Entry and Exit
Travel Restrictions in Bangladesh
The Bangladesh government has suspended visas on arrival for all travellers arriving from COVID-19 affected countries. Singaporeans may still apply for a visa at the Bangladesh High Commission in Singapore, after they complete a self-declaration in writing stating that they have not experienced fever or flu-like symptoms in the past 14 days. Passengers traveling for business to Bangladesh would require a return/onward ticket and a confirmation letter from the Bangladesh Board of Investment (BOI). The letter must contain a BOI registration number, and the accredited organization which issued the invitation must notify immigration authorities prior to the passenger’s arrival.
All incoming travellers will be required to obtain a PCR-based certificate within 72 hours of travel (with English translation) indicating that the holder does not have any symptoms of COVID-19. The medical certificate will have to be submitted on arrival at the point of entry to Bangladesh. All incoming travellers are required to remain under quarantine for two weeks after their arrival. For travellers from Singapore, the quarantine may be done at the place of residence. However, if any COVID-19 symptoms are detected/observed on arrival, he/she will be sent to a government-authorised hospital for further check-up or depending on the nature/intensity of the symptoms, will be sent to isolation at a government-nominated facility or hotel at the passenger’s own expenses.
As entry restrictions may change at short notice, we advise you to contact the Bangladesh High Commission in Singapore to ensure that you have accurate information. You may also wish to check the official website of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh at https://caab.portal.gov.bd for the latest updates.
Safety and Security
Terrorism: The situation in Bangladesh is stable, although there have been sporadic terrorist incidents. However, since April 2019, the Bangladesh authorities warned of terror threats in the country. Security has been stepped up across Bangladesh. In view of the heightened security situation there, Singaporeans travelling to or already in Bangladesh are urged to exercise caution and remain vigilant.
Demonstrations, hartals, blockades and politically motivated violence: Political demonstrations, nationwide hartals (enforced strikes), blockades and violent clashes occur from time to time. Hartals can shut down businesses and disrupt transportation, including in the diplomatic and expatriate areas. Avoid all demonstrations, crowded areas and large gatherings, monitor local media closely and follow the advice of local authorities.
Crime: Criminal violence and armed robberies are common in Bangladesh, including in the expatriate areas in Gulshan and Banani, Dhaka; and in Cox’s Bazar in the south, near Bangladesh’s border with Myanmar. Expatriates have been victims of robbery, pickpocketing and snatch-and-grab attacks. Singaporeans should take precautions such as planning and undertaking movements cautiously and avoiding public transport. Singaporeans are also advised to avoid venturing out unaccompanied, and visiting locations that do not have strong security measures in place.
Floods: Bangladesh is prone to flooding, including flash floods and landslides from heavy rainfall during the monsoon season from June to October. Flooding can disrupt travel and reduce the provision of essential services. Every year during the monsoon season, one third of the country is seriously affected. Singaporeans are advised to check the local weather forecasts before travel and plan accordingly during this period of time.
General Travel Advice
Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [13 November 2019]
In view of the upcoming school holidays, Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take the necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws and customs restrictions, including immigration procedures and entry requirements.
Singaporeans travelling to and from Malaysia, in particular via the land checkpoints, are reminded to ensure that your passport is presented to a Malaysian immigration officer and stamped correctly before leaving the Malaysian immigration booth. Failure to do so is an immigration offence in Malaysia and the penalties can be severe, including detention, a fine, and a ban from future entry into the country.
In 2019, demonstrations have occurred in several major cities across the world. Such demonstrations can sometimes escalate into violence. It is important for Singaporeans to keep abreast of local news, avoid any protests or demonstrations and heed the advice of the local authorities.
When participating in outdoor leisure activities overseas, Singaporeans should be mindful that certain sporting activities, especially in open seas, may carry risks. Besides ensuring that one has the physical competencies and appropriate condition to undertake the activity, every effort should be made to ascertain if the trip organiser or guide is reliable and competent, and that appropriate safety and contingency plans are in place. When in doubt, Singaporeans should consult the relevant professional bodies or sporting associations for specific advice.
For those planning to travel, here are some tips:
· Familiarise yourself with our network of overseas missions.
· Purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.
· Equip yourself with research about your destination’s entry requirements, current situation, local laws and customs.
· eRegister with us on our website (https://www.mfa.gov.sg) so that we may reach out to you during an emergency.
· Always take care of your personal safety, remain vigilant and monitor local weather news, advisories, and security developments.
· Exercise caution around large gatherings and avoid locations known for demonstrations or disturbances.
· Be prepared for possible delays and last-minute changes in travel plans especially during unforeseen events such as natural disasters, social unrests or terror attacks.
· Stay connected with your friends and family. Inform them of your whereabouts and provide them with your overseas contact details.
In the event that you require consular assistance, please contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.
Advisory: Email Scams [Updated: 12 May 2016]
There has been an increasing number of reports in recent years of individuals receiving scam emails purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas. These emails typically originate from an email address known to the receiver bearing claims of the sender getting into trouble overseas and urgently requesting financial assistance. The sender would also claim to have approached a Singapore Embassy/Consulate and the local Police for help to no avail.
MFA takes the safety of all Singaporeans very seriously. Singaporeans in distress approaching our Overseas Missions for assistance will be rendered with all necessary consular assistance. If you receive such emails from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails before responding to their request. It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport nos., address, telephone number, etc. Any form of reply, even one of non-interest, could result in more unsolicited emails. Members of the public who suspect that they have fallen prey to such scams should report the matter to the Police immediately. Should Singaporeans abroad require consular assistance, they can contact the nearest Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.