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Bangladesh customs regulations

It is important to know about customs regulations before traveling to Bangladesh to avoid legal issues and potential fines. As you know, customs regulations widely depend on the country. Before traveling to (or from) Bangladesh make sure to check the allowance and limits for the next things:

  • Alcohol and tobacco
  • Currency
  • Medicines (especially those containing drugs)
  • Animals
  • Cultural artifacts
  • Plants, fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products

Check the information below to be sure that you are complying with Bangladesh customs regulations.

Import regulations in Bangladesh

Duty-free allowance

Tobacco limit

One of:

  • 200 cigarettes;
  • 50 cigars;
  • 0.5 pounds of manufactured tobacco;
  • or any combination of the above not exceeding 0.5 pounds in weight.

Bringing alcohol

  • 2 bottles of spirits weighing up to 2 litres.

Cash limit

  • There are no restrictions on the importation of foreign currency into Bangladesh, however funds of more than US$5000 must be declared to the customs authorities.
  • Bangladeshi residents importing US$5000 or over must deposit these funds in an appropriate foreign currency account within 30 days of arrival.
  • Travellers may import up to Tk5000 without declaration.

Other goods

  • 0.5 pints of perfume and eau de toilette.
  • Tourists may import a limited number of goods for personal use during their visit. For further information, please visit Bangladesh Customs Tourists Baggage (Import) Rules.

Prohibited items

The following are goods which cannot be brought into the country.

  • Narcotics and psychotropic substances.
  • Counterfeit currency.
  • Maps and globes which do not indicate the territory of Bangladesh in accordance with the Land Record and Survey Department.
  • Obscene and subversive literature, photos, videos, and other media.
  • Books, newspapers, photos, videos, and other media likely to outrage the religious feelings and beliefs of citizens of Bangladesh.
  • Goods of secondary or sub-standard quality.
  • Goods inaccurately marked as being produced in Bangladesh.
  • Reconditioned office equipment and old electronic items.
  • Live swine and its derivative products.
  • Industrial sludge and fertiliser.
  • Waste.

Restricted items

These goods are strictly regulated, and in most cases require a permit to be obtained prior to arrival.

  • Plants and their derivative products require an import permit issued by the National Plant Quarantine Authority. For further information, please visit the Agricultural Extension Department of the People's Republic of Bangladesh.
  • The import of gold and jewellery are subject to certain restrictions. For further information, please visit Gold and Jewellery Allowance.
  • Endangered animals, plants, and their derivative products protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) may require protected species permits.

Information has been updated: .