The People's Republic of Bangladesh, formerly East Pakistan is located on the northern edge of the Bay of Bengal; it is bordered on three sides by India and shares a small border with Burma. Approximately 160 million people inhabit Bangladesh, which has a land area of 55,598 square miles. It is the eighth most populous nation in the world and the most densely populated country, aside from some city states and tiny island nations. The country consists primarily of low-lying deltaic plains. The Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers (known as the Padma and Jamuna in Bangladesh) and countless tributaries crisscross the country. About 7% of the country's area is under water and flooding occurs regularly.
Area: 143,998 sq km (55,598 sq miles).
Population: 163.7 million (2013).
Population density: 1136 per sq km.
Government: Republic. Gained independence from Pakistan in 1971.
Head of state: President Abdul Hamid since 2013.
220 volts AC, 50Hz. Sockets accept a mixture of British-style three-prong plugs, standard European rounded two-pin plugs, rounded three-pin plugs and American-style two-pin plugs. Suggested to bring an adaptor with you while travelling in this country.
To enter Bangladesh, a passport valid for the duration of stay is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.
Visas are required by all nationals. Citizens of some countries are eligible for a 30-day visa on arrival if travelling for tourism, business or investment purposes; check with the embassy in advance for eligibility.
Note: Passport must be have at least 6 months validity before travelling on this trip.
Bangladesh Taka (BDT) = 100 paisa. Notes are in denominations of BDT500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. Coins are in denominations of BDT5 and 1, and 25 and 50 paisa.
The import and export of local currency is limited to BDT100. The import of foreign currency is no limit, but amounts greater than US$5,000.00 (or equivalent) must be declared. The export of foreign currency is limited to US$150 or the amount declared on arrival.
(We suggest all foreign currency must be declared)
All foreign currency exchanged must be entered on a currency declaration form. Hotel bills must be paid in a major convertible currency or with traveller's cheques. Many shops in the cities will offer better rates of exchange than the banks.
It is the passengers responsibility to obtain all required travel documents, visas and permits, and for complying with the laws, regulations, orders, demands and other travel requirements of countries of origin, destination or transit.
We strongly recommend that you go to the IATA Travel Centre website http://www.iatatravelcentre.com for more information.
Credit cards are not generally accepted for payment of goods outside the capital. ATMs are becoming increasingly common and can be found in Dhaka, Chittagong, Bogra, Sylhet and Khulna.
Can be exchanged on arrival at Dhaka Airport. US Dollars are the preferred currency, followed by Pounds Sterling.
Sat-Wed 0900-1500, Thurs 0900-1300. Some banks may close on Saturdays.
Best time to visit:
Hot, tropical climate with the monsoon season lasting from late May to October. Temperatures are highest from mid-March to May. Rainfall averages over 2,540mm (100 inches). The cool season is between November and early March. The country is prone to widespread flooding and is also a high-risk earthquake zone.
It’s absolutely essential to have adequate travel insurance covered, especially for the purposes of flight cancellation, delay or any other unexpected incidental cases occurred during the trip and to enjoy the journey with a peaceful mind.
Take the travel insurance that meets your needs and understand its coverage.
Things to bring and clothing:
Lightweight cottons and linens wear throughout the year. Warmer clothes are needed in the evenings during the cool season, suggested to wear long sleeves and long trousers with good walking shoes. Waterproofs are necessary during the monsoon season. Insect repellent is a must during your travel in this country, toiletries which you may not find at the hotels.
Food and drink:
All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilized. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised. Avoid all dairy products. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled. Drink only sterilized bottled water.
Duty free :
The following goods may be imported into Bangladesh by travellers over 18 years old without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 225g of tobacco.
• 2 bottles of alcoholic beverages of up to 1.25L.
• 250ml of perfume.
You can buy duty-free items at Dhaka Airport's duty-free shop on arrival.
Banned imports: Firearms and some animals.
Dengue fever, visceral leishmaniasis, tuberculosis and hepatitis B and E are present. Japanese encephalitis occurs, particularly in rural areas. Humidity and pollution in downtown Dhaka, especially at certain times of the year, can cause problems. Rabies is present. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If bitten abroad, seek medical advice without delay.
Internet / IDD calls :
Internet service are not as popular as like in other countries of Asia, only leading hotels in Dhaka will have internet or Wifi service in public area. Please check with your hotels for the charge of internet service in room before using it as the charges may be high as well as for overseas phone call.
Tipping is considered as part of your guide’s income and depending on how satisfied you are with their service. Suggested for US$5 per person per day traveling with a group and US$10 per person per day tipping for driver and the local guide(s) by travelling in a private tour.
Bring enough film, disk, and battery for camera and mobile phone with you for this journey as you may not
Get the some product in the country.
Make sure you have the proper health/immunization requirements. Keep a copy of all documents and credit card information in a safe place. Check the weather conditions of your destination before you travel.
YOUR TOUR ARRANGEMENTS
All land arrangements within Nepal are solely at the discretion of our land operators who control the final scheduling of sightseeing programs based on current situation of the day or period like weather, flights schedule change, traffic condition etc……. Those situations are not under our control and cannot be held responsible for sudden changes.
Terms & Conditions are based on our website : www.f56.com/Terms&Conditions.pdf
HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TRAVELING ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG )
Hong Kong Government raises the Travel Alert for Nepal to “Amber” since 04 May 2010, please check and make sure you have travel insurance covered to travel to this country.
If you would like to know more about the outbound Travel alert please explore the website: http://www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota/note-Nepal.htm
If you are a Hongkong Resident holding a valid HKID card and have register a MyGovHK account, you can use the ROTI which is free of charge. Or explore the website to register. http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/outsidehk/roti.htm