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To Bangladesh and beyond

ToBangladesh.com is not a travel agency; it is a gateway, bridging the gap between you and the local service providers throughout the country. It is a concept, an initiative, infusing the combined resources of Grace Tours, based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Interspeed Media, a Dhaka based advertising company.

Via this website you will not only be able to have an overview of available destinations within Bangladesh and different levels of accommodation, (on our website, you can choose from a wide variety of accommodations – homestay hideaways, heritage hotels & palaces, rural farms, beach villas, jungle lodges, spa retreats, and even tree-houses!), but you will also be able to contact locally based hotel owners and tour guides, ask questions, provide answers and buy travel products and services all in one place.

Visas & Currency

Visas
Each Bangladesh consular office applies the rules and regulations slightly differently, so if you’re ever in doubt, call the relevant office directly and ask for directions or check the relevant websites (none of which is particularly well organised or even functional) to get yourself as informed as possible.

Tourist visas are the easiest to obtain. Depending on the office you’re dealing with, they can be issued for periods of up to two months, and whatever the length of your stay it is suggested that you apply for the maximum amount of time permitted, or at least specify a date that is a few days earlier than your expected arrival and at least a few days later than your expected departure. Most consular offices will request a letter of invitation along with the visa; this could be a letter from the tour operator or the contact that you may be visiting.

Currency
For most travellers, money withdrawn via bank debit card is the easiest and most convenient way to get cash, as there are now ATMs in almost every major city of Bangladesh (this includes all the divisional capitals and most of the third-tier cities listed in this guide but not all, so do check ahead as there are some notable exceptions among the tourist destinations, like Srimongol or the Chittagong Hill Tracts). US dollars in cash is the next easiest option, although carrying large amounts of cash around, say US$500 or more, is discouraged. There are only facilities to change travellers’ cheques in Dhaka and Chittagong (HSBC is best) and in this case it is best to stick with US dollars.