General Information (A-Z)

Accessibility

The Conference Venue is fully accessible to all delegates in principle. However, delegates who have special requirements or need assistance are welcome to contact the Organizers to discuss the possibilities.

Airport

Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, is the largest and most prominent international airport in Bangladesh. It is located inKurmitola 11 miles (17 kilometres) in the northern part of the capital city Dhaka and it is also a part of BAF Bangabandhu Base used by the Bangladesh Air Force. The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) operates and maintains the airport.

Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport is the primary hub of the national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines. In addition, it is also the main hub of most of the private airlines in Bangladesh including Regent Airways, Novoair and US-Bangla Airlines. The annual passenger handling capacity of the airport is 18.5 million passengers and this passenger handling capacity is predicted by CAAB to be sufficient until 2026.

Banking System

Banking facilities for foreign currency exchange booths are available in the arrival hall of international terminal building.

Duty Free Shop

Private and Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation are operating duty-free shop for the honorable passenger(s)

Flight Information Display System (FIDS)

The modern flight information display system shows the arriving and departing flights information, information of boarding bridge, conveyer belt, check-in-row etc. round the clock.

Helpline

A service providing organization named ‘Helpline’ is on the second floor of terminal-2 of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. Passengers can get necessary services in exchange of money. Telephone: +880 2 8901248-9, +880 2 7911041-3, Ext.- 3349.

Hotel Booking

Hotel booths of different categories are available in the arrival lounge of terminal building. Passengers can make reservation of hotel from the booths.

Lost & Found

Lost & found desk is in the terminal building for passengers lost luggage. Telephone: +880 2 8901500-19, Ext.-5402 and direct call +880 2 8901315.

Ticket Sales Counter

For the advantage of the respectable passengers, the international ticket sales counter of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd. is established in the concourse hall (first floor) of international terminal building Telephone: +880 2 8901500-19, Ext. -2911and direct call +880 2 8901757) and the domestic sales counter of different airlines including Biman are in the domestic terminal building (Telephone: +880 2 8901500-19, Ext.-5420).

How to get to BPATC from the Airport

BPATC is located approximately 23 km from the airport.

Buses and taxis are most popular form of transportation. Local buses connect many towns and cities to each other. Buses connecting towns and cities charge fares according to the distance covered.

Taxi Services are the most widely and easily available form of transport. City taxies operate by meter and may be hired from taxi stands, hailed by roadside. There are also CNG and Pathao (local transport) and Uber services.

Bank

Bangladesh Standard Time is 6 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+6).  Generally banking hours in Bangladesh are from 10.00-16.00 (Sunday to Thursday). Although some banks do open on Saturdays and extend their banking hours. Machines (ATM) are available at convenient locations throughout the country. All the main credit cards are accepted in major institutions and an ever-growing number of shops and restaurants.

Opening Hours in most Banks:

Sunday to Thursday: 10.00 to 16:00

*Closed on Friday, Saturday and Public Holiday.

Climate

Bangladesh has a subtropical monsoon climate characterized by wide seasonal variations in rainfall, high temperatures and humidity. There are three distinct seasons in Bangladesh: a hot, humid summer from March to June; a cool, rainy monsoon season from June to October; and a cool, dry winter from October to March. In general, Bangladesh weather in April is pretty hot with temperatures of 22° and 35° degrees, might be good for outdoors activity. As there are on average 7 rainy days in Bangladesh in April chances for rain are low but possible.

Culture and Entertainment

Bangladesh houses many spectacular sites and sculptures.  Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh is a hub for trade & culture, with a long history. It houses many old and remarkable mosques which were made during the British and Mughal eras. It hasAhsan Manjil near Buriganga, Laal Bagh Fort, Sat Gambuj Mosque, The Temple of Joy Kali, Ramakishna Math & Mission, Central Shaheed Minar, National Martyrs’ Memorial and many more historical places. Whether you are looking for discounted textiles or branded apparel, Bangladesh’s capital city has it all. Cycle-rickshaw is a very popular vehicle for enjoying the real flavor of Dhaka. Discover the best places for shopping in Dhaka including Jamuna future park,Bashundhara City, New Market, Aarong, Jatra, Aranya, Dhaka has widerange of transport systems from cycle-rickshaws to buses to water buses.

Currency

The Bangladeshi Taka (BDT) is the currency of Bangladesh. Our currency rankings show that the most popular Bangladesh Taka exchange rate is the EUR to BDT rate. The currency code for Taka is BDT, and the currency symbol is Tk. Visit https://www.xe.com/ for the latest exchange rates. Foreign Exchange Booths are common and clearly state the exchange rate for all major currencies. Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are located almost convenient places throughout the country, etc.

