General Time Zone: GMT +6 Electricity: 220 V, 50Hz. Electrical Outlets: European with 2 circular metal pins; British with 3 flat blades and 3 circular metal pins forming a triangle. Consider brining an adapter along. Clothing: Shoulders and legs must be covered for both men and women. Shorts are only worn by little boys.
Passports and Visas Passports must be valid for three months or more following departure. Visas are required by all those entering the country with certain exceptions (Bangladeshis with stamped British passports, Hong Kong nationals, Macau nationals, Maldives national and transit passengers). Members from certain countries can obtain a thirty day visa when they arrive. Tourist and business visas are issued. Prices will depend on traveler’s nationality. Application for visas are handled by the consular section of the High Commission or Embassy. Applications take three to seven days or more.
Safety Clashes in the Chittagong Hill Tract region have created a risk and therefore travelers are advised to avoid this area. This does not encompass Chittagong city. It is important that tourists be aware that terrorism is a threat in Bangladesh and Embassies will be able to provide you with up-to-date information on the political and safety situation in Bangladesh. As is the case throughout the world, crime is increasing – especially in the larger cities. Be aware of pick pocketing and purse-snatching. Do not walk alone at night or carry valuables. Keep jewelry and money in safety deposit boxes at the hotel. Penalties for breaking Bangladesh’s laws are quite severe and very strict. Drug possession is not taken lightly and is likely to lead to imprisonment. Bangladesh’s judicial system is slow and prison conditions poor, so it is best to avoid engaging in any sort of wrongdoing.