Bangladesh Passport Ranking
The Bangladeshi passport currently ranks at the 98th place according to the Guide Passport Ranking Index. It is considered one of the lowest ranking passports in the world. Bangladeshi passport holders have visa-free access to only 41 countries including Indonesia, Dominica, Madagascar and Seychelles. There are 185 destinations for which an Afghani passport holder requires to obtain a visa prior to traveling. That is the reason why the passport raking is low on the overall worldwide mobility score. For major destinations such as USA and the European Union, Bangladeshis require to apply for a visa in advance. Visa applicants need to present documents such as proof of funds and return flight ticket.
The People’s Republic of Bangladesh is a former British colony in Southern Asian made of 8 divisions. It borders India, Burma and the Bay of Bengal. The most significant divisions are Dhaka, Chittagong and Rajshahi. The country has a total surface area of 148,460 square kilometers, which is dominated by flat plains. Its climate is tropical with a heavy rain monsoon season.
The overall population is 161 million people. The capital of the country is Dhaka, which is also the most populous city with over 21 million inhabitants followed by Chittagong and Khulna. The largest airport is Shahjalal International Airport (DAC) with an approximately yearly passenger traffic of 8 million people. The airport is named after Shah Jalal, one of the most famous Sufi saints of Bangladesh. The Airport serves most of the region with occasional flights to Europe and the Middle East.
Bangladesh’s culture is dominated by Islam with 90% of the population being Muslim. The official language is Bangla. The legal system is a mix of civil and the Islamic sharia law. The government form is a parliamentary republic. The current chief of state is elect president is Abdul Hamid and the head of government Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. All divisions have their regional governments, reporting to the central government in Kabul.
The official currency is the Bangladeshi taka (BDT). Its current exchange rate is about 85 taka to the USD. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $864 billion, making it the 29th largest economy in the world. The per capita income is $5,209. The largest portion of the GDP is generated by the services and industry sector. The GDP has been growing steadily at a strong rate of over 7% during the past years. Bangladesh’s biggest export products are clothing, shoes and agricultural products.
The country has many natural and culturally unique attractions for tourists to explore. Bangladesh boasts with 3 UNESCO world heritage sites which are two cultural and one natural site. Some of the most popular tourist destinations are: The Sundarbans Mangrove Forest, the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Rangamati, Cox’s Bazar (the longest unbroken beach in the world) and the Mosque City of Bagerhat. The capital Dhaka also offers a variety of museums and exhibitions showcasing the history and natural beauty of the country.