Visa Requirements
Applying for Visa
No Visa Required Stamp
Visa on Arrival
Processing Time
Method of Payment
Main-in Service
Hospitality Booth
Visa Forms

Visa Information

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:

Until further notice, all on arrival visas are temporarily withheld for the Foreign Nationals entering Bangladesh. 

To obtain a Visa for Bangladesh, the applicant must submit the following and fulfill all requirements to avoid any delay of processing visa:

Visa Requirements

Visa Type


Tourist Visa Travel itinerary/air ticket reservation.
Work visa: Letter of employment from the employer in Bangladesh and letter of concurrence from concerned Ministry, Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA), 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 Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) 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

All foreign nationals who intend to visit Bangladesh for various purposes must fill up Online Application for Bangladesh Machine Readable Visa at and submit the same. The applicant would take a print out of the submitted application with enrolled number and send the same to the  Consulate General of Bangladesh, Los Angeles. along with the following documents i.e. requiremennts to process the Visa:

  1. Fill-up online Visa Applicantion Form please;
  2. 2 (Two) copy  photographs taken within the last six months.
  3. Passport, valid for at least six months.
  4. For US nationals Visa Fee is US$ 160 (US$ 190 for Employment Visa). For nationals of other countries, please click here
  5. Required documents as stated in the Visa Requirements section based on the type of visa.


Mail in Service: Application for visa and NVR endorsement can also be submitted by mail. For details please click Mail-in-Service.

Processing Time

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 and passport pick up time is 3:30 to 4:30 in the afternoon. Please note that usual visa-processing time is 10 working days. The processing time may vary on case by case issues.

Hospitality Booth

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.  Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA), BEPZA, BGMEA, FBCCI). The hospitality booth is located inside the main terminal building close to the Immigration Desk and the Customs Enclosure.