Passport & Visa in Bhutan

Indian nationals are not required to have a visa in order to enter Bhutan; similarly, nationals of Bangladesh and the Maldives are also exempt from this requirement as long as their passports are still valid six months after the date of entry. For up to 90 days, Thai nationals and Swiss nationals with diplomatic or official passports can enter Bhutan without a visa.

Bhutan does not offer a Visa on Arrival service. Although it is the tightest process in the world, obtaining a visa is fortunately not a difficult process for all foreign travelers. You should be informed that you cannot apply for your own visa, and the Bhutan Embassy does not offer travel visa services. Booking a trip with an international tour operator or a local travel agent registered with the Tourism Council of Bhutan and the Bhutan Foreign Ministry is the only method to enter Bhutan. Your tour operator will submit an application on your behalf through an internet system after you've made a reservation.

You must submit your tour operator an electronic copy of your passport's photo page as well as a scanned copy in order for them to complete your Bhutan visa. The Tourism Council of Bhutan will process your visa using the information on your passport, which will be completed and cleared as soon as 72 working hours. Once the visa application has been accepted, a letter with a visa clearance number will be given. The tour operator, the immigration checkpoints at Paro International Airport, the road border checkpoints at Phuentsholing, Gelephu, or Samdrup Jongkhar, as well as both of Bhutan's national carriers, Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines, will receive this clearance number. 

Your visa may be physically stamped into your passport upon arrival at the entrance point, which may be a road border or an airport, depending on how you entered Bhutan.

Once your travel operator has paid the cost of the tour package to the Tourism Council of Bhutan, your visa for Bhutan will be approved. As soon as 3 days after submitting the application, the visa clearance number in the form of a letter will be made available and forwarded to your tour operator, the airport immigration terminal, particular road checkpoints, and the airlines you will be traveling with. Your agency will typically receive notification of your visa clearance one to two weeks before your arrival in Bhutan. At the time of entry into Bhutan, your passport will be stamped with your visa based on this clearance number.

Typically, a foreign visitor to Bhutan must pay a minimum daily fee that is determined by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB). The price of a trip package for a single person per day can range from US$ 200 to 290 or even more, depending on the season and the level of comfort requested by the tourist. This price covers the cost of the visa as well, although the price of a Bhutan tourist visa is US$ 40 per person. However, if you decide to enhance your hotel room, dining experience, and mode of transportation, the cost of the trip package per day will also rise.