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gideonellis@hotmail.com
Post subject: Visas
PostPosted: 08:13 on 14th Feb 2014

Joined: 04:52 on 28th Oct 2013
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Can anyone help with how to get a visa.

I've downloaded the application form but can't get through to enquiries at the High Commission. Does anyone know if you have to state your address for your entire stay in Bangladesh and also provide a letter of invitation.

Wikipedia states British nationals can buy a visa on arrival but I take it that that is not true.

Many thanks
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Marine45
Post subject: Re: Visas
PostPosted: 12:59 on 14th Feb 2014

Joined: 18:39 on 5th Jun 2013
Posts: 45
Hi,
I managed to get them on the phone, and told you must apply here with copy flight tickets and copy Hotel bookings, I explained that I could be longer than hotel booking if England advanced and they said ensure visa covers these dates. I did all this and posted some 3 weeks ago and no visa back. Called yesterday and told all was good and would get said docs next week. Found the best time to get through on phone is as soon as it opens in the morning. Hope that helps but the cricket card gets an enthusiastic response if not always totally helpful.
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Visas
PostPosted: 15:25 on 15th Feb 2014

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 2357
gideonellis@hotmail.com Wrote:
Can anyone help with how to get a visa.

I've downloaded the application form but can't get through to enquiries at the High Commission. Does anyone know if you have to state your address for your entire stay in Bangladesh and also provide a letter of invitation.

Wikipedia states British nationals can buy a visa on arrival but I take it that that is not true.

Many thanks


I think it's possible to get one on arrival (in Dhaka Airport only), but not recommended.

I've always gone to the Bangladesh High Commission in London in person. I find that if you mention you're going to the cricket it's normally a breeze. Supply at least one hotel reservation confirmation and use that as the address for your stay - it can always be cancelled once you've got your visa if you plan on staying somewhere cheaper for example. Return flight bookings are useful, although last time I told them I was going overland to and from India, and the Maitree Express can only be booked in Kolkata and Dhaka, not from abroad, and I was pleasantly surprised to find they accepted that. Match ticket booking receipts might be useful too.

Somewhere on the BHC website it mentions "evidence of profession is a must." I'm not sure whether it is for tourist visas, and I can't remember doing it last time, but in the past I've certainly supplied a very brief letter of introduction from my manager on company headed paper.

If you can't go in person, it might save stress to do it through an agent given the fairly short time between now and the start of the tournament. Obviously you'll pay more, but I've spoken to quite a few experienced travellers who use them nowadays.

Edit: You will also need to supply 2 UK passport sized photographs!
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Visas
PostPosted: 02:29 on 16th Feb 2014

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
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Further to the above, I strongly recommend against trying to get a visa on arrival unless you get definite information from the Bangladesh High Commission that it's OK. It certainly did used to be possible (if you didn't mind long travel delays), but I haven't been able to find any definite information that it still is except for citizens of countries with no Bangladeshi Mission.

I've also found a site with an on-line application form: https://www.visa.gov.bd/

Maybe that will throw more light on the exact documentation required nowadays.

I've checked out a couple of agents' websites and they make no mention of a letter of introduction from an employer being required for a tourist visa, but do stipulate three passport photographs instead of the two mentioned on the BHC's own site!
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Boddingtons
Post subject: Re: Visas
PostPosted: 11:49 on 18th Feb 2014

Joined: 16:03 on 29th Sep 2009
Posts: 387
Location: Manchester-cum-Hong Kong
I intend on getting a visa on arrival if I do make it to Bangladesh. It seems pretty pain free from what I can see on various websites. Whilst I have only browsed briefly, it appears the VOA fee is $50. Itinenrary and hotel confirmation are all that is required.

I'm currently in, and would be flying from, Sharm el Sheikh, so with no local embassy it's the only way possible for me without entertaining a trip to Cairo.
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Marine45
Post subject: Re: Visas
PostPosted: 15:22 on 18th Feb 2014

Joined: 18:39 on 5th Jun 2013
Posts: 45
I got my visa back from London today, all in order, Howzat travel who are running a tour are saying on there website that you can get visa on arrival.
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Boddingtons
Post subject: Re: Visas
PostPosted: 16:25 on 18th Feb 2014

Joined: 16:03 on 29th Sep 2009
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Location: Manchester-cum-Hong Kong
Whare are you staying, Marine45?
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Marine45
Post subject: Re: Visas
PostPosted: 18:05 on 18th Feb 2014

Joined: 18:39 on 5th Jun 2013
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Doing some travelling first arrive Chittagong 25/3 and booked orchid business hotel for 8 nights through booking . Com pay on arrival
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Boddingtons
Post subject: Re: Visas
PostPosted: 21:39 on 18th Feb 2014

Joined: 16:03 on 29th Sep 2009
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Location: Manchester-cum-Hong Kong
Based on some of the hotels Ive seen, this one actually doesn't seem too bad an option. Rooms look relatively modernised together with pool, gym and free wifi, brekky and airport pick up/drop off for <£30 a night.

I've held a room 27Mar-01Apr via the hotels website for the time being as a security in the event I don't find anything else.

Booked via the hotels website. Booking.com only has three hotels available hence I was struggling for options.
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gideonellis@hotmail.com
Post subject: Re: Visas
PostPosted: 16:15 on 19th Feb 2014

Joined: 04:52 on 28th Oct 2013
Posts: 9
Thanks everyone.

Went to the Bangles HC today and told to come back on the 26th, so hopefully everythings good. The clerk didn't want details of my flight but did want the hotel booking confirmation. I also could not pay by cheque despite what it says on the application. I used my debit card instead.

I tried the online application but couldn't complete despite using my phone, laptop and work computer. Maybe they're getting too many applications at the moment!

Anyway thanks again and maybe see you all in Chittagong.
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