Located 24 degrees North and 90 degrees East, Bangladesh is among the youngest countries in the world, having been officially formed as a distinct political entity only in the 1970’s. Despite its youth, getting to Bangladesh is not difficult at all, with relatively few restrictions placed on travellers. While a visa is in fact required, it is quite easy to obtain by visiting your local Bangladeshi consulate: if it so happens that your country has none, you may apply for one once you get to Bangladesh itself. Take note that there are a few states whose citizens are currently not required to produce a visa for travelling in Bangladesh, including Vatican City, the Bahamas, Fiji, and the Honduras. Other entries in this list may be found on the Bangladeshi government’s official tourism and travel site. Most westerners, for the record, are going to need a visa, including those coming from the US and UK.
Getting to Bangladesh by land may involve getting a visa from the Bangladesh High Commission in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India. This is typically the route people take when coming from India and heading to Bangladesh, although there are also a few who have managed to enter the country by way of overland travel from Myanmar. [Read more…]