Security and health

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Bangladesh. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers consult Smartraveller to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.


Travel to the Chittagong Hill Tracts requires special permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs and it is advisable not to visit the area at this moment due to a security threat.

Avoid walking through lanes and by-lanes at night.


Travellers to Bangladesh are advised to have yellow fever vaccinations, however, this requirement will rarely be enforced unless you are arriving from an infected area.

Hepatitis A and typhoid vaccinations are not required, but are recommended.

Travellers should drink bottled or boiled water only and take care with under-cooked food, seafood/shellfish and ice cream.