Country: Lush, green, and flowing with rivers, Bangladesh is officially known as the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and is located in South Asia. Bangladesh is bordered on the south by the Bay of Bengal, on the west, north, and east by India, and on the southeast by Burma.
Bangladesh is home to more than 160 million people, making it the eighth most populous country in the world. The capital of Bangladesh is Dhaka. The official language is Bangla (Bengali), although English, while not officially recognized, is widely spoken.
To access emergency services: Dial 999
Currency: Taka (BDT)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Bangladesh, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers.
What to expect in a Bangladesh hospital: In major cities, like Dhaka, hospitals are more likely to meet international standards. Outside of the major cities, health and medical facilities are less likely to meet these standards, and should you find yourself in need of critical or specialized care, you will be evacuated to a facility that is equipped to handle your treatment.
It would be wise to check with your embassy and your insurance company prior to travel for your health care needs, but keep in mind that cash payment will be expected at the time of service.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Bangladesh: To read about specific facilities which are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Bangladesh - specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or the WHO for up-to-date travel notices.