Bangladesh area guide for expats



Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world and the poverty is visible everywhere. The roads are not well maintained, there are lots of street children begging. Many expats move to Bangladesh to work for one of the many international retailers who have factories in the country and others come to work for NGOs. There is quite a large expat population living in the country. We’ve put together useful info to help you settle in and find your way around.


Expat Clubs

Dhaka Club Limited

Dhaka Club Ltd. is the oldest recreational organization and the largest of elite clubs in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Address: Ramna, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh

Tel: +880 9671960,+ 880 9672620, +880 9663965

Fax: +880 29672639, +880 29672623

Email: [email protected]


Uttara Club Limited

The Uttara Club is one of the latest of the clubs that have come up in Dhaka and by now has its own premises on nearly 1.5 acres of land in Sector # 1 of Uttara, with 1376 members (including 48 Foreign National Members).

Address: Plot # 6, Road # 9, Sector # 1, Uttara Model Town, Dhaka – 1230, Bangladesh

Tel: +880 8920641, +880 8913143

Fax: +880 28920642

Email: [email protected]


International Schools 

Aga Khan Education Services (AKES)

The Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) has a long tradition of leadership in educational development. The foundations of the present system were laid by Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah, Aga Khan III, under whose guidance over 200 schools were established during the first half of the 20th century, the first of them in 1905 in Zanzibar, Gwadur in Pakistan and Mundra in India.

Curriculum: British, IGCSE, A levels


Primary Building - Road 9, Sector 4, Uttara Model Town, Dhaka 1230, Bangladesh

Junior Building - Road 6, Sector 4, Uttara Model Town, Dhaka 1230, Bangladesh

Senior Building - Road 6A, Sector 4, Uttara Model Town, Dhaka 1230, Bangladesh

Tel (Primary Building): +880 2 895 0029, +880 2 891 4042

Tel (Junior Building): +880 2 892 0481, +880 2 892 0482

Tel (Senior Building): +880 2 895 9722, +880 2 791 4538


Australian International School, Dhaka

AusIS is the first overseas school to be affiliated with the prestigious Association of Independent School of Western Australia (AISWA) and is currently working toward full endorsement with AISWA.

Curriculum: Australian


Campus 1 Early Childhood to Year 3 - S.E.A/5, Road no.- 135, Gulshan - 1, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Campus 2 Year 4 to Year 7 - 2B, Road no.- 84, Gulshan -2, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Campus 3 Year 8 to 12 - House no.- 17, Road no.- 99, Gulshan -2, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Tel (Campus 1): +880 2 9881259, +880 2 8831905, Mobile: +880 1711567236

Tel (Campus 2): +880 2 8831904,+880 2 9892614, Mobile: +880 1713486813

Tel: (Campus 3): +880 2 8881344, Mobile: +880 1762001083


Chittagong Grammar School

CGS an associate member of the Round Square organization of International schools.

Curriculum: British

Address: House Numbers 8 & 9 B,Road No-83,Gulshan-2,Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh.

Tel: +880 2 8826373, +880 2 8826775

Email: [email protected]


Grace International School

High-quality child-centered primary education based on a British curriculum in a Christian environment for expatriate children in Bangladesh.

Curriculum: English National Curriculum


Grace Early Years - House 187, Road 69, Gulshan 2, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh

Grace Primary School - House 1, Road 63, Gulshan 2, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh

Grace Secondary School - House 11, Road 6, Gulshan 1, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh

Tel (Early Years) - +880 171 3049 952

Tel (Primary) - +880 2 9851101, Mobile: +880 181 9237 109

Tel (Secondary) - +880 2 8814469, +8802 8810088, Mobile: +880 175 5582 355

Email: [email protected]


International School Dhaka

ISD is an international and co-educational day school, founded in 1999, that was built to accommodate students from Playgroup to Grade 12. The school provides a high-quality international education for both the local and the international community.

Curriculum: MYP, PYP, International Baccalaureate.

