Bangladesh travel advice

The next stage in court proceedings in the corruption case against Bangladesh National Party chairperson Khaleda Zia is likely to take place on 4 March. There is a potential risk of an escalation of violence if Khaleda Zia is arrested, or attempts are made to take her into custody.

There is tension between the government and opposition parties. Since January 2015 the opposition have called for a nationwide blockade of road, rail and river transport. They’re also holding a programme of rolling general strikes (hartals), usually taking place during the working week (Sunday to Thursday).

Protests and demonstrations can quickly turn violent and lead to clashes with law enforcement agencies. There are reports of violent attacks, incidents of arson, and vandalism taking place across the country, mainly in towns and cities.

Remain vigilant and take appropriate security precautions. Take particular care where there are large gatherings, political offices and rallies.