Bangladesh Travel Information
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Local time in Bangladesh is GMT/UCT + 6 hours
Electrical current in Bangladesh is 220 Volts, 50Hz. Round pin plugs, flat blade plugs, triangular three round pin plugs and parallel flat pins with grounding pin plugs are all common.
The official language of Bangladesh is Bangla. The language is central to their national identity. English and Urdu are often understood.
Medical facilities aren't close to the quality of most western hospitals and travellers with serious conditions should seek help outside of the country. Before travellers arrive they should consult a physician four to six weeks in advance to receive necessary immunisations and begin taking anti-malaria and typhoid medication. Malaria medication is needed for all areas outside of Dhaka. Make sure all ordinary immunisations are current. Hepatitis A and B immunisations are recommended as well as rabies and Japanese encephalitis for travellers to rural communities and the outdoors. Tuberculosis is also on the rise in Bangladesh. Travellers' diarrhoea is the most common affliction. Make sure to drink bottled water and keep sceptical of undercooked foods. A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required for all travellers older than one year of age arriving from a yellow-fever infected area.
Tipping in Bangladesh is not expected but welcome.
The security situation in Bangladesh is fluid and travellers should contact their local embassy for advice closer to the time of travel. All protests should be avoided in case they turn violent. Chittagong Hill Tracks should be avoided by all tourists as they have had recent political unrest and violence. Armed robbery and theft is a problem especially in poor urban areas. Pickpocketing and purse snatching are common and directed at foreign travellers. Travellers should avoid walking or taking public transport at night because of crime. However city transport can be dangerous due to road and traffic conditions at all times. Ferries also result in fatalities each year. Monsoon season cyclones and flooding are a threat especially on coastal regions and near rivers.
Local CustomsThe left hand is considered unclean and generally isn't used to greet people or pass food. It is common to eat with one's hands. Women should dress conservatively and often don't shake hands with men in greetings. People are addressed with a suffix denoting their relative age so addressing unknown people as older brother or sister is common. Bangladesh is an Islamic and a male dominated society despite having prominent women in government.
CommunicationsThe international access code for Bangladesh is +880. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom) and city codes are in use (e.g. 2 for Dhaka). Dial up internet connections are found in larger towns and cities. Most cell phones work on a GSM network with prepaid SIM cards.
Travellers to Bangladesh may bring with them 200 Cigarettes/50 Cigars/0.5 pounds (225g) of tobacco, an amount of perfume reasonable for personal use, and gifts of up to 500BDT in value. Non-Muslims may have two bottles of liqour.
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