Bangladesh travel

Local laws and customs – Advice for travelers to Bangladesh


Local laws reflect the fact that Bangladesh is a predominantly Islamic country. You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure that they do not offend other cultures or religious beliefs, especially during the holy month of Ramadan or if you intend to visit religious areas. See Traveling during Ramadan

You should dress modestly to avoid offending. Women should cover their shoulders and wear long skirts or pants.

Same-sex relationships are illegal. Check out our information and advice page for the LGBT community before you travel.

If you have dual British and Bangladeshi citizenship, you will be considered by the Government of Bangladesh as a Bangladeshi citizen even if you do not or have never held a Bangladeshi passport and you were born outside of Bangladesh. This may limit the help the UK government can offer you. For more information on Bangladeshi citizenship, contact the Bangladesh High Commission.

Violation of local laws can result in a prison sentence, served in a local jail. Delays and inefficient justice system can lead to lengthy detentions until court hearings finally take place. The conditions of detention are well below British standards.

A British national detained in Bangladesh has the right to request that the British High Commission be informed of his situation and have access to him. In most cases, this right does not extend to persons with dual nationality.

Severe penalties are provided for possession and trafficking of illegal drugs. Some drug-related offenses carry the death penalty or life imprisonment.

Always carry a photocopy of the Bangladeshi visa and data page of your passport, as well as copies of other important travel documents. Local authorities may ask you for proof of identity. Keep the originals separate and leave copies with friends or relatives in the UK.

Family law in Bangladesh is very different from UK law. You need to be especially careful when, for example, childcare becomes an issue.

Real estate disputes

The British High Commission does not have the power to intervene on behalf of British nationals of Bangladeshi descent in matters of land or property. The High Commission can provide a list of local lawyers.

There is an Expatriate Support Unit of the Bangladesh Police, which offers services to expatriates, including dual nationality / British Bangladesh:

Mobile: +88 01320001435 E-mail: [email protected]


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