Bhutan Visa Information

Bhutanese entry visa with a valid password is essential to travel in Bhutan except for Indian and Bangladeshi Nationals. Permission is given to the travelers who are the members of a commercially organized tour group. Travel Agents are there to help organize a group or it can be done directly too.

NOTE: Visas cannot be obtained at Bhutanese Embassies.


On Arrival Visa Requirements:

  • Three copies of the original passport size photograph are required.
  • Visa fees are US$ 20 and US$ 10, which must be paid as Tourism development.
  • Visa can be extended with an additional fee of US$ 15.


What are the types of Bhutanese visa we can get?


  • U.S. Passport must be valid 3 months beyond intended stay
  • Tickets and Documents for return or onward travel
  • Visa required
  • Vaccinations: International Certificates of Vaccination for Yellow Fever and Cholera are required if traveling from an infected area


  • U.S. Passport must be Valid 3 months Beyond Intended Stay
  • Tickets and Documents for Return or Onward Travel
  • Visa is Required
  • Vaccinations: International Certificates of Vaccination for Yellow Fever and Cholera are required if traveling from an infected area


  • Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate


How to enter Bhutan?

Visitors must travel through an authorized local operator on a pre-paid pre-planned, guided package tour. Independent traveler is strictly prohibited. The Government stipulates an all-inclusive entry fee per day. Concerned travel agent’s operator is responsible for all your arrangement during the stay in Bhutan.

Airlines of Bhutan

The only airlines, Druk Air, the Royal Airlines carry you in and out of Bhutan. The airline operates every day and connects to the airport in Paro District in Bhutan with Kathmandu in Nepal.

More Information on Schedules, Airfares and other flights can be obtained from or you can also write to us your requests on necessary arrangements.


Arriving / Departure by Land

Tourist can enter through the land of Phuentsholing, on the southwestern border with India. It's the only entrance. In the condition of the prior arrangement, it will be possible to exit through the town of Samdpup Jongkhar in the southeast region, which makes the traveler easy to exit from northeastern India.

There are two ways to travel through Bhutan while going around the country, by foot or car, if trekking. There is a well-maintained network of a motorable road across the country. Tour vehicles are Buses, Vans and Cars.



What to know before traveling to Bhutan?


Other than Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals, all visitors to Bhutan require a visa; all visas are issued from Thimphu. Visas are only issued to tourists booked with a locally licensed tour operator, directly or through a foreign travel agent. Applications for tourist visas are submitted by the tour operator. Visa clearance from Thimphu must be obtained before arriving in Bhutan. Visa clearance takes at least 10 days to process. Air tickets to Bhutan cannot be purchased without visa clearance. At your point of entry, the visa will be stamped in your passport on payment of US$20, two passport photos will also be required. Visas are issued for a 15day period; extensions can be obtained in Thimphu at a cost of (Bhutanese ngultrum) Nu.510.


Delayed Arrivals

There is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or roadblocks. The tourist must, however, bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required.
Note: INR (Indian Rupees) denominations of 500, 1000 and 2000 may not be accepted in Bhutan.



The Government of Bhutan sets minimum rates for all the travel packages to Bhutan which must be paid in US dollars before arrival. High Season Tariff is US$ 250 per person per night

Your pre-payment includes the following facilities:

  • All internal taxes and charges (including the royalty)
  • Basic Accommodation
  • All Buffet Meals
  • A licensed Bhutanese Tour Guide
  • All Internal Mass Transport
  • Camping Equipment and shipping them

The rate given above is per tourist per night in Bhutan. The rates shall apply uniformly irrespective of locations and the type of accommodation provided/asked for. List of hotels and lodges approved for international tourist accommodation updated from time to time shall be issued by TCB. On the day of departure, your host’s obligation shall be limited to breakfast only. Other than that, all other payments shall be made by the traveler.

Note: The existing Low season discount for the months of January, June and July will be discontinued to promote Bhutan as an “All-year-round” destination. Also, the royalty for children below the age of 12 years will be waived off. These changes will be effective from 1st July 2011.



Individual tourists and smaller groups of less than three persons shall be subject to a surcharge, over and above the minimum daily rates applicable, as follows: Single individual US$ 40 per night Group of 2 persons US$ 30 per person per night.



Tour program booked and subsequently canceled will be subjected to the following charges:

• within 30 days of start of program ~ no charges
• within 21 days ~ 10% of the rate
• within 14 days ~ 15% of the rate
• within 7 days ~ 30% of the rate
• less than 7 days or without notice ~ 50% of the rate
• after arrival in Bhutan ~ 100%



There are many different types of accommodations available to visitors in Bhutan. There are hundreds of options available ranging from luxurious 5-star resorts to cozy little hotels and home-stays in traditional Bhutanese homes.

The types of accommodations can be divided into:

  1. Hotels
  2. Resorts
  3. Farm-stays
  4. Home-stays