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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
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.

Passport Note

There are two ways of entering Bhutan: by air to Paro Airport or by road to the Bhutanese border towns of Phuentsholing, Samdrup Jongkhar or Gelephu.

All travellers entering the country by road must ensure that they have the necessary documentation for transiting through  India. Visitors are advised to contact their nearest Indian embassy or high commission to check exactly what documents may be required.

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.


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.

This page reflects our understanding of current rules for the most common types of travel to the said country. However, please note that each authority sets and forces entry rules, hence we strongly recommend that you verify critical information with the relevant embassy before travel.

Embassies and tourist offices

Royal Bhutanese Embassy in India

Telephone: (11) 2688 9230 or 9809.
Address: Chanakyapuri, Chandragupta Marg, New Delhi 110 021, ,
Opening times:
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