Electricity

Electricity in Bangladesh is 220 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. Electricity in Bangladesh is 220 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. Outlets in Bangladesh generally accept 4 types of plug. These are Flat blade plug, two round pins, three round pins arranged in a triangle, Two parallel flat pins with ground pin.

Emergency Numbers

The most important emergency telephone numbers:

  • Dhaka Metropolitan Police – 02-8616552-7/ Emergency- Tel: 999
  • Fire Brigade- 9555555, 9556666/ Emergency – Tel: 199
  • Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka- 02-7911042
  • Bangladesh Meteorological Department- 02-9123838
  • National Tourism Organization- 02-58315954

The country calling code for Bangladesh is +880.

Food

Our Bangladeshi cuisine is a classic culinary art-form. Our food is ecstatic; a pure South Asian delicacy. The spectacular combination of our age-old traditional values and a diverse range of perfectly blended spices give Bangladesh cuisines a unique taste for which people from all around the world do not hesitate to come back here again. Our foods and spices are so great that now these rules the whole world. Many of you might have already tasted those in abroad in many restaurants that provide Bangladeshi dishes. Most of the Bangladeshi dishes are based on rice. Abundance of fishes in rivers and ponds and our love towards different varieties of fishes in many forms of dishes make the proverb “Fish and rice makes a Bengali” more meaningful. Well, apart from the regular dishes some dishes are specially designed to spice up our celebration and festivals. Biriyani or polao served with meat curries (chicken, beef, lamb etc.) seasoned with proper spices and ghee (butter) gives us and our celebration a heavenly smell and a satisfied tummy. We are known for our passions for a wide variety of sweets made from milk. Rasho-gollah, kalo-jam, shandesh, mishti doi, shemai, chamcham… Quite frankly, the list is way too long. Come aboard sweet tooth. The deeper you roam around the alleys of any Bangladeshi town, the more exotic your culinary experience will become. Foods found in our streets and restaurants are as traditional as the foods cooked in our home. Iftar at Old Dhaka, jhalmuri (puffed rice with spices), dal puri, smokin’ hot Kebabs, etc. are surely never to be missed.

A number of exclusive restaurants offer traditional performance for visitors to get a glimpse of local culture. Like in other cities, designer coffee shops with Wi-Fi facilities are a popular hangout at any time of the day.

As a cosmopolitan city, Dhaka, Bangladesh offers a number of restaurants that serve international fare. Continental food, fusion food as well as Mediterranean, Korean, Thai, Japanese, Italian Cuisine can be savored during a visit here.

A number of restaurants are open till late night so anytime is a good time for a snack. Muslims can rest assured that halal food is easily available.

Health and Medicare

Dehydration and Sunburn

As the Sun is strong in the country. Proper care against sunburn must be constantly taken. Dehydration and loss of salt through perspiration are two other common problems for the unprepared traveler. Avoid streets food and drink plenty of fluids and replace your salt loss. Make sure you pack clothing suitable for a warm humid climate.

Mosquitoes

Due to the constant humid climate, mosquitoes tend to be present throughout the year. The three most significant diseases transmitted by mosquitoes are Malaria, Dengue Fever and Chikungunya Fever. Although the risk of this disease for most tourists visiting Bangladesh is extremely small. We are suggesting you to be conscious. 

 Food

Generally, the level of food hygiene throughout the country is high. However, make sure your food and drinking water are safe. Food from street vendors should be treated with care. Drink only bottled water. If possible, avoid tap water, fountain drinks, and ice cubes.

Medicare

Clinics and dispensaries take care of non-major medical treatment while hospitals are available in all major towns. Be sure to have the appropriate travel health insurance.

Internet

High Speed Broadband is easily accessible at hotels, internet cafés and shopping malls, among other places.

Language

Bengali is the official language while English is widely spoken. The indigenous groups also speak various languages and dialects.

Local Culture: Do’s and Don’ts

Bangladesh is generally a laid back and relaxed place. However, it does have its own customs and visitors should try to observe these practices when they arrive. Some common courtesies and customs are as follows:  Although handshakes are generally acceptable for same gender, some Muslim ladies may acknowledge introductions to gentlemen by merely nodding and smiling. Informal dressing (e.g. lightweight linens & cottons, T-shirt, shorts, jeans) is generally acceptable. For dinners and night spots, smart casual wear is the norm. When entering mosques and temples, wear long sleeves and loose trousers or long skirts as a sign of respect. Shoes must be removed when entering places of worship such as mosques and temples. Some mosques provide robes and scarves for female visitors. Taking photographs at places of worship is usually permitted but always ask permission beforehand.

