NOTE: The information below is just a general guide. Please refer to the relevant embassy/consulate for updated information.
Valid passport is required by all nationals.
Note: Tourists to Bhutan are obliged to use Druk Air (the only airline serving Bhutan) either on entering or leaving the country. The government may refuse entry to those wishing to visit for mountaineering, publicity and other research activities.
Everybody except citizens of India and Bangladesh must apply for a visa at least 30 days in advance of their proposed date of entry into Bhutan. There is no issuing of visa on arrival.
Air tickets cannot be purchased without visa clearance.
Visas are only issued to tourists booked with a local licensed tour operator, or through a foreign travel agent. All applications are submitted through the tour operator.
Visas are issued (stamped in passport) on arrival at Paro Airport or at Phuentsholing check post.
Types of Visa & Cost
Validity of Visa
Visas are initially granted for stays of up to 14 days. The Bhutan Tourism Corporation Limited (BTCL) can apply for an extension of tourist visas for an additional fee per person.
(a) Application forms, which may be obtained from the BTCL, who should be contacted directly.
(b) Faxed details of passport to the BTCL prior to arrival.
(c) All necessary documents for transiting India.
(d) Confirmed onward or return ticket.
(e) Sufficient funds for length of stay (Mar-May, Sep-Nov: $200 per day; Jun-Aug, Dec-Feb: $165 per day).
(g) Two passport-size photos.
Note: Travellers must arrange any visit to Bhutan through an authorised travel agent. Those travelling independently are not permitted to enter Bhutan. Most visits are trouble-free.
Visa clearance takes at least 10 days to process and should be applied for at least 60 days prior to arrival in Bhutan.