To aid in minimising the spread of Covid-19, we are postponing face-to-face public services and access to our premises for now.

Last updated: 25 July 2021

At the British Council, the health and safety of all our visitors, staff, partners and the communities in which we operate, is our top priority. Therefore, to aid in minimising the spread of Covid-19, we are suspending public access to our library, cultural centre and front of office services in Dhaka, Chattogram and Sylhet and regular face-to-face public courses and classes in all our centres, for now. However, to maximise students’ learning opportunities, we are running classes online. We will inform all our valued stakeholders before we open for regular face-to-face services, through all our channels.

Pearson Edexcel has cancelled International GCSE and International AS/A Level exams for the May/June 2021 series. Students will receive teacher-based assessment. Find more about this here

In alignment with the Government of Bangladesh's directives, Cambridge will switch from exams to school-assessed grades for the June 2021 series in Bangladesh. Please review the latest statement from Cambridge.

In compliance with the Government of Bangladesh’s latest directives, all the British Council IELTS tests have been suspended from 7 July to 5 August in Bangladesh. We are contacting all affected test takers to advise next course of action.

Our Digital Library offering access to thousands of books, magazines, films, music and newspapers is there for you to sign up to (Become a library member) and our free online resources and study options, (visit our Learn English portal) remain available to all.


The Customer Services of the British Council will be responding to queries through email (, Facebook (BritishCouncilBangladesh), and telephone (+88 09666773377) in the office hours from 09.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

We are monitoring and reviewing the situation very closely and will continue to take relevant measures as advised by the Government of Bangladesh and WHO, in the days ahead. We thank you for your continued support and urge all of you to continue to follow the basic hygiene practices such as frequently washing hands with soap, using hand sanitiser, wearing mask, maintaining physical distance while around people and staying at home if unwell.