Bangladesh Everyday Life
Bangladesh Everyday life
Currency: Bangladeshi taka (abbr.: BDT)
Exchange rate: 99.7 BDT / 1 € (August 2020)
Time zone: UTC + 6
Country code (phone): +880
Climate of the capital Dhaka: subtropical
Formalities and entry
Bangladesh is a country located in southern Asia according to localtimezone. For a visa for Bangladesh, regardless of type, several documents are required. It is therefore necessary to start preparing visa documents early. You can either apply for a visa yourself or hire one of the visa service providers to do so for a fee. An example of such a service provider is Visum Centrale. However, their instructions often appear stricter than the message itself requires. In the case of a postal application, the processing time until the passport has landed in your own mailbox takes an average of three weeks. In August 2019, it turned out that information as given on the downloadable application form can be found, differ from the information on the other websites of the embassy in Berlin. This concerns the office hours and the account details for transferring the visa fees. The form is apparently not up-to-date. Please refer to the information on the other Internet pages, so use, for example, the account details linked here. One way of obtaining a tourist visa that is not officially issued is to hand in all of the documents in person to the embassy in the morning of a working day and to pick up the visa at the embassy on the same working day. However, no claim can be made on this rapid processing. To avoid trouble upon entry, the existing customs regulations are strictly observed. The largest airport in Bangladesh is the Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka. The forecourt of this airport is always very busy. The crowd there may seem intimidating on your first trip to Dhaka. It is therefore advisable to make an appointment to collect someone you know. Otherwise, cash can be changed, withdrawn, bought a SIM card or ordered a prepaid taxi directly in the airport building. There are also public payphones there. The prices or exchange rates are usually somewhat higher at the airport.
Housing and supply
All essentials are available in the larger cities. Grocery stores, pharmacies, vegetable stalls, housewares shops and the like are also open on weekends. The weekend in Bangladesh is Friday and Saturday. The business hours vary, however, depending on the size of a sales point and depending on whether it is a public holiday or weekend. Since these are often family businesses, the opening times can generally be individual. General stores, in which many other things are available from pineapple jam to toothpaste, dominate the offerings in many residential areas. The opening times of these shops are at least 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or sometimes even later. Authorities are usually open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and also take a lunch break around 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Housing in Bangladesh is mainly available through personal contacts. In the cities there are usually signs on the objects themselves. These are often titled ‘To let’ when in English. Real estate agents can also arrange housing.
Apartment advertisements on a gate
Twenty public holidays are celebrated in Bangladesh each year, including those of religious minorities. The most important holidays of the year for the Muslim population are the breaking of the fast and the festival of sacrifice. Opening times are restricted, especially during Lent, Ramadan. Then many residents mostly tacitly expect that out of consideration for the fasting people, no food will be consumed or smoked in public places.
Sensitive electronic devices should have an uninterrupted power supply (abbr .: UPS) connected upstream due to frequent mains fluctuations. This compensates for the fluctuations and, depending on the equipment of the model, can enable the device to continue operating in the event of a power failure.
The yellow pages help you find furnishings and much more.
Telecommunications, Internet and Currency
20 taka banknote
50 taka banknote
100 taka banknote
Getting an internet connection in Bangladesh is mostly straightforward. Widely used providers seem to be Robi and Grameenphone. These usually offer, among other things, USB surf sticks that can be used regardless of location. European cell phones are compatible with the Bangladeshi cellular network. The SIM cards in Bangladesh also have the same standard sizes and are therefore also compatible with cell phones brought from Europe.
500 taka banknote
The official currency of the country is called Taka (abbr.: Tk, BDT). Their smaller units are called Poisha. One taka is equal to 100 poishas. Banknotes in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 Taka are circulating in Bangladesh. Usually several older versions of the respective banknotes are in circulation. Coins are available in values of 1 and 5 Tk as well as 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 Poisha .
Foreign currency can be exchanged for local currency at all banks in the country. In the big cities, paying by credit card is easy.