Complete Guide to Obtaining a Visa for Bangladesh

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Bangladesh Visa 2019-10-19T16:37:39+00:00

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:

BarbadosBhutanBotswanaBurkina FasoFiji
GabonThe GambiaGhanaGrenadaGuinea
Guinea-BissauJamaicaLesothoMalawiMaldives
Papua New GuineaSaint Kitts and NevisSamoaSeychellesSierra Leone
TanzaniaTongaZambia

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 countriesAustraliaBahrainCanadaChina
IcelandJapanKuwaitLiechtensteinMalaysia
New ZealandNorwayOmanQatarRussia
Saudi ArabiaSingaporeSouth KoreaSwitzerlandThe 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:

CountryCurrencyBangladesh visa fee for single-entry visaBangladesh visa fee for double-entry visaBangladesh visa fee for multiple-entry visa
AfghanistanUSD70100130
AlbaniaUSD223
AlgeriaUSD112
American SamoaUSD000
AndorraUSD000
AngolaUSD111122
AnguillaUSD000
AntarticaUSD000
Antigua and BarbudaUSD000
ArgentinaCAD242448
ArmeniaUSD3030200
ArubaUSD000
AustraliaAUD150150150
AustriaUSD393971
AzerbaijanUSD40250250
BahamasUSD5510
BahrainUSD6666132
BangladeshUSD000
BarbadosUSD000
BelarusUSD6060120
BelgiumUSD414151
BelizeUSD252537
BeninUSD5510
BermudaUSD000
BhutanUSD000
BoliviaUSD5510
Bosnia and HerzegowinaUSD6612
BotswanaUSD000
Bouvet IslandUSD000
BrazilUSD101030
British Indian Ocean TerritoryUSD000
Brunei DarussalamUSD6611
BulgariaUSD565676
Burkina FasoUSD000
BurundiUSD5510
CambodiaUSD252525
CameroonUSD505050
CanadaBDT330033006600
Cape VerdeUSD000
Cayman IslandsUSD000
Central African RepublicUSD5510
ChadUSD5510
ChileUSD101030
ChinaUSD142770
Christmas IslandUSD000
Cocos (Keeling) IslandsUSD000
ColombiaUSD4040175
ComorosUSD5510
Congo, Democratic Republic (Zaire)USD5510
Congo, People’s RepublicUSD000
Cook IslandsUSD000
Costa RicaUSD151530
Cote D’IvoireUSD252525
Croatia (Hrvatska)USD252550
CubaUSD6600
CyprusUSD5510
Czech RepublicUSD212141
DenmarkUSD282828
DjiboutiUSD5510
DominicaUSD000
Dominican RepublicUSD5510
East TimorUSD000
EcuadorUSD000
EgyptUSD292957
El SalvadorUSD5510
Equatorial GuineaUSD000
EritreaUSD5510
EstoniaUSD101020
EthiopiaUSD50870
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)USD000
Faroe IslandsUSD000
FijiUSD000
FinlandUSD354057
FranceUSD3333105
French GuianaUSD000
French PolynesiaUSD000
French Southern and Antarctic LandsUSD000
GabonUSD000
GambiaUSD000
GeorgiaUSD000
GermanyUSD151530
GhanaUSD5050100
GibraltarUSD000
GreeceUSD141428
GreenlandUSD000
GrenadaUSD000
GuadeloupeUSD000
GuamUSD000
GuatemalaUSD121224
GuernseyUSD000
GuineaUSD000
Guinea-bissauUSD000
GuyanaUSD7714
HaitiUSD000
Heard and McDonald IslandsUSD000
Holy See (Vatican City)USD000
HondurasUSD121224
Hong KongUSD212130
HungaryUSD5555103
IcelandUSD151515
IndiaUSD000
IndonesiaUSD4550100
Iran (Islamic Republic)USD293652
IraqBDT200020002000
IrelandUSD000
IsraelUSD000
ItalyUSD5151102
JamaicaUSD000
JapanUSD505050
