Citizens of most countries require valid visa to enter Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Bangladesh Consulate General, Los Angeles determines the type and category of visa and duration of stay upon receiving an application. The types and categories differ according to the purpose of visit, length of stay and bilateral arrangement with the country of the foreign national.
Visa on Arrival:
a) The nationals of those countries where there is no diplomatic mission of Bangladesh may be granted visa on arrival after examining the genuineness of their visits;
If the foreign visitors require extension of their visa after arriving Bangladesh under visa on arrival, the department of Immigration and Passports Authority may extend their visa in light of the existing visa policy.
Transit visa may be allowed to the passengers awaiting for connecting flights for the period of maximum 72 hours or till the time of next available of flight on request of the concerned carrier. For this an amount of US$ 20.00 or equivalent to Foreign Currency is to be deposited in the concerned Bank Account.
In respect of visa on arrival the following procedures to be followed:
No Visa Required (NVR) Seal:
|Tourist Visa||Travel itinerary/air ticket reservation.|
|Work visa:||Letter of employment from the employer in Bangladesh and letter of concurrence from concerned Ministry, Board of Investment (BOI), Bangladesh Export Processing Zone (BEPZA). To work in a non-governmental organization (NGO), the applicant should furnish copy of letter of appointment from the NGO with attestation by the Bangladesh NGO Affairs Bureau, Dhaka.|
|Student visa:||Letter from the concerned educational institution duly attested by the Bangladesh Ministry of Education, Dhaka and Certificate of financial guarantee|
|Business visa||Letter from the employer in the United States and invitation letter from the host company in Bangladesh clearly stating the purpose of the visit. If you are interested to include your name in the list of interested importers from Bangladesh, please click here.|
|Investor visa||Letter of recommendation from the Bangladesh Ministry of Industries or the Board of Investment (BOI) or Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA), Dhaka.|
|Missionary visa||Letter of appointment from the Church and “No Objection” from the Bangladesh Ministry of Religious Affairs, Dhaka.|
|Diplomatic and official visa||Note verbal/letter from the concerned government office/Mission|
|Journalist visa||Letter of request from the employer/news agency clearly stating the purpose of the visit. Please note that minimum processing time for this category of visa is 2 weeks. Persons/Network/Organization requesting for shooting/filming in Bangladesh are required to fill in Form FF-1 and FF-2, in addition to the visa application form.|
Please note that after scrutiny of documents, the Consular Officer may request for an interview and / or submission of additional documents. Issuance of visa may be delayed if reference has to be made to Bangladesh for clearance. The Consulate General may accept or reject any application for visa.
|Applying for Visa|
To obtain a visa the applicant must submit the following:
Mail in Service: Application for visa and NVR endorsement can also be submitted by mail. For details please click Mail-in-Service.
|No Visa Required (NVR) Stamp|
For Bangladeshi American:
For foreign wife of Bangladeshi/ Bangladeshi American:
For children of Bangladeshi/ Bangladeshi American:
Note: Please fulfill all requirements to avoid any delay in processing.
Applications for visa are received at the Consulate General of Bangladesh in Los Angeles on all working days from 9:30 am to 12.30 pm. Visa is generally processed on the same day provided the application is received before 12:30 am. The passport can be picked up in the afternoon between 3:30 and 4:30 pm. If the Consulate requires more than one day for processing the visa, the applicant will be informed.
A hospitality booth is available at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka to assist investors and importers visiting Bangladesh. Persons willing to obtain the services may be required to produce reference documents from concerned Bangladesh authorities (viz. Board of Investment, BEPZA, BGMEA, FBCCI). The hospitality booth is located inside the main terminal building close to the Immigration Desk and the Customs Enclosure.