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Bangladesh is one of Asia’s most culture-rich destinations. The country is characterized by centuries of Hindu, Buddhist and, today, Muslim traditions.
The region has nearly 800 rivers, most of which run the full length of the country and spill out into the Bay of Bengal. Travel by boat is more common than travel by vehicle or any other means.
Bangladesh is relatively traveler-free area which lends to the country’s authenticity. In most cities, the influences of tourism have yet to take hold. This is also partially due to the country’s poverty.
Unfortunately, this beautiful country has seen disease outbreaks terrorist activity. Some of the most recent attacks have involved tourists. Experts advise against travel to Bangladesh unless a trip is mandatory.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Bangladesh. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Bangladesh: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, and influenza.
Dengue, malaria and chikungunya are present in Bangladesh. Be sure to bring and use repellents and netting. Antimalarials may be recommended, depending on your trip itinerary.
See our vaccinations page to learn more about these infections and vaccines. Ready to protect yourself? Book your travel health appointment today by calling or schedule online now.
There is currently no cholera outbreak in Bangladesh. Cases are rare and can be avoided with some health precautions. Despite the lack of a current epidemic, the cholera vaccine is still recommended before travel.
Passport Health locations throughout the United States carry Vaxchora, the only US-approved cholera vaccine.
A passport and visa are required for entry to Bangladesh. If travelers are carrying more than 5,000 U.S. dollars with them upon entry, it must be declared. Travelers cannot leave with more money than they declared upon entering.
For more information, see our Bangladesh visa page. Or contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
Although the rivers are beneficial for travel, they also bring humidity. The country has a subtropical monsoon climate with high temperatures and high humidity. Bangladesh has three prominent seasons: hot, humid summers, a rainy fall and cooler, dry winters.
Because climate varies by region, be sure to pack for your itinerary. A few regional differences include:
Travel to Bangladesh is rewarding, but you should take precautions. Some of the most recent terrorist attacks targeted foreigners.
In some areas, tourists are sometimes seen as a nuisance. Be aware of your surroudings and consider using a licensed guide.
Petty crime such as pickpocketing is also common. Travelers should exercise caution at all times. Avoid traveling at night and never travel alone.
Dhaka is the country’s largest and most bustling city. A tour to Old Dhaka is well worth the trek. A tour guide who understands the culture, history and food of the area that has been centuries in the making. Be sure to stop by ancient sites such as the Hindu Dhakeswari Temple or one of the handful of local mosques.
Unless traveling in winter, tourists should prepare for rain and humidity. Be sure you have everything you need for your trip.
The U.S. embassy can help travelers with issues including lost passports or acts of violence. For quick service, appointments should be made ahead of time
U.S. Embassy Dhaka
Baridhara, Dhaka -1212,
Tel: (880) (2) 5566-2000
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