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Visa Formalities

Visa Formalities

Other than Indian, Bangladeshis nationals, all visitors to Bhutan require a visa; all visas are issued from Thimphu; visas are only issued to tourists booked with a local 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 coming to 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 Nu.510.

Note: INR (Indian Rupees) denominations of 500 and 1000 are not accepted in Bhutan.

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Visas are not issued by Bhutanese embassies abroad. Visas are issued only when you arrive in the country, either at Paro airport or (if by road) at Phuentsholing. You must apply in advance. Air tickets to Bhutan cannot be purchased without visa clearance.You can fill in the visa application form which we will send you on confirmation of your visit or just send us the details below and we will take care of the rest.

1. Your full name as it appears in your passport
2. Permanent address
3. Date and place of birth
4. Occupation
5. Nationality
6. Passport number
7. Date of issue and expiration of passport

Double check that the information is correct; if there are discrepancies in any important numbers when you arrive in Bhutan, there are delays and complications in issuing the visa.

After the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues the visa clearance, we will fax the visa clearance copy to the respective airports where you will be entering from. A copy will also be sent to you for your reference but this is not necessarily important. The actual visa endorsement is stamped in your passport when you arrive at Paro at the backdrop of the clearance. You will then receive a visa for the period you have arranged to be in Bhutan. We will process visa extensions for you if they become necessary.

Further Information

§  Information for American’s Traveling to Bhutan – travel.state.gov

§  Information for British nationals Traveling to Bhutan - fco.gov.uk

§  Indian Embassy in Bhutan – www.indianembassythimphu.bt