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Who Needs a Visa to Travel to Bhutan?


All foreign nationals (except Indians, Bangladeshis and Maldivians) require a Bhutanese visa to travel to Bhutan. All Bhutanese visas are issued only by Department of Immigration, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan. Further more, Bhutan visa is issued only from head office of the Department of Immigration which is based in Thimphu- the capital city of Bhutan.

Visas are only issued to the tourists who have booked their trip to Bhutan with local licensed tour operators such as  Bhutan Nature View Tours & Treks, either directly or through foreign travel agents. Tourist visa applications should to be submitted by a local licensed Bhutanese tour company like Bhutan Nature View Tours or any other local Bhutanese tour companies and visas have to be obtained in advance for traveling to Bhutan.

Important Note: No  Bhutanese foreign missions or embassies  abroad grants Bhutanese tourist visa

How to Apply for Bhutanese Visas in Advance and How to Obtain it?

Bhutan visa clearance letter is approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan after concerned tourists have paid the full tour cost and visa fees to the Tourism Council of Bhutan through a local Bhutan tour operator / travel company like Bhutan Nature View Tours or any other Bhutanese local tour companies. A copy of visa clearance letter will be sent to the concerned tourists before their travel dates as it is important that tourists should have their visa clearance letter with them while boarding Drukair flights to Bhutan. Local Bhutan travel companies like Bhutan Nature View Tours ensures that a copy of visa clearance letter reaches the DrukAir office at the airports where the tourists board their flights to Bhutan. 

The actual visa is stamped in your passport  at the point of entry either at Paro Airport (if travel to Bhutan by air) or  at Phuentsholing / Samdrupjongkhar/Gelephu (if traveling to Bhutan by road) based on your visa clearance letter. You will then receive a visa for the period of your Bhutan tour in Bhutan. 

Bhutan Tourist Visa Extension

If you would like to extend your Bhutan visa to stay additional days in Bhutan, Bhutan Nature View Tours & Treks will process for your visa extension for you and the visa renewal fee is Nu.500 ( US$1 = Nu. 65 approximately as of 2015).

Information and Documents Required for Bhutan Visa Application

Bhutan Nature View Tours will obtain your Bhutanese tourist visa once your Bhutan trip is confirmed by making full Bhutan tour payment and Bhutan visa fee of US$40 to the Tourism Council of Bhutan through us. Additionally, the following details are required for processing your Bhutan tourist visa prior to the date of your Bhutan travel. Your Bhutan visa will be sent to you before the start of your Bhutan tour. 

  • Your full name:
  • Occupation:
  • Nationality:
  • Passport No.:
  • Date of issue:
  • Date of expiry:
  • Place of Issue:
  • Date of birth:
  • Permanent address:
  • A scanned copy of your passport ( in jpeg format)

Important Note: Passport Validity should be more than 6 months at the time of start of your Bhutan tour.

Bhutan Tourist Visa Fee 

As per the Department of Immigration’s Rules and Regulation 2012, the Bhutanese Visa Fee has been revised from US$20 to US$40. With effect from January, 2013 the revised Bhutanese visa fee of US$40 is applicable.
 

If the above information is not adequate and if you need further Bhutan travel information, please kindly write to us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will respond to you within 24 hours. 

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