Bhutan Visa

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Bhutan Visa

Visa Fees For Foreign Nationals  (Apart for Travellers from India, Bangladesh and Maldives)

The total cost for a Bhutan Visa is USD 250 per day during peak tourist season (March-May and September - November),  and USD 200 a day for the low season (December - February and June - August). This fee is inclusive of accommodation, transportation, meals, plenty of bottled water and special entry fees.

The tourists need to obtain a visa clearance before the Bhutan trip. Visas are processed through an online system by the licensed Bhutanese tour operators directly. 

Please note that you need to initialize your application through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator.

Your tour operator will apply for your visa.
1. You need to send a photocopy of your passport.
2. Proof of your occupation, proof of address and make full payment along with a visa fee of USD 40 apart from the fee mentioned above to Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB).
3. The approval letter is then sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which takes 72 hours to process the visa.

At your point of entry, show your visa clearance letter to get a visa stamp on your passport. The visa will be arranged for the exact number of days you have planned to stay in Bhutan. In case you want to extend, you can ask your tour operator to do so.


Visa Policy for Indians

The revised Visa policy for Indians is INR1,200 (USD17) per day. Children below the age of 5 needn’t pay any entry charges, and children from the age of 6 to 12 will be required to pay a fee of INR 600 per day. 

These charges called Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) is to help the government maintain the tourist traffic and regulate tourism from India, Maldives and Bangladesh.

This permit is only valid for Phuentsholing, Paro and Thimpu.
To travel beyond these three destinations, one has to extend its permit from the immigration office in Thimpu. Also, if one needs to extend the stay beyond 7 days, it can be done in the immigration office of Thimpu as well.

To increase tourism in the eastern regions of Bhutan, the government has levied the SDF for tourists visiting districts that fall in the east from Trashigang to Trongsa. 

a) Indian passport with a validity of at least 6 months
b) Voter Identity Card issued by Election Commission of India
c) Carry a photocopy of Passport and 2 passport sized photographs
d) Booking details of your stay for each day you will spend in Bhutan (This rule was implemented recently by immigration in Bhutan)
e) An itinerary for your trip

Visa for Indians - Fee & Requirements

1. Indian Passport with a validity of a minimum of 6 months
2. and/or Voter Identity Card issued by the Election Commission of India

Entry through the Borders 

Immigration Office of Royal Government of Bhutan located in the border city of Phuentsholing issues an 'Entry Permit' for Indian Travellers entering Bhutan by road.

The immigration office is only open from 8.00 am to 10 pm (Indian Time). The office is open only on the weekdays (closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays)
  1. Prepare an itinerary of your stay and take a print out of your hotel bookings
  2. Take copies of Passport/ Voter ID card 
  3. Passport size photographs

Entry through flight

Indians arriving by air must carry any one of the documents mentioned above to get Entry Permit at the Paro International Airport.
This permit is valid only for Paro and Thimpu. For travelling beyond these two cities, the tourists will require a 'special area permit' that will be issued by RGoB Immigration office in Thimpu between Monday and Friday.

Your Bhutan visa would be enclosed as an electronic document and will be received 3-10 days prior to your departure. A print out of that needs to be taken out and shown at DrukAir flight check-in counter and at the immigration checkpoint in Paro International Airport.

Please note - 'Identification Slip' is issued by Indian Consulate Office in Phuentsholing in the case of absence of a valid travel document. Proof of Indian Nationality has to be presented while applying for it.

Countries that do not need a Visa for Bhutan

India, Bangladesh and Maldives

Note: For any traveller who is not from India, Bangladesh or Maldives, a visa is required to enter and visit the country. The visa is issued by Tourism Council of Bhutan, whose centre of administration is in Thimphu. However, if an individual holds a service or diplomatic passport of Switzerland or Thailand, then he/she does not require a visa to visit Bhutan for up to 90 days.

Application for Bhutan Visa cannot be filed directly by an individual. Rather, Bhutan's local and authorized tour operator, with whom the tour package is booked, does this on your behalf. A local tour operator can either be booked directly or through a foreign travel agent.

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