Visa and entry requirements Bangladesh:
Passport required
German citizens need a visa to enter Bangladesh.
It is currently possible to obtain a visa on arrival at Dhaka International Airport.
Visa cost: 51 USD

Information from the Foreign Office about your trip to Bangladesh:

Bangladesh is a country in South Asia with around 170 million inhabitants. The country borders Myanmar in the southeast, the Bay of Bengal in the south and is surrounded by India in all other directions.

Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries on the Asian continent. The official language of the state is Bengali and the national currency is the Bangladeshi Taka, where 1 euro is equivalent to around 90 BDT.

The country's largest cities include Dhaka, Chittagong, Tongi, Narayanganj, Khulna, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Kumilla and Barishal.

The land area of Bangladesh is predominantly flat and only has a hilly landscape in the southeast, with the 1,003 meter high “Mowdok Mual” as the highest point in the country.

In the remaining areas of tropical rainforest in the national territory, you can still find leopards, elephants, bears, monkeys, deer, the well-known Bengal tigers and numerous bird species.

Almost 88% of Bangladesh's residents profess Islam. Additionally, around 10% Hindus and some Buddhists make up the eighth largest population in the world.

Bangladesh's most important economic sectors include agriculture, with the cultivation of rice, jute, sugar cane, tea, corn, wheat, tobacco and vegetables, as well as the textile industry, where clothing is produced for several international fashion chains. With an export share of around 82%, Bangladesh is the third largest textile manufacturer in the world.

The only mineral resources the country has are coal and oil for its own needs.

The capital of Bangladesh is Dhaka with around 12 million inhabitants in the urban area and around 21 million in the surrounding metropolitan area. Dhaka is both the political and economic center of the country and is one of the fastest growing cities in the world.

The most important sights in Dhaka include the Bara Katra Palace, the National Mosque, the Dhakeshwari Temple, the National Parliament - one of the largest government buildings in the world, the Martyrs' Memorial, the Lalbag Fort with its "Red Garden", the Military Museum, the Ahsan Manzil Pink Palace, the National Museum, the Star Mosque, the Local History Museum, the Armenian Church, the New Market, the Ramna Park, the Baitul Mukarram Mosque, the Gulshan Lake Park, the Botanical Garden, the planetarium, the art gallery, the national stadium and the university mosque.

In October 2013 I visited the city of Dhaka in Bangladesh twice, for two days immediately before my trip to Bhutan and then one day after my return.

I lived there privately in the more modern district of Gulshan, with a very nice family that I met through the Couchsurfing internet portal. The guided day trip with my friendly host was very interesting and extremely eventful.

Despite the apparent considerable poverty in the city, there were still some interesting attractions to admire. However, due to the sometimes completely overcrowded and chaotic traffic on Dhaka's streets, getting around with the super cheap rickshaws sometimes took several hours for a relatively short distance. Actually, it was sometimes a lot of fun and sometimes even more worth seeing than the current state of some of the ancient buildings.

Basically, in all my travels around the world, I have never visited a city that was anywhere near as crowded as Dhaka. This city was actually pure madness, people on top of people, like I had never seen before. In fact, all the bridges over the main street were so full that people down on both sides had to queue and wait, unbelievable.

Bangladesh and its capital Dhaka are certainly not particularly suitable for a longer tourist stay, but for a few days it can be worth seeing and exciting.