Address: Plot 80, Block E, Bashundhara R/A, (Opposite Apollo Hospital), Dhaka-1229, Bangladesh

Tel: +880 2 840110, +880 8402878

Mobile: +880 1 819231100

Fax: +880 2 8401622

Email: [email protected]


International Turkish Hope High School

I.T.H.S. tries its best to introduce modern methods and techniques in teaching and education according to international standards. It also tries to build a bridge between Bangladeshi and Turkish educational community.

Curriculum: IGCSE, GCE

Address: Bangladesh Plot:07, Road:6, Sec:4 Uttara, Dhaka-1230, Bangladesh

Tel: +880 2 8956999, +880 2 8963722

Fax: +880 2 8954242

Email: [email protected]


Oxford International School

Oxford International School (OIS) is an English medium co-education School following the academic programme of the University of Cambridge, UK up to GCE O and A Level.

Curriculum: British

Address: House # 34, Road # 27 (old), Dhanmondi R/A, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Tel: +880 2 9115392, +880 2 9145587

Fax: +880 2 9145560

Email: [email protected]


Scholastica, Dhaka

Address: House 3/D, Road 2/A, Block J, Baridhara, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh

Tel: +880 2 8815222, +880 2 9887277

Fax: +880 2 8813141

Email: [email protected]


Local News in English

News from Bangladesh

NFB is a Daily interactive On Line News Monitoring (aggregated, News Service) site in English, focusing mainly on Expatriate Bangladesh, but not limited to such. This site monitors major news events on Bangladesh, news pertaining to Bangladesh and on other important global issues


The Daily Star

The Daily Star established its place in the media scene of Bangladesh on January 14, 1991. It started its journey with a sense of challenge and a feeling of humility to serve this nation as a truly independent newspaper. The newspaper made its debt at a historic time when, with the fall of an autocratic regime, the country was well set to begin a new era towards establishing a democratic system of government which eluded Bangladesh for too long.


Country Information 

Location: Asia

Capital City: Dhaka

Other Important Cities:

Currency: Taka ( BDT )

Language: Bengali (Bangla)

Calling Code: +880

Internet TLD: .bd

Electricity:  The country runs on 220V 50Hz. The electricity supply in Bangladesh is rather unreliable and only about half the population are connected to the grid. Dhaka Electric Supply Company is a private company that provides electricity in the city.

Address: 22/B, Faruque Sarani, Nikunja-2, Dhaka – 1219, Bangladesh

Tel: +880 2 8900110, +880 2 8900111

Fax: +880 2 8900100

Email: [email protected]


Emergency Numbers: 


Fire: 199

Police: 999

Country Information

Country Study

Embassy Information

Residents Visa and Work Permit information

Certain nationals are required to have a visa to enter Bangladesh. These must be arranged through the embassy or consulate of Bangladesh in your home or host country. There are different visas available which depend on the nature and duration of your visit: tourist, business, employment/work, NGO, student, investor, missionary, diplomatic, journalist, and researcher.

Documents for Visa Application
  • Passport with minimum 6 (six) months validity.
  • Filled-in visa application (DIP Form-4). (Incomplete application will be returned without visa.)
  • Visa fee
  • Two recent photographs (size: 45 mm x 35 mm)
  • Self-addressed pre-paid registered envelope or return pre-paid courier.
  • Relevant supporting papers depending upon the purpose of visit.

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Expats live in a bit of a bubble in Bangladesh, while most of the country is very poor, those that live in the posh expat areas have the benefits of having a full time cleaner, cook and nanny. People also rely on a driver to get around.

The three most popular expat areas are Gulshan, Baridhara and Banani. Gulshan is now home to a number of the city's restaurants, shopping centres, schools and members' clubs. The neighbourhood also hosts the majority of embassies and high commissions in Dhaka. Northeast of Gulshan, across Gulshan-Baridhara Lake, you will find the affluent area of Baridhara. This is a specialized zone designated for diplomats with many foreign embassies and high commissions situated here. 

Real estate agents are useful in securing accommodations in Bangladesh. Your local employer can make this arrangement. Most expats live in apartments, as they are most popular type of housing in the more affluent areas. The rent in these upscale areas is realistically affordable for someone on an expat package.

