International commerce and industry have made Bangladesh an important destination, and travelers worldwide visit the country daily. However, a key to a successful business trip is in preparation.
There are a few arrangements you need to make before the trip. That way, you can make sure that you’re as comfortable and as free as you can be while visiting Bangladesh, and your business obligations can go smoothly as well.
Driving in Bangladesh?
Foreigners are allowed to drive and rent a car while visiting. They need to obtain an international drivers license for Bangladesh, and together with a national driver’s license, it allows them to drive in Bangladesh for a year. The license is only valid if your national driver’s license is as well. The permit can be obtained from the same agency that provides a national license, and you’re allowed to renew it while abroad.
Local traffic laws still apply to those who use this license, so make sure your driving is up to code and that you’re mindful of regulations while driving in an unfamiliar country.
Fridays Are Off
When setting up business meetings in Bangladesh, keep in mind that Fridays are usually the day off. Sometimes Fridays and Saturdays are turned into a weekend. It may be considered impolite to schedule a meeting on Friday, but depending on your circumstances, foreigners may be allowed to do so anyway.
The chances are that you won’t be able to use most of the governmental services on Friday and that most banks will be closed as well. The same goes for using services of most private businesses such as catering or any other service you may need to conduct your meetings.
The local currency is called Taka. It’s best to exchange your money for at least a certain amount of the local currency since that way you can pay in small businesses and restaurants that won’t accept a debit or credit card. Most have POS terminals, but it can happen.
There’s a limit on how much cash you can bring into the country without declaring it. That limit is set at $5000, but that’s also much more than you’ll need, at least when it comes to ordinary transactions you may enter into during your visit.
There are strict Covid measures in place in Bangladesh, and you should be mindful of them before and during your visit. You need to be vaccinated or test negative before entering the country. The test can’t be older than three days, and you’ll need two doses of one of the available vaccines.
It’s recommended not to travel if you’re sick, and you’ll need to comply with all the measures while in the country. For example, if the meetings you plan to take are done in person, you’ll need to keep your distance and wear a mask at all times. Those infected with Covid during their stay in Bangladesh need to spend 14 days in quarantine.
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