Travel alert to UK visitors to Bangladesh

The United Kingdom (UK) on Thursday issued a travel alert for its citizens intending to visit Bangladesh or those are already here because of political tensions.

“If you’re currently in Bangladesh or intend to travel to Bangladesh, even if you’re a regular visitor with family or business links, you UK_BDshould monitor news media and regularly consult this travel advice,” said a foreign travel advice update issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

It said, “If you’re travelling (to Bangladesh) during a blockade you should avoid demonstrations and protests as they may quickly turn violent and lead to attacks on property and public transport, including burning buses, which has resulted in the death and serious injuries.”

Meanwhile, British High Commission staff have been advised to avoid the area around Road 86 Gulshan 2, where the BNP has its Gulshan office until further notice.

“You should limit your movements around central Dhaka, particularly around political offices, government ministries and Dhaka University campus and remain vigilant across the country, taking care where there are large gatherings, political offices and rallies,” said the travel alert notice.

It said Bangladesh National Party (BNP) enforced general strike called for Thursday; reports of clashes between rival groups, arson and vandalism continue across Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, all must give the Bangladeshi authorities 10 days’ notice of their travel plans if anybody proposes to visit the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

Tensions increased in the country in January 2015 on the first anniversary of the January 5, 2014 parliamentary elections, which the BNP boycotted.

Up to 75,000 British nationals visit Bangladesh every year and most visits are trouble free, according to the travel advice.

Courtesy: UNB