Bhutan Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes Yes
British Yes Yes Yes
Canadian Yes Yes Yes
Other EU Yes Yes Yes
USA Yes Yes Yes

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Passports

A valid passport is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Tourists flying in and out of Bhutan are obliged to use Druk Air - the only airline serving Bhutan. It is also worth noting that the Bhutan government has been know to refuse entry to those wishing to visit for mountaineering, publicity and other research activities.

Passport note

There are two ways of entering Bhutan: by air to Paro Airport or by road to the Bhutanese border town of Phuentsholing. Samdrup Jongkhar is used for exits from Bhutan by land.

All travellers entering the country by road must ensure that they have the necessary documentation for transiting through that part of India to Phuentsholing. Visitors are advised to contact their nearest Indian embassy or high commission to check exactly what special permits or other documents may be necessary, as these regulations are subject to change at short notice.

Independent travel is not permitted in Bhutan; visitors are required to book with a registered tour operator, which can be done directly through an affiliated travel agent abroad. Visitors are also required by immigration to bring two passport photos with them for use on arrival.

Visas

Visas are required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.

Visa note

You cannot purchase air tickets to Bhutan 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 checkpost.

Types and cost

Tourist: US$40.

Validity

Visas for Bhutan are initially granted for the duration of your arranged trip.

Application to

Apply through your tour operator.

Working days

Visas are usually processed within 72 hours.

Embassies and tourist offices

Royal Bhutanese Embassy in India
Telephone: (11) 2688 9230 or 9809.

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