bangladesh tourist visa

Bangladesh Tourist Visa - Definitive Guide

The tigers of Sundarban, the old Mughal Town in Dhaka, authentic Buddhist culture and temples, ever wondered what these tourist places look like in person? Well, wonder no more. A Bangladesh tourist visa will allow you to visit the country and indulge in the mesmerizing natural beauty of the country.

What is Bangladesh Tourist Visa?

bangladesh tourist visa

The most common type of Bangladesh visa, a tourist visa is a visa that is issued for the travellers who are looking forward to visiting the country for tourism. A Bangladesh tourist visa will allow you to stay in the country for 15 to 30 days per visit, depending on the requirement. The visa also permits multiple entries to the country on one visa allowing you to stay for up to 30 days in one visit. Another advantage to a tourist visa to Bangladesh has is that it can even be extended by applying online. Even a Bangladesh tourist visa for Indians can be obtained through the online application process.

How to apply for Bangladesh Tourist Visa?

The process of visa application is majorly online. You will have to get the Bangladesh tourist visa application form and submit it following certain consecutive steps. The step by step procedure for this visa is given as follows:

  1. Apply online by filling out the online visa application form on the official website.
  2. Attach 2 passport size photos to the application form.
  3. Provide a valid passport.
  4. Confirmed flight tickets (both to and from tickets if the visa is short term).
  5. Submit the form along with the scanned copies of the required documents to the Bangladesh mission.

The respective mission will process your documents after the completion of the above procedure. Later, your passport with the visa stamp can be collected from the embassy by yourself or your visa agent.

When filling the form, you need to ensure that you render the information correctly and appropriately. There are chances that with wrong or incorrect data, you may have to go through visa rejection. Such an incidence can even affect your further visa applications.

Eligibility of Bangladesh Tourist Visa

At the time of applying for the Bangladesh tourist visa, there are certain factors that you need to consider to be able to obtain the visa. The eligibility criteria for the permit are mentioned as follows:

  • You must possess proof of purpose of visit
      • If you are visiting your acquaintances, you must have an invitation letter from the resident in Bangladesh.
      • You must visit for tourism only, or visiting acquaintances and not searching for or taking up any kind of employment.
  • You must meet the health requirements
      • You must be healthy enough to travel to Bangladesh.
      • You must perform a medical test before travelling to the country and provide a relevant documentary proof.
      • You must be within the age limit to be able to apply for a work permit.
  • You must meet the character requirements
      • You must be of good character and have genuine intentions behind working in Bangladesh.
      • You need to provide a relevant documentary proof for the same as well (if asked) in the form of a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC).
  • You must have sufficient funds
    • You must possess or have access to sufficient funds to be able to cover your stay and other expenses in Bangladesh.
    • Bank statement or any equivalent document is to be submitted as well as proof of the same.

Documents required for Bangladesh visa

There are several documents that are required in the process of issuing a tourist visa to Bangladesh. The types of documents will differ as per the visa (tourist/visitor) you are applying for. Some of the Bangladesh tourist visa requirements are listed as follows:

  • Passport with at least 6 months of validity ahead of the date of journey
  • 2 Coloured passport size photographs
  • Original ID proofs
  • Bank statement of last 6 months
  • Confirmed hotel bookings (if staying in a hotel).
  • Invitation letter (if invited by a friend or relative).

Photo Specification of Bangladesh Tourist Visa

The photo specification of Bangladesh tourist visa are as follows -

photo specification of bangladesh tourist visa

  • Coloured photos
  • Dimensions: 35mm x 45mm
  • White background
  • Neutral expressions on the face
  • Head must be square to the camera
  • Any kind of glasses are not allowed
  • Headgears are prohibited except for religious reasons
  • Photographs shouldn’t be older than 3 months

Processing time of Bangladesh Tourist Visa

The time taken for the processing of documents and the visa depends upon several factors. These include the type of visa, the number of entries, the workload at the embassy, and others. The Bangladesh tourist visa is generally processed within the next 4 to 5 business days. The time span may increase or decrease depending upon the factors previously mentioned.

