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Friday, January 16, 2015, Magh 3, 1421, Robiul Awal 24, 1436 Hijr

Foreigners alerted against visiting BD
Published : Friday, 16 January, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 95

Diplomatic Correspondent
Many countries in America, Europe and Australasia have issued travel warning for their citizens planning to visit Bangladesh in the wake of the current political violence.
Bangladesh Foreign Office officials regretted that they have no information of travel warning issued by any country.
"It is unlikely that tourist would seek visa to visit Bangladesh amidst political uncertainty of unpredictable public transport movement during the political stalemate," remarked the Foreign Office official requesting anonymity.
The official said that the visa applicants are asked to specify their purpose of visit. If they explain that their local host - a company or organisation would take care of their safety, the visa is issued with a caution of dare to travel alone and adviced to accompany with reliable local contacts, the official said.
Foreigners who wish to visit Bangladesh for tourism are requested to decide travelling on the basis of the specific countries travel advice. They are also requested to finalise their travel plan after browsing local (Bangladesh) English news portal, the diplomat explained.
Meanwhile, the British Foreign Office travel advice issued on Thursday for people going to Bangladesh warns visitors of a "Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) enforced general strike (hartal) called on 15 January; reports of clashes between rival groups, arson and vandalism continue across Bangladesh". Australia advices their citizens to exercise a "high degree of caution" in Bangladesh due to the uncertain political and security situation.
The travel advice suggests to pay close attention to personal security at all times and monitor the media and local information sources for news about possible safety or security risks.
United States is yet to issue any travel warning to their citizens, but have cautioned travellers to stay in contact with the US Embassy in Dhaka for updated advices. A standard advice to US travellers to avoid the capital Dhaka's city centre, specially Baitul Mukarram, Press Club, Paltan, Shahbag and some areas of Gulshan to avoid sporadic political violence.

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