Posts Tagged ‘Bangladesh’

2011 Destinations: Get a Bangladesh Visa for a Frugal Adventure

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Since it’s almost New Year’s Eve, I thought it’d be a good idea to spend the next few days looking at different destinations that travel experts have recommended for 2011. First, let’s take a look at Bangladesh, a country that is definitely under-utilized by tourists at the moment.

The folks over at Lonely Planet recently recommended Bangladesh as one of their top value destinations for 2011, so if you’re not yet feeling the economic recovery, this Southeast Asian country might be a good choice for you. According to Lonely Planet, you can eat quite well for less than a dollar a meal and get a decent night’s sleep in a hotel room for less than $10.

Bangladesh features a menu of activities worthy of even the most seasoned adventure traveler: hiking through dense jungles in one of the country’s many national parks, stalking tigers in the Sundarbans (or joining the local honey gatherers, called maualis, on a dangerous jaunt into the forest), canoeing and whale watching. If you’d prefer something a little less active, hang out on the beaches at Cox’s Bazaar or contemplate the silence of an ancient temple.

To visit Bangladesh, you’ll need a Bangladesh visa. Technically, you should be able to get one when you land, but don’t count on it. The US Department of State notes that “Travelers may encounter delays in airport visa issuance or refused entry if they do not have visas prior to arrival. Additionally, if issued, landing permit validity is usually limited to a maximum of 15 days.”

So, it’s best to get your visa before you leave. Here’s what you’ll need to get one:

  • Your US passport
  • 1 Bangladesh visa application form
  • 1 passport photo
  • Roundtrip airline tickets or itinerary. If you are traveling by land, you’ll need a letter explaining when and where you will be entering and leaving the country.

Also, keep in mind that parts of Bangladesh are experiencing unrest and may not be safe for tourists. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t go, of course, but you should educate yourself about the security situation in different regions and plan your trip accordingly. The Department of State’s Consular Information page on Bangladesh (referenced above) will help.

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Bangladeshi Visa Requirements To Visit the Ruins of Somapura Mahavihara

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Today’s featured UNESCO World Heritage Site is an ancient Buddhist monastery in Bangladesh. Somapura Mahavihara was built around 810 AD, during the rise of Mahayana Buddhism in the area.  Although Somapura Mahavihara, which means “Great Monastery,” was intended for Buddhist monks, according to Wikipedia it eventually became an important intellectual and religious center for Buddhists, Jains and Hindus alike.   Somapura Mahavihara was part of a network of 5 major monasteries that dominated South Asia, and was an important destination for many Buddhist scholars.

The Great Monastery remained a fixture of the region until the 12th century AD, when many of the people living in the surrounding villages and towns converted to Islam. Eventually, the monastery was abandoned and left to the jungle. It was excavated in the early 16th century and made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985.

Today, the massive, intricately decorated ruins are one of Bangladesh’s most important archaeological sites and a major tourist attraction.  On its website, UNESCO explains why Somapura Mahavihara is both an important historical site and an attractive place for visitors to explore:

Its layout perfectly adapted to its religious function, this monastery-city represents a unique artistic achievement. With its simple, harmonious lines and its profusion of carved decoration, it influenced Buddhist architecture as far away as Cambodia.

To visit Somapura Mahavihara, you need a passport and a Bangladeshi visa, if you are a US citizen. In theory, Bangladesh issues visa on arrival, but in practice, according to the US Department of State, you’ll have a much easier time getting into the country. For more information about what you need to get your Bangladeshi visa, see BangladeshVisa Requirements for Tourists.

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Somapura Mahavihara

Bangladesh Visa Requirements For Tourists

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Bangladesh is a small country (about the size of Wisconsin), surrounded by India to the north, east and west and the Bay of Bengal to the South.  Although tiny, relatively poor and prone to natural disasters, Bangladesh is nonetheless an intriguing place to visit, with an abundance of natural parks, ancient ruins and unspoiled beaches.

However, US visitors to Bangladesh do need to obtain a Bangladesh visa. In theory, you should be able to get a visa on arrival. However, as the US Department of State notes, “Bangladesh has not widely publicized their policies for visas on arrival.  Travelers may encounter delays in airport visa issuance or refused entry if they do not have visas prior to arrival.”

Also, visas issued on arrival are valid for a maximum of 14 days, while visas issued ahead of time can be valid for longer periods.

So, it’s best to get your Bangladesh visa from an embassy or consulate before you travel.  Here are the documents you will need to apply:

  • Your US passport
  • 1 Bangladesh visa application  form
  • 1 passport photo
  • Roundtrip airline tickets or itinerary. If you are traveling by land, you’ll need a letter explaining when and where you will be entering and leaving the country.

Also, while some countries will allow you to travel with a valid visa in an expired passport, in Bangladesh your visa is only valid if it is inside a valid US passport. If your passport has expired, you need both a new passport and a Bangladesh visa.

RushMyTravelVisa makes it easy to obtain a Bangladesh visa, as well as any other visa documents you might need for your journey. We review your itinerary and research the visa requirements for every country you plan to stop in, ensuring that you don’t run into any unpleasant surprises along the way.

Then, we provide you with personal attention and simple instructions to make filling your visa application as easy and painless as possible.  This also reduces your chance of making common mistakes that could delay your application.

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