Post Offices

Opens from 09:00 am to 05:00 pm daily.

Contacts-DHAKA GPO

Senior Postmaster

Dhaka GPO, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh

+880-2-9555531

srpm_dhkgpo@bangladeshpost.gov.bd

Shopping

Visiting shopping malls is a favorite pastime for the people of Bangladesh. That is largely due to the evolution of the concept of malls itself. People today visit a shopping mall, not just for the sake of buying an item, but also to eat, hang out and maybe even catch a movie. There are numbers of a swanky malls that offer internationally-known brands. These are Jamuna Future Park (3rd largest shopping mall in South Asia), Bashundhara City, New Market, Shimanto Square, Police Plaza Concord Shopping Mall, Tokyo Square. Most of these malls serve lifestyle centers and come complete with restaurants, cineplexes, spas, fitness centers and theme parks. Different boutiques including Aarong, Jatra, Aranya are best options for buying traditional products. The casual street shops are also available with imaginable item from crafts to belts, bags, ethnic-style crafts, accessories and attire can be found at Hawkers market, New market. Most retail shops and shopping centers in Bangladesh operate from 10:00 to 22:00.

Tourist Information Office

Bangladesh Tourism Board

(National Tourism Organization)

Level-3, Building No-2, BSL Office Complex

(Hotel InterContinental)

1, Minto Road. Dhaka-1000

Phone: +88-02-58315954

E-mail: btbnto@gmail.com

Visa Policy of Bangladesh

Visa on Arrival

To attract the tourists and ensure them a hassle-free arrival in this land of stories, the government of Bangladesh has decided to provide Visa on Arrival to the foreign nationals including those of Bangladeshi origin. Once you arrived in Bangladesh, after examining your necessary travel documents the immigration authority at the Airports and Land ports will issue Visa on Arrival for a period of maximum 30 days to the citizens of the countries mentioned below under the following conditions:

(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 visit;

(b) On the basis of invitation letters of interested/required body being attested by the Board of Investment/BEPZA, the foreign investors/businessmen may be allowed to issue visa on arrival. In this case, interested/inviting organization must inform in advance the arrival of the foreign visitor(s) to the immigration and passport authority.

(c) Only for the purpose of official duty, business, investment and tourism citizens arriving from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Russian Federation, China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, UAE, Saudi Arabia (KSA), Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and the countries of Europe may issue visa on arrival after examining and being satisfied by the immigration authority at the Airports and Land Ports;

(d) If any foreign national arrives in Bangladesh from a country other than his/her own country, where there is no mission of Bangladesh may be issued visa on arrival;

(e) Bangladeshi origin foreign citizens, their spouses and their offspring may be issued visa on arrival, on the proof of their being Bangladeshi origin;

(f) The staffs/officials of the foreign missions, UN or its affiliated organizations located in Bangladesh may be issued visa on arrival after examining their appointment letters or other related documents. Only UN passport holders will get such facilities gratis (free of charge).

Transit Visa

If you are waiting for your connecting flight and hoping to get the best out of it, Transit Visa will be allowed to you for the period of maximum 72 hours or till the time of the next available flight on request of the concerned carrier. For this an amount of 20 USD or equivalent amount of foreign currency is to be deposited in the concerned bank account. And then you are free to be amazed by Beautiful Bangladesh.

Visa Extension

If you haven’t done with wondering our amazing lands, you can extend your Visa on Arrival by applying to the Department of Immigration and Authority in light of existing Visa Policy.

Visa Requirements

In respect of visa on arrival the following procedures to be followed:

a) Visa fees are to be paid in foreign currencies (US dollar, GB Pound/Euro etc.)

b) Visitor must possess minimum USD 500 or its equivalent amount of foreign currency in cash or credit card;

c) Visitors must have return ticket;

d) Must have necessary documents to justify his/her visit;

e) No visa fee will be applicable for the visitors from these countries which are exempted from visa fee.

f) On arrival visa fee will be applicable on the basis of reciprocity only.

g) The concerned intelligence agency must collect complete information of visitors to take necessary action. The immigration authority at Airports and Land Ports will send a monthly report on this issue to the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Department of Immigration and Passports.

h) Visa on arrival shall be issued only after being satisfied about the purpose of visit. In case of foreign military or defense forces, prior approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs must be taken.

Visa Fees

Please check this link to find out information regarding visa fees.

Important Links

Department of Immigration and Passport http://www.dip.gov.bd/   

Ministry of Home Affairs https://mha.gov.bd/  

Ministry of Foreign Affairs https://mofa.gov.bd/  

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