Entry and Exit
Travel Restrictions in Bangladesh
While visa-on-arrival facilities are available in Bangladesh, it is advisable to apply for a visa to enter Bangladesh prior to arrival. Singaporeans may apply for a visa online at https://www.visa.gov.bd/ and submit the printed copy of the completed application form with the required documents at the Bangladesh High Commission in Singapore. Passengers traveling to Bangladesh for business would be required to contact the Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) to support the application.
Please refer to the official website of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh at https://caab.portal.gov.bd for the Bangladesh government's latest COVID-19 related entry requirements.
There should be at least six months' validity on your passport on the expected date of departure from Bangladesh.
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.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs in Bangladesh are strict. Convicted offenders can face life imprisonment or a death sentence.
Muslims are prohibited from consuming alcohol. Offenders could be punished by detention or other penalties.
Singaporeans are advised to carry copies of their passports in the event local authorities ask to verify their identification, especially when travelling at night.
General Travel Advice
Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [Updated on 5 February 2024]
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, customs, and COVID-19 regulations.
Demonstrations do occur in 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 (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 unrest 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
There have been reports of individuals receiving scam emails/messages purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas. These emails/messages typically originate from an email address/social media 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/messages from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails/messages before responding to their request. It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport numbers, 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 Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.