Visa Info

All foreign nationals who intend to visit Bangladesh for various purposes must fill up Online Application for Bangladesh Machine Readable Visa at http://www.visa.gov.bd and submit the same. The applicant would take a print out of the submitted application with enrolled number and send the same to the Embassy of Bangladesh in Washington D.C. along with the following documents i.e. requiremennts to process the Visa:

(a) The original passport;
(b) two passport-sized photographs;
(c) required visa processing fees as applicable in respect of different countries;
(d) Documents required against each category of Visa Application;
(e) hotel reservation and
(f) flight booking.

2. All foreign citizens need their valid national passports to visit Bangladesh except the holders of Certificate/Laissiez-passer issued by the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies, Continuous Discharge Certificate/Nullies/Seaman book (when travelling on duty). Citizens of most countries require valid visa to enter Bangladesh. The types and categories differ according to the purpose of visit, length of stay and bilateral arrangement with the country of the foreign national.

Please note that visitors who intend to stay more than 30 days or need multiple entry visa, should apply to the Bangladesh Embassy/Consulates prior to their departure for Bangladesh.

3. Visa on Arrival for US citizens: This facility is available for US citizens when they travel to Bangladesh for some specific purposes, such as (a) official business (b) business/trade (c) potential investors and (d) tourists (e) members of defense and security forces with prior clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of Bangladesh. Also US citizens of above categories are eligible for visa on arrival if they travel to Bangladesh from a country where there is no resident Bangladesh Embassy/Consulate. As some airlines from US airports may not allow passengers, visitors are hereby advised to check with their airlines to find out if the airlines allow their passengers to get on board without visa.

4. Visa on Arrival for Travelers: Visa on arrival for eligible travelers will be given for a period of not more than 30 days' single entry. The Immigration Officer at the port of entry (i.e. airports, land-ports etc.) will approve this after examining all relevant documents after his/her full satisfaction. The travelers who wish to take visa on arrival at a Bangladesh port of entry must do the following:  (a) fees has to be submitted in cash in US$/Euro/Pound Sterling (b) travelers other than those on Government duty must have a minimum of US$ 500 in cash or in credit card with them (c) must possess a return ticket if they come for a short time.

5. Visa on Arrival for Officers/Staff of Foreign Embassies/UN and Specialized Agencies located in Bangladesh: Visa on arrival may be given to officers/staff of foreign Embassies, UN and subsidiary organizations located in Bangladesh after scrutinizing their appointment letters and other related travel documents.

6. Visa on Arrival for Bangladeshi Origin Foreign Citizens: Spouse and children of Bangladeshi origin foreign citizens may also be eligible for visa on arrival upon satisfaction of the Immigration Officer at the port of entry to show the proof that he/she is/was a Bangladeshi origin (such as citizenship certificate, current/expired Bangladeshi passport), if any.

7. No Visa Seal (NVR): The Bangladesh Embassy in Washington, DC also issues "No Visa Required (NVR)" seal / sticker for traveling to Bangladesh in favour of Bangladesh-origin citizens of some foreign countries and their family members (spouse and children), except SAARC countries. This endorsement allows them multiple entries into Bangladesh with no restriction on duration of stay within the validity of the passport. Click here for more information on "No Visa Required (NVR)" seal / sticker and procedure for submission of application.

Mailing service:

Self-addressed prepaid envelope for return mail service preferably USPS Certified /Express Mail Flat Rate (from US Post Office) / UPS or FedEx Prepaid label. The return envelope is not required if the applicant wishes to collect the Passport from the Embassy physically.

Processing time for Visa:

Application and requirements are received at the counter between 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, except holidays. Delivery time is from 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Please note that the Bangladesh Embassy needs at least five working days to process the Visa application. Therefore, all applicants are requested to send their application well in advance so that the Embassy can process his or her visa request in a timely manner.

1. Please duly fill-in the application form and fulfill all requirements to avoid any delay in processing; 
2. Any misrepresentation of facts may lead to cancellation of visa at any time.

Online Application FormVisa Application Form (Hard Copy in PDF format)

Visa Processing Fees

Additional Visa Forms for Defense Personnel and Family Members

FF Form for Journalists and Film-makers

Additional Application form for foreign journalist visiting Bangladesh to cover December 2008 parliamentary elections

Additional Application form for foreign election observers visiting Bangladesh to cover December 2008 parliamentary elections

For further enquiry:

Tel:202-244-0183 Extension: 113 / 111
Fax: 202-244-7248 / 202-244-2771
Email (consular matters only): bdcons.wing@gmail.com