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FAQ: Do you have a licence to drink?

  • Published at 05:45 pm August 1st, 2017
  • Last updated at 01:22 pm August 2nd, 2017
FAQ: Do you have a licence to drink?
Is alcohol illegal in Bangladesh? According to Bangladeshi law, alcohol is prohibited due to the majority of the population being Muslim. But there are provisions for foreigners and non-Muslims to consume alcohol. How can someone get a permit to drink? First, they have to visit a doctor (assistant professor or above) for examination. The doctor can either issue a clean bill of health and permit them limited consumption of alcohol or recommend alcohol for medical purposes. Then, they have to apply to the sub-regional/metro/divisional office of the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) for a licence. Applicants will have to submit two passport-size photos, a copy of the National ID card and the medical permit.
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Do foreigners also require permission to drink? No, but they have to drink in their homes or licensed bars/clubs. Do non-Muslims need permission to drink as well? Non-Muslims do not require a doctor’s permission, but they do need a licence from the DNC. How can someone sell liquor in Bangladesh? First, the Ministry of Commerce has to approve of the selling of liquor in the establishment. If the ministry approves, then an application has to be made to the sub-regional/metro/divisional office of the DNC with relevant paperwork. After a rigorous review, the DNC sends the compilation of reports to the Ministry of Home Affairs which can directly issue the approval or refuse, or form a committee to further investigate and then decide. For large-scale clubs like Gulshan Club or Dhaka Club and three-star hotels and above, the initial request has to be made directly to the director general of the DNC on their own letter pad. No new licences have been issued over the past three years.
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How many licensed bars are there? There are 140 bars and 37 warehouses licensed to store and sell liquor. The DNC has also issued licences to 185 rehab centres and 74 NGOs.
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