 42 42 84
Netherlands Antilles USD 0 0 0
New Caledonia USD 0 0 0
New Zealand AUD 150 150 150
Nicaragua USD 25 25 50
Niger USD 40 40 40
Nigeria USD 100 11 250
Niue USD 0 0 0
Norfolk Island USD 0 0 0
Northern Mariana Islands USD 0 0 0
Norway USD 23 23 23
Oman USD 28 28 28
Pakistan USD 2 2 4
Palau USD 0 0 0
Palestinian Territory, Occupied USD 14.14 5 42.42
Panama USD 10 10 20
Papua New Guinea USD 7 7 10
Paraguay USD 5 5 10
Peru USD 12 12 24
Philippines USD 60 80 120
Pitcairn USD 0 0 0
Poland USD 17 17 34
Portugal USD 17 17 51
Puerto Rico USD 0 0 0
Qatar USD 28 28 55
Reunion USD 0 0 0
Romania USD 31 31 66
Russian Federation USD 50 50 100
Rwanda USD 5 5 10
Saint Helena USD 0 0 0
Saint Kitts and Nevis USD 0 0 0
Saint Lucia USD 0 0 0
Saint Pierre and Miquelon USD 0 0 0
Saint Vincent & Grenadines USD 0 0 0
Samoa USD 0 0 0
San Marino USD 0 0 0
Sao Tome and Principe USD 0 0 0
Saudi Arabia USD 54 54 134
Senegal USD 22 22 146
Serbia USD 0 0 0
Seychelles USD 0 0 0
Sierra Leone USD 11 11 23
Singapore USD 23 23 23
Slovakia (Slovak Republic) USD 0 0 0
Slovenia USD 30 30 60
Solomon Islands USD 0 0 0
Somalia USD 35 35 70
South Africa USD 40 180 180
South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands USD 0 0 0
Spain USD 48 48 79
Sri Lanka USD 10 10 20
Sudan USD 50 50 100
Suriname USD 17 17 34
Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands USD 0 0 0
Swaziland USD 0 0 0
Sweden USD 30 30 30
Switzerland USD 30 30 59
Syria USD 44 5 132
Taiwan USD 52 52 104
Tajikistan USD 63 73 143
Tanzania, United Republic USD 50 50 100
Thailand USD 66 72 165
Togo USD 0 0 0
Tokelau USD 0 0 0
Tonga USD 5 5 10
Trinidad and Tobago USD 11 11 11
Tunisia USD 19 19 38
Turkey USD 58 116 194
Turkmenistan USD 31 31 71
Turks and Caicos Islands USD 0 0 0
Tuvalu USD 5 5 10
Uganda USD 50 50 50
Ukraine USD 75 75 150
United Arab Emirates USD 39 39 77
United Kingdom USD 65 84 168
United States Minor Outlying Islands USD 0 0 0
United States of America USD 160 160 160
Uruguay USD 37 37 74
Uzbekistan USD 70 140 200
Vanuatu USD 5 5 10
Venezuela USD 20 20 40
Vietnam USD 25 50 100
Virgin Islands (British) USD 0 0 0
Virgin Islands (U.S.) USD 0 0 0
Wallis and Futuna Islands USD 0 0 0
Western Sahara USD 0 0 0
Yemen USD 11 11 11
Yugoslavia USD 0 0 0
Zambia USD 0 0 0
Zimbabwe USD 25 40 50

Visa fees obtained from: https://visa.gov.bd

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