With the exception of visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives, all other visitors to Bhutan need a visa.
Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals can obtain a visa at the port of entry on producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6 month validity (Indian nationals may also use their Voters Identity Card (VIC)).
All other tourists must obtain a visa clearance prior to travel to Bhutan. Visas are processed through an online system by your licensed Bhutanese tour operator, directly or through a foreign travel agent.
You are required to send the photo-page of your passport to your tour operator who will then apply for your visa. The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday (including a USD $40 visa fee) has been wire transferred and received in the TCB bank account. Once received the visa clearance will be processed within 72 working hours.
At your point of entry you will be required to show your visa clearance letter, The visa will then be stamped into your passport.
Visas are required for traveling to Bhutan. No foreign mission/embassy abroad grants tourist visas for Bhutan. Visas are processed through the local tour operator such as Far East Himalaya in conjunction with the tour booking.
We will apply for your Bhutan visa after the full tour payment is received and will require the following:
Scanned Passport Copy (pg w/pic & details) sent via email. Your photo must be clear.
Your passport should be valid for at least 6 month after your planned date of departure from Bhutan.
Arrival by Air
Visa applications are cleared in advance, and a visa clearance doc will be forwarded to you. The visa clearance doc is required for check-in/boarding the flight to Bhutan.
On arrival at the Paro International Airport, the actual visa is stamped on your passport.
Passport size photo is NOT required for Immigration at Paro Airport.
Arrival by Land (border towns of Phuntsholing & Samdrup Jongkhar).
Visa applications are cleared in advance, and a visa clearance doc will be forwarded to you. The visa clearance doc is required at the border Immigration Check Points at Phuntsholing & Samdrup Jongkhar & Gelephu.
On arrival at the border town Immigration Check Points at Phuntsholing & Samdrup Jongkhar & Gelephu, the actual visa is stamped on your passport.
Passport size photo is NOT required..
Finger prints and photos will be taken at the at border town Immigration Check Points at Phuntsholing & Samdrup Jongkhar.