List of visa-free countries for Bangladeshi passport holders in 2021


Passport certifies the identity and nationality of its bearer by the government for all international travel while the Visa is a permit issued by a country to a foreigner to enter and stay in the country for a certain period. All rules and regulations depend on the country of the passport holder. Sometimes this rule is very strict, in some cases it is very relaxed. This feature will focus on the list of countries where Bangladeshi passport holders can travel without a visa.

Visa-free countries for Bangladeshi passport holders

According to data from the International Air Transport Authority, the Henley Passport Index publishes a ranking of countries around the world by verifying the visa process of 199 passports at 227 destinations each year. According to its 2021 edition, Bangladesh’s ranking is 108, 10 points lower than last year.

In this ranking, holders of a valid Bangladeshi passport will be able to travel to 40 countries without a visa. Of these, 19 countries have visas on arrival, which means that visas can be obtained by applying just before entering the destination country. Electronic visas will only be available for entry into Sri Lanka. In addition, Bangladeshi citizens do not have to perform any visa-related activities in the case of the remaining 20 countries.

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19 countries with visas on arrival

Africa (13)

Madagascar, Mauritania, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Togo, Uganda, Cape Verde, Comoros and Guinea-Bissau

Asia (3)

Maldives, Nepal and Timor-Leste

United States (1)


Oceania (2)

Samoa and Tuvalu

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20 countries without any visa activity

Africa (2)

Gambia and Lesotho

Asia (2)

Bhutan and Indonesia

Caribbean (11)

Bahamas, Jamaica, Barbados, Grenada, Dominica, Haiti, Montserrat, British Virgin Islands, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Oceania (5)

Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Fiji, Micronesia and Niue.

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Global Bangladeshi Passport Free Visa Status

Considering the state of Bangladesh passports over the past two decades, a retrospective view emerges. Bangladeshi passport holders with free visas had the most travel opportunities in 2010 and 2014. During that period, a Bangladeshi passport holder could have traveled to a total of 42 countries without a visa.

In 2006, Bangladesh’s position was the highest; 68th. However, at that time the number of destinations calculated in the Henley Passport Index was much lower than it is today (227). Bangladeshi passport holders had visa-free permits in 28 countries.

From 2009 to 2021, the minimum number of visa-free countries for Bangladesh was 38 and the year was 2017. In other years, the number increased from 39 to 41. The number of 2019 (40) returned this year.

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Last word

According to data from the International Air Transport Authority, Bangladesh passport is constantly declining in terms of ranking. However, a few years have shown some improvement. From 2012 to 2013, he moved from 93rd to 85th place. Rank 99 to 95 for three consecutive years from 2015 to 2017. Statistics from 2018 to 2020 are also the same which went from 100 to 98. But the record for 108th place in 2021 has faded from the level slowly increasing over the past six years.


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