All international tourists are required to obtain a visa before travelling to Bhutan (except nationals from India, Bangladesh and Maldives) and must book guided holiday packages through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator or one of their international business partners. We can make necessary arrangements to obtain your Bhutanese visa. At the time of booking, you are required to send a quality scan of your passport photo page, which we use to apply for your visa – see the sample given here. Your passport must have at least six months’ validity with sufficient blank visa pages at the point of departure from Bhutan.
The Royal Government of Bhutan requires all applications for tourist visas to be processed online by a local licensed tour operator such as ourselves (Bhutan Green Travel). We, therefore, prepare an online visa application on your behalf and submit it for approval only after receiving your full payment (including USD $40 visa fee). Normally visa fee is included in your pre-booked holiday package. Once submitted, the visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) within 72 working hours. All visas are approved by the Department of Immigration in Thimphu, Bhutan. At the point of entry you will be required to show your e-Visa Clearance letter with which actual visas are stamped into your passport on arrival upon completing immigration procedures.
You must carry a valid passport and have obtained the appropriate visa when travelling with Bhutan Green Travel. Children are required to hold individual passports. We do not accept any responsibility if you are refused entry into any country due to failure on your part to carry all required documentation.
Regional Tourists (Visitors from India, Bangladesh & Maldives)
All Indian nationals do not need a visa to enter Bhutan. A valid travel document such as original passport with a minimum of 6 months validity or original Voter Photo Identity Card (verifiable online) issued by the Election Commission of India is required at the port of entry to obtain an entry permit. An accompanied child (below 18 years) travelling without passport should possess birth certificate in English along with school ID Card in the case of student. The entry permit is generally issued for a maximum of 7 days and can be further extended depending on the actual length of stay. In addition to the entry permit, a separate route permit is also required for those travelling other than Phuentsholing, Thimphu and Paro. The route permit can be processed only upon arrival in Bhutan on producing the entry permit and requires travellers to be in Thimphu on any working day (Monday to Friday) from 09:00 to 17:00 hrs.
Note that Indian nationals flying to and from Kathmandu by Drukair or Bhutan Airlines require a valid passport according to the Nepalese Immigration Regulations.
Bangladeshi & Maldivian Nationals
All Bangladeshi and Maldivian nationals visiting Bhutan do not require a visa. A valid passport having at least six months validity is required to obtain an entry permit at the point of entry.
Online Permit System
Regional tourists visiting Bhutan also have an option similar to that of international tourists to apply for entry permit and route permit in advance using the online system introduced by the Department of Immigration under Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs and the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB). This facility provides a smooth visitation for tourists from India, Bangladesh and Maldives by availing the services of a local registered Bhutanese tour operator and TCB certified hotels.
Indian Tourists Travelling in Personal Vehicles
Indian tourists entering Bhutan via Phuentsholing and subsequently travelling inside Bhutan in their own vehicles must obtain a vehicle permit from the Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) in Phuentsholing. The mandatory vehicle documents such as valid Indian driving license (in original), insurance of vehicle in original (duly attested), valid Pollution under Control (PUC) certificate and Indian-registered vehicle number with original RC are required for obtaining the vehicle permit. A road fee is applicable. If the owner and the driver of the vehicle driving into Bhutan are not the same person, then there should be a written authorization from the owner.