Driving License

Foreign visitors intend to drive should hold an International driving permit. A valid International driving permit is valid in Bangladesh until it expires, thereafter you may have to take the Bangladeshi driving test, or apply for a new international driving permit. Most expats choose to hire a driver and a car as it is more comfortable to be driven around, especially given that the road conditions leave much to be desired. For more information on obtaining a driving license or international driving permit in Bangladesh please visit:   


Health and education levels remain relatively low, although they have improved recently as poverty levels have decreased. The poor health conditions in Bangladesh are attributed by the lack of healthcare and services provision by the government. Routine vaccinations are advised before travelling to Bangladesh. Also make sure to acquire a comprehensive medical insurance.

Insurance Companies

Bangladesh Insurance Company

Established in 1985 as the first general insurance company in private sector, BGIC has since developed substantially with all the strengths and details prudently essential of an insurance company.

Address: 42, Dilkusha C/A Motijheel Dhaka, Bangladesh

Tel: +880 2 9555073, +880 2 9555074

Fax: +880 2 9564212

Email: [email protected]


Delta Life Insurance Company Limited

Address: Delta Life Tower (2nd Floor), Plot # 37, Road # 45 (South) & 90 (North), Gulshan Circle – 2, Dhaka – 1212, Bangladesh

Tel: +880 2 8823322

Fax: +880 2 8831739

Email: [email protected]


People’s Insurance Company Limited

Peoples Insurance Company Limited is proud to stand beside its' valued customer and the general People of Bangladesh when they are in disaster. The company is always a friend of its valued customer through its business responsibility and also through its corporate social responsibility.

Address: (15th Floor), 36, Dilkusha C/A, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh

Tel: +880 2 9564166, +880 2 9578319

Fax: +880 2 9564166, + 880 2 9578320

Email: [email protected]


United Insurance Company

United Insurance Company Ltd. (UICL) is a Public Limited General Insurance Company (Non-Life) maintaining the traditional values of insurance business since commencement in 1985. The Company transact a wide range of General Insurance business in Bangladesh including Health Plan Scheme and has gradually developed goodwill and expertise in the field with sound and stable financial position.

Address: Camellia House, 22 Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh

Tel: +880 2 8619336, +880 2 9667999, +880 2 8631447

Fax: +880 2 8622330

Email: [email protected]



Square Hospital

Square Hospitals Limited, a concern of Square Group is a 320-bed tertiary care hospital. The hospital is an affiliate partner of Methodist Healthcare, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, SingHealth, Singapore, Bangkok Hospital Medical Centre, Thailand and Christian Medical College, Vellore, India.

Address: 18F, Bir Uttam Qazi Nuruzzaman Sarak, West Panthapath, Dhaka 1205, Bangladesh

Tel: +880 2 8159457, +880 2 8142431

Email: [email protected]


United Hospital

United Hospital Ltd was borne out of a vision to provide a complete and one-stop healthcare solution to the people of Bangladesh. Opening its doors in August 2006 and situated besides the picturesque Gulshan Lake, this hospital is one of the largest private sector healthcare facilities in Bangladesh. With a capacity to house over 450 patients and established across a total covered area of over 400,000 sq. ft., the hospital has 11 state of the art operation theatres to cater to the needs of our varied patient base.

Address: Plot 15, Road 71, Gulshan , Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh

Tel: +880 2 8836444, +880 2 8836000

Fax: +880 2 8836446

Email: [email protected]


Apollo Hospitals Dhaka

Apollo Hospitals Dhaka is the only JCI Accredited 450-bed multi-disciplinary super-specialty tertiary care hospital in Bangladesh, confidently providing comprehensive health care with the latest medical, surgical and diagnostic facilities. These services are provided by expert medical professionals, skilled nurses and technologists using state-of-the-art technology. It is an eleven-storied building built on four acres of land with 435,000 square feet floor space, which was constructed with assistance of renowned architecture company Smith Group, USA. The hospital is a joint project of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited and STS Holdings Limited (STS Group).

Appointment & Emergency: 10678

Address :Plot: 81, Block: E, Bashundhara R/A, Dhaka 1229, Bangladesh

PABX: (02) 8431661- 5

Fax: (02)-8431679, (02)-8431161, (02)-8431691

For general enquiries:[email protected]