BANGLADESH TRAVEL GUIDE
INTRODUCTION TO BANGLADESH
Bangladeshis are renowned for their hospitality and warmth – they’ll invite you home and treat you to their delectable cuisine. They are passionate about food, football, cricket, theatre and music – and if you’re wondering about the strange combination, their social ambit is wide and they are a broad-minded nation. Bangladesh is among the few Asian nations where religions coexist in harmony. However, don’t be fooled by the smooth and urbane capital city, Dhaka – the smaller cities and villages are simple and well behind modern times.
BANGLADESH COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS
Bangladesh has suspended flights from Bhutan, Hong Kong, India, Kuwait, Nepal and Thailand. Travelers must have a COVID-19 test certificate issued within 72 hours of travel.Entry restrictionsBangladesh has suspended flights from Bhutan, Hong Kong, India, Kuwait, Nepal and Thailand.Flights from Bahrain, China, Malaysia, the Maldives, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Turkey, UAE and the UK are permitted to operate; however, effective from August 1, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh has restricted the number of passengers on flights to and from Bangladesh to 260 on aircrafts with two aisles and 140 on one-aisle aircrafts.Entry requirementsTravelers with pre-arranged visas must have medical certificates issued within 72 hours before departure stating that they are not affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). The certificates must be in English or translated into English.Business travelers with a return/onward ticket may enter Bangladesh, provided they have a confirmation letter issued by the Bangladesh Board of Investment (BOI). The letter must contain a BOI registration number, and the accredited inviting organization must have notified the Immigration authorities prior to arrival. Business travelers must also present a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival.Quarantine requirementsTravelers with Bangladesh origins without symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate in Dhaka for 14 days upon arrival. Those who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or do not submit the above medical certificate will be institutionally quarantined in Dhaka for 14 days.There are currently 76,474 active cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Bangladesh and 6,173 deaths as of Nov 15 2020
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BANGLADESH QUICK FACTS
Capital: Dhaka (Dacca)
Currency: taka (BDT)
Area: 147,570 km2
Population: 161,4 million (2018)
Language: Bengali (official) English (recognised, has some national status)
Religion: Muslim 90%, Hindu 9%, other 1%
Electricity: 220V/50Hz(US Type A, Europlug, Type D, Type G, and Danish Plug)
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BANGLADESH PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
21 February, Martyrs’ Day/International Mother Language Day
26 March, National Day
14 April, Bangla New Year
1st Monday in July, Bank Holiday
15 August, National Mourning Day
7 November, National Revolution and Solidarity Day
16 December, Victory Day
Also, Buddha Purnima (Visakaha Day), Durga Puja, and Islamic holidays and festivals.
BANGLADESH WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Bangladesh has a humid, warm climate influenced primarily by monsoon and partly by pre-monsoon and post-monsoon circulations and frequently experiences severe local storms and tornadoes. Average temperatures are 26.1⁰C but can vary between 15⁰C and 34⁰C throughout the year. The warmest months coincide with the rainy season (March-September), while winter (December-February) receives less rainfall. Bangladesh is one of the wettest countries of the world, with most areas receiving at least 1500 mm and others receiving as much as 5800 mm of rainfall per year. Rainfall is driven by the Southwest monsoon, which originates over the Indian Ocean and carries warm, moist, and unstable air, beginning approximately during the first week of June and ending in the first week of October. Major climate drivers in Bangladesh include the Easterly Trade Winds, the Southwest monsoon, and the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO).
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN BANGLADESH
The best time for outdoor activities in Bangladesh is during the drier months of October to April, as it can really pour with rains during the months of May to September.
BEACH OPTIONS IN BANGLADESH
Bangladesh claims to have the world's longest unbroken stretch of beach of 120km, with beautiful views of both sunrise and sunset. However, being a conservative and predominantly Muslim country, you won't find people sunbathing here due to the strict cultural restrictions.
SURFING IN BANGLADESH
Although not a surfing destination in itself, Bangladesh does receive fairly consistent swell between April and November. If you're looking for small, warm water beach breaks and a rather unique and offbeat surf scene, then you will enjoy the uncrowded surf spots that Bangladesh offers the adventurous surfer.
KITESURF IN BANGLADESH
If you're desperate for some wind sports on the water in Bangladesh, check out Coxs Bazar at Laboni Beach, but don't have any high expectations!
HEALTH RISKS IN BANGLADESH
Be aware of possible health risks in
Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.
Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.