Published:  12:00 AM, 21 March 2017

UK govt issues travel advice on Bangladesh

The United Kingdom issued a fresh travel advice yesterday, asking its citizen to monitor news media before taking to the streets in blockade-hit Bangladesh. "If you're currently in Bangladesh, or intend to travel there, even if you're a regular visitor with family or business links you should monitor the media and regularly consult travel advice," said a foreign office travel advice.

"There is continuing tension between the government and the opposition Bangladesh Nationa-list Party (BNP) led 20
Party Alliance. Protests and demonstrations can quickly turn violent and lead to clashes with law enforcement agencies. Violent attacks, incidents of arson, and vandalism can suddenly break out across the country, mainly in towns and cities."

"Be vigilant at all times. If you see a demonstration developing, or are in a situation in which you feel unsafe, move away to a place of safety. Stay away from large gatherings, and avoid political offices and rallies. If you're travelling during a hartal (strike) avoid demonstrations and protests as they may quickly turn violent. There could be attacks on property and public transport," the advice read.  

"There have been reports of theft and harassment at Dhaka and Sylhet airports. Beware of touts offering to carry your bags. Arrange transfers in advance. Taxis, including those serving the airport, often overcharge and drivers have been known to rob passengers. Passport theft at Dhaka and Sylhet airports is a particular concern. Be vigilant and make sure your documents and any valuables are kept secure at all times."

It also said, "Consult a reliable local contact before going into unfamiliar areas or areas where there is a history of trouble." "If you need urgent help because something has happened to a friend or relative abroad, contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London on 020 7008 1500 (24 hours)," read out the advice.            

-AA News Desk    

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