All international tourists, except for visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives, must have visa to enter Bhutan. Only a travel permit is required for visitors from India, Bangladesh and the Maldives. This travel permit can be obtained in advance or at the port of entry by producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity (Indian nationals may also use their Voters Identity Card (VIC)).
How to Get a Visa for Bhutan
All other tourists must obtain visa clearance prior to traveling to Bhutan. Visas can only be processed by your licensed Bhutanese tour operator or through a foreign travel agent. Visas are $40 and this fee will be part of your tour package.
Documentation Required for a Visa
You are required to provide the photo-page of your passport to Druk Experience, who will apply for your visa. The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your tour (including a USD $40 visa fee) has been wire transferred and received in the TCB bank account. Typically, you will receive an email copy of your visa approximately 10 days prior to your travel.
Full time STUDENTS, below the age of 25, who hold valid identity cards from their institutions will need to submit a valid student card along with Passport as proof to get discount on land packages. See discount policy in daily package section
Bhutan Issues an E-Visa
Once your visa is approved, you will receive an email with the documentation that you will need to enter the country. It is important to print your e-visa and keep a copy with you when traveling. You will not be allowed to board your flight into Bhutan without a copy of the e-visa. You will also need to show the visa when you land at the Paro International Airport to immigration officials to enter the country and get your passport stamped.