Bhutan Visa and Passport Requirements

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


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

It’s worth noting that the Bhutan government has been know to refuse entry to those wishing to visit for mountaineering, publicity and other research activities.


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.

Types and Cost

Tourist: US$40. Tour operators build this into the cost of your trip.


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.