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The official language is Bengali (Bangla). English is the language of commerce and education.

Public Holidays

01/01/2022 New Year

02/21/2022 International Mother Language Day

02/28/2022 Ascension of Mohammed

03/26/2022 Independence Day

04/14/2022 bengali new year festival

04/29/2022 Lailat al-Qadr (The Night of Destiny / Omnipotence)

05/01/2022 Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)

05/01/2022 Labor Day

05/15/2022 Buddha Purnima

07/09/2022 Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)

10/01/2022 Durga Puja (Vijaya Dashami)

10/09/2022 Milad un Nabi (Birthday of Prophet Muhammad)

11/07/2022 Day of National Revolution and Solidarity

16.12.2022 day of the victory


Buddhist festivals follow local astronomical calculations and dates cannot be given in advance.

The dates given for Islamic holidays are calculated according to the lunar calendar and therefore shift from year to year.

During the fasting month of Ramadan, which precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims are forbidden to eat, drink or smoke from sunrise to sunset, which causes disruptions or deviations in the normal course of business (including reduced opening hours of shops and authorities) and therefore there may be restrictions for travelers.

Many restaurants outside the hotels are closed during the day, and the consumption of alcohol and cigarettes is restricted or e.g. T. even strictly forbidden, even for non-Muslim vacationers. In hotel complexes it must be taken into account that meals and drinks during Ramadan may only be taken in the hotel restaurant or in the room.

Travelers should expect increased sensitivity in religious matters as well as in respect of Islamic traditions.

Some interruptions may also occur during Eid al-Fitr. This festival, like Eid al-Adha, is indefinite and can last from 2-10 days depending on the region.

Duty free shopping


The following items can be imported duty-free into Bangladesh (persons aged 18 and over): 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 227 g of tobacco; 2 bottles of spirits (for non-Muslims and tourists only. Other non-Muslim travelers: 1 bottle); 250 ml perfume and eau de toilette; Gifts worth up to Tk 500. The customs form issued upon entry must be kept until departure.

Import Restrictions

An import permit from the Ministry of the Interior is required for all types of weapons and ammunition, as well as for flammable chemicals. The import of gold, silver and other precious stones/jewellery is subject to declaration and duty (approx. €52 per 100 grams of gold, approx. €1.10 per 100 grams of silver), a maximum of 10 kg may be imported. More information is available from

Prohibited Imports

Pornographic products and drugs. Travelers who need to take certain medications should carry a medical certificate in English.

Contact addresses

Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Rue de Lausanne 65
+41 (0)22 906 80 20.

Mon-Fri 09.00-12.00 and 15.00-17.00.

Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Honorary General Consulates in Hamburg and Munich. Honorary consulates in Bremen, Frankfurt/M., Grefrat and Potsdam.

Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee 111
+49 (0)30 39 89 75 31.



Mon-Fri 09.00-13.00 and 14.00-17.00. Consular department: Information: Mon-Fri 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Submission of documents: Mon-Fri 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Document issue: Mon-Fri 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Honorary consulates in Innsbruck and St. Pölten.

Hofzeile 4
+43 (0)1 368 11 11.

Mon-Fri 09.00-17.00.


Business etiquette

Tropical suits or a shirt and tie are usually appropriate. A suit should be worn for appointments with government officials. Appointments and business cards are common. October to May is the best time for business trips. Business hours: Sat-Thurs 09.00-17.00; Authorities: Sat-Thu 08.00-14.30.

Business contacts

The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FBCCI) 60, Motijheel C/A, Dhaka, Bangladesh Tel. +88 (0)2 956 01 02/3, +88 (0)2 956 04 82. Website: fbcci-



Limited international direct dialing.

Mobile phone

GSM 900 mobile network with coverage in major cities, major providers include Grameen Phone (website:, Aktel (website: and Mobile 2000.


Internet access in larger cities; there are some internet cafes. Some hotels in Dhaka and Cittagong also have connections primarily for their guests’ use. Service providers include Proshikanet (website: and BanglaNet (website:

Post office

According to, Airmail to Europe takes 3-4 days, overland several months. Blue mailboxes are for airmail, red for land.


Since the use of shortwave frequencies changes several times over the course of a year, it is advisable to contact Deutsche Welle customer service directly for the current frequencies (Tel: (+49) (0228) 429 32 08. Internet: to request.

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