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Travel safety warning for CHT

Travel safety warning for CHT

by International News Safety Instute
Nov , 2006

Local Travel

All but essential travel to the Chittagong Hill Tracts (this does not include Chittagong City) should be limited. If you must visit the area, you should only stay in the main towns of Khagrachari, Rangamati and Bandarban and only travel on the main roads.

Security in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, which include the areas of Khagrachari, Rangamati and Bandarban, continues to be a cause for concern. There is a risk of visitors to the area being caught up in violent disputes between rival political groups, clashes between such groups and the authorities, or of becoming victims of crimes targeted at foreign tourists. Disputes have led to protests and on occasion the blocking of main roads for several days. In February 2004, a person working for a tour company was kidnapped from a hill resort in the Bandarban area, and foreign guests were robbed at gunpoint. If you must travel for essential business, ensure that adequate security precautions and procedures are in place before arrival. The Bangladesh authorities require foreigners who propose to visit the Chittagong Hill Tracts to let the local authorities have seven days’ notice of their travel plans. A central point of contact is the Chittagong Divisional Commissioner’s Office (tel: 031 617400/615247; fax: 031 617400/614961) or Deputy Commissioner’s Office (tel: 031 621001/619996; fax: 031 620570).

We advise you to inform your representation office in Dhaka in advance if your travel itinerary includes the Chittagong Hill Tracts. You should carry some form of identification when visiting the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

You should exercise particular care near the Akhaura border area in Bramanbaria district. There are occasional skirmishes between the Indian and Bangladeshi border guards, including heavy fire, and civilians have been accidentally killed in the crossfire.

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