The citizen of Bangladesh, India and Maldives do not require VISA to enter Bhutan. People from other countries except from Bangladesh, India and Maldives need a VISA permit while traveling to Bhutan. The VISA processing for Bhutan requires a readable color copy of passport via email that has at least six month of validity from the date of exit from Bhutan. The file (Scan Copy) should be forwarded to via email in JPEG or PDF format. The passport number and picture of the applicant should be visible in the e-document.
The application should be processed at least 10 days prior to the date of entry to Bhutan. The tourism council of Bhutan then issues a VISA clearance letter and fax or email it to the local travel agent. Please note that the VISA service is not offered in Bhutan, travelers have to buy full service package from the local tour operator. Travelers traveling by air are required to produce a printed VISA clearance copy at the time of check-in for Druk Air flight. People traveling by land to enter Bhutan via Phuentshoking or Samdrup Jonkhar are required to produce a VISA clearance letter at the immigration center. The actual VISA is stamped in your passport on your arrival in Bhutan.
A visa fee of US$40 is charged by the Department of Immigration. In case of extension of your visa you will have to pay US$20 as extension fee.
You can apply for a tourist visa for any length of time or ask for extension for any duration.
Tourist visa gives you permit to travel to all most all the places in Bhutan. For some places special permits are required which we will apply for you.
For travelers, entering Bhutan by road through border towns, visa is stamped on arrival at border gates.
Your visa has to be approved prior to air ticketing and your arrival in Bhutan. Once you are ready to confirm your tour arrangements we will apply for your visas. We will need all of the following details.
01: Your full name (EXACTLY as it appears in your passport) First, Midde and Surname
02: Permanent address
05: Passport number
06: Date of issue and expiration of passport
07: Date and place of birth
08: Telephone Nos
09: Color Passport Size Photo
10: Passport has to be valid for another 6 (Six) Months from your Bhutan arrival
11: Scanned copy of your Passport
Your Bhutan visa will be stamped in your passport only when you arrive in Bhutan. Bhutan Visa Fees of US$ 20 which you need to wire together with your Airline and Tour Payment to us in advance to process your Bhutan Visa and purchase Air tickets.
The most convenient way of entering Bhutan is by Drukair and Bhutan Airlines, the country’s national carrier. As flights can be delayed due to weather conditions (particularly during the summer months), it is advisable to allow 24 hours before any onward connection. Drukair and Bhutan Airlines are the only airlines flying to Bhutan.
Air Route map of Bhutan
- Dhaka, Bangladesh
- Kolkata, India
- Gaya, India
- New Delhi, India
- Bagdora, India
- Guwahati, India
- Katmandu, Nepal
Baggage weight limits are:
- 30 kg for Business Class
- 20 kg for Economy Class
Extra luggage cost per kilogram is:
- US $5.00 / kg from BKK
- US $4.00 / kg from DEL
- US $2.50 / kg from all others
Arrival or departure by land is also possible through the southern border town of Phuentsholing. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra, West Bengal, about 4 hours drive away. Phuentsholing allows entry/exit for travelers wishing to visit the Indian states of Sikkim and West Bengal along with Bhutan. It is possible to arrange land exit through the southeastern border town of Samdrup Jongkhar, which is approximately 3 hours drive from Guwahati, capital of the Indian state of Assam. You can also entry or exit by southern boarder Gelephu. Please check with us if you are interested in this route.
It would be very convenient if you arrive at Bangkok, Singapore, Delhi or Kathmandu, one day earlier to the flight departure for Bhutan. The Bhutan flights usually depart early in the morning. We cannot be held responsible if you miss the connection to Bhutan, though we will do our best to help you get on the next flight and to extend your visa. All additional costs incurred will be borne by you. Similarly, on the return journey, we would not advise you to book a flight which connects on the same day unless you have a ticket that allows some flexibility. Bhutan flight schedules are subject to weather conditions in the mountains and are often altered at the last minute.
Our national airline flies several times a week between most of its destinations, but flight timings and frequency vary according to season. Bhutan airlines website includes details of current flight schedules and airfares (airfare cancellation policy). Please check the drukair or bhutanairlines or contact us for the latest information when planning your travel arrangements. Please let us know if you would like the current flight schedule.
The magnificent mountain landscape en route is seen at its best in the winter months, when skies are generally very clear. While flying via Kathmandu to Paro you experience the most impressive view of the Himalayan Mountain Ranges, including the Everest region. Mountain Kanchenjunga is visible for some time on all routes when the weather is clear. Flying to and from Bhutan is a lifetime experience to be cherished.
Visitors have to complete a passenger declaration form which will be checked by custom officials at the exit point.
After collecting your baggage, you must decide which channel to take – Green Channel (nothing to declare) or the Red Channel (goods to declare).
As per international risk management practice, random checks on your baggage may be conducted by the Customs official, even if you are proceeding through the Green Channel.
- the visitor shall be allowed to import temporarily free of Customs duty his/her personal effects and articles required for the visit, provided that items imported are for personal use and that the items will be re-exported on their leaving Bhutan.
- 1 bottle of Spirits not larger than one liter.
- 1 carton of Cigarettes (containing 200 pieces) subject to 100 percent customs duty and 100 percent sales tax
- device, equipment or appliances for professional utilization
- photographic equipment, video cameras and other electronic gadget for personal use
- The articles mentioned under (d) and (e) must be declared on the declaration form. If these items are disposed of in Bhutan by sale or gift, they are liable for customs duty. Visitors are required to surrender their forms to the Customs authorities while departing.
Import/export of the following goods is prohibited.
- Arms, ammunition and explosives.
- All narcotics and drugs excluding medically prescribed drugs.
- Wildlife products, especially those of endangered species.
- Imports of plants, soils etc. are subject to quarantine regulations. These items must be cleared on arrival.
Visitors are advised to be cautious in purchasing old and used items, especially of religious or cultural significance, as such items cannot be exported without a clearance certificate.
If you have any question about Bhutan Tour and Trekking Holidays or need any assistance to plan your Tour trekking in Bhutan, simply send us an email and we will get back to you right away.