JerseyUSD000
JordanUSD303085
KazakhstanUSD70140200
KenyaUSD505050
KiribatiUSD5510
Korea, Democratic People’s RepublicUSD121224
Korea, Republic ofUSD303050
KuwaitUSD171734
KyrgyzstanUSD70140200
Lao People’s Democratic RepublicUSD121223
LatviaUSD202040
LebanonUSD4420132
LesothoUSD000
LiberiaUSD505050
Libyan Arab JamahiriyaUSD23138138
LiechtensteinUSD000
LithuaniaUSD202060
LuxembourgUSD112
MacauHKD100177350
Macedonia, Former Yugoslav RepublicUSD000
MadagascarUSD505050
MalawiUSD000
MalaysiaUSD111124
MaldivesUSD505050
MaliUSD111123
MaltaUSD9918
Man, Isle ofUSD000
Marshall IslandsUSD000
MartiniqueUSD000
MauritaniaUSD505050
MauritiusUSD151530
MayotteUSD000
MexicoUSD369696
Micronesia, Federated StatesUSD000
Moldova, RepublicUSD252550
MonacoUSD000
MongoliaUSD4060180
MontenegroUSD000
MontserratUSD151530
MoroccoUSD261154
MozambiqueUSD252550
MyanmarUSD357070
NamibiaUSD000
NauruUSD000
NepalUSD3055100
NetherlandsUSD424284
Netherlands AntillesUSD000
New CaledoniaUSD000
New ZealandAUD150150150
NicaraguaUSD252550
NigerUSD404040
NigeriaUSD10011250
NiueUSD000
Norfolk IslandUSD000
Northern Mariana IslandsUSD000
NorwayUSD232323
OmanUSD282828
PakistanUSD224
PalauUSD000
Palestinian Territory, OccupiedUSD14.14542.42
PanamaUSD101020
Papua New GuineaUSD7710
ParaguayUSD5510
PeruUSD121224
PhilippinesUSD6080120
PitcairnUSD000
PolandUSD171734
PortugalUSD171751
Puerto RicoUSD000
QatarUSD282855
ReunionUSD000
RomaniaUSD313166
Russian FederationUSD5050100
RwandaUSD5510
Saint HelenaUSD000
Saint Kitts and NevisUSD000
Saint LuciaUSD000
Saint Pierre and MiquelonUSD000
Saint Vincent & GrenadinesUSD000
SamoaUSD000
San MarinoUSD000
Sao Tome and PrincipeUSD000
Saudi ArabiaUSD5454134
SenegalUSD2222146
SerbiaUSD000
SeychellesUSD000
Sierra LeoneUSD111123
SingaporeUSD232323
Slovakia (Slovak Republic)USD000
SloveniaUSD303060
Solomon IslandsUSD000
SomaliaUSD353570
South AfricaUSD40180180
South Georgia & South Sandwich IslandsUSD000
SpainUSD484879
Sri LankaUSD101020
SudanUSD5050100
SurinameUSD171734
Svalbard & Jan Mayen IslandsUSD000
SwazilandUSD000
SwedenUSD303030
SwitzerlandUSD303059
SyriaUSD445132
TaiwanUSD5252104
TajikistanUSD6373143
Tanzania, United RepublicUSD5050100
ThailandUSD6672165
TogoUSD000
TokelauUSD000
TongaUSD5510
Trinidad and TobagoUSD111111
TunisiaUSD191938
TurkeyUSD58116194
TurkmenistanUSD313171
Turks and Caicos IslandsUSD000
TuvaluUSD5510
UgandaUSD505050
UkraineUSD7575150
United Arab EmiratesUSD393977
United KingdomUSD6584168
United States Minor Outlying IslandsUSD000
United States of AmericaUSD160160160
UruguayUSD373774
UzbekistanUSD70140200
VanuatuUSD5510
VenezuelaUSD202040
VietnamUSD2550100
Virgin Islands (British)USD000
Virgin Islands (U.S.)USD000
Wallis and Futuna IslandsUSD000
Western SaharaUSD000
YemenUSD111111
YugoslaviaUSD000
ZambiaUSD000
ZimbabweUSD254050

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

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