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Bangladesh Travel Information

The Basics

Time

Local time in Bangladesh is GMT/UCT + 6 hours

Electricity

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.

Language

The country's official language is Bangla. English is the main foreign language.

Travel Health

Medical facilities aren't close to the quality of most western hospitals. Travellers with serious conditions should seek help outside the country. Also, travellers should see a physician four to six weeks before they arrive to receive necessary immunisations, and begin taking anti-malaria and typhoid medication.

All ordinary immunisations must be current. Hepatitis A and B immunisations are recommended. Travellers heading to rural communities and the outdoors will need immunisations for rabies and Japanese encephalitis as well. Tuberculosis is also on the rise in Bangladesh.

Travellers' diarrhoea is the most common affliction. Visitors should drink bottled water and be sceptical of undercooked foods. A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required for all travellers older than one who are arriving from yellow-fever infected areas.

Tipping

Tipping in Bangladesh is not expected but welcome.

Safety Information

The security situation in Bangladesh is fluid. Consequently, travellers should contact their local embassy for advice closer to when they plan to visit.

All protests should be avoided in case they turn violent. Chittagong Hill Tracts should be avoided by all tourists as they have experienced political unrest and violence in the past.

Theft and armed robbery are problems, especially in poor urban areas. Pickpocketing and purse snatching are common and directed at foreigners. 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. Ferry trips also suffer fatalities every year. Monsoon-season cyclones and flooding are a threat, especially in coastal regions and near rivers.

Local Customs

The 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 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.

Communications

The international access code for Bangladesh is +88. 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). Most cell phones work on a GSM network with prepaid SIM cards.

Duty Free

Travellers to Bangladesh may bring with them 200 Cigarettes, 50 Cigars or 225g of tobacco. Travellers are also granted an amount of perfume reasonable for personal use, and gifts of up to 500BDT in value. Non-Muslims may have two bottles of liquor.

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