Bangladesh Tourist visa Fee

The visa fee for the Bangladesh tourist visa for Indians is actually dependent on certain factors. These include the type of visa, the validity of the visa required, the urgency of the visa issuance, etc. The fee includes the charges paid to the High Commission of Bangladesh and the visa services that you avail. The fees can be paid online or offline when you are submitting the visa. 

Entry Stay Duration Validity Fees
Single entry Normal 30 days 1 month 1500.0
Double entry Normal 30 days 1 month 2000.0
Multiple entry Normal 30 days 1 month 2500.0
Multiple entry Normal 30 days 6 months 5000.0
Single entry Express 30 days 1 month 2500.0
Double entry Express 30 days 1 month 3000.0
Multiple entry Express 30 days 1 month 3500.0
Multiple entry Express 30 days 3 months 4000.0
Multiple entry Express 30 days 6 months 7500.0
Multiple entry Normal 30 days 3 months 2700.0
Multiple entry normal 30 days 12 months 12500.0

After submission

With the completion of the process, you will just be left to wait for the processing of your documents and the application form. You need to remember a few things in the meanwhile -

  • If there are any other requirements to be fulfilled or if there are any mistakes in the application, the embassy or the agency must be informed.
  • If there are any changes related to the application, for instance, change in marital status or birth of a child, you must inform the embassy/agency.
  • You can even check the status of the application and the processing in the meantime. 
  • If there is a change of plans, you can withdraw the application.

How to check Bangladesh Tourist Visa Status

The status of a tourist visa to Bangladesh is easy to track online. In order to check the status, all you have to do is visit the official website with your visa application number or the verification code and check the status by entering the numbers. You can even check the status offline by calling the embassy with your visa application number.

When you have the visa

After obtaining the visa, you need to make sure that your actions do not get the visa cancelled. There are rules and regulations that are to be followed in order to do so. Some pointers can be found in the following:

  • Before you travel
      • Make a note of the visa expiry date, as well as the number of entries permitted. You must not stay in the country beyond this period.
      • You should travel to Bangladesh within the validity of your visa.
      • Make sure to carry a copy of your passport and other travel documents while you are in the country.
      • Issue health insurance and travel insurance from a certified company.
  • At the Border
      • Get your documents checked and your passport verified.
      • Obtain the entry stamp on your passport.
      • Consult the airport authorities for any kind of assistance required.
      • Check your visa copy for other guidelines and rules to be followed.
  • When you enter Bangladesh
    • Ensure not to get involved in any kind of employment. You can, however, do volunteer work.
    • The tourist prohibited areas must be stayed out of.
    • Make sure you don’t overstay and apply for a visa extension in time.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I extend my Bangladesh Tourist Visa?

To extend your tourist visa, there is a formal procedure that is to be followed. You can first apply online for the extension or visit the Department of Immigration in Bangladesh. Your request will be processed after the payment of the extra fee and you will be granted an extension up to 30 days ahead of your existing validity.



After expiring my Bangladesh Tourist Visa how long can I stay?

After your visa has expired, you are not allowed to stay in the country any longer. If you are caught with an expired visa, you will have to pay the fine as asked by the Immigration. If you have to stay in the country longer, you will have to apply for the extension of the visa. You can get the extension of the visa by applying online as well. Although, the extension must be applied for before the visa expires.



What is the medical test for Bangladesh Tourist Visa?

A medical test is carried out in order to make sure that the candidate is fit for the journey. However, this medical test is not necessarily carried out for the tourist visa as it is a short-stay visa and the process is mainly mandated for long-term visas like a resident permit or work visa. There is no specialised medical test for the Bangladesh tourist visa.



Can I convert my Bangladesh Tourist Visa into Work Visa?

No, you cannot convert the tourist visa to Bangladesh into a work visa. If you require a work visa, you need to apply for the same differently. However, when you get a work visa within the validity of your existing tourist visa or visitor visa, the existing visa will get cancelled once you get the work visa.




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