Punakha, Bhutan
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Visa for Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan has been isolated for centuries, and even today is only open to a limited number of tourists. The government of the country pays great attention to preserving the ecosystem of the kingdom and the national culture of the Bhutanese people, so it limits the number of incoming tourists.

A visa to Bhutan can be obtained only for organized groups of tourists who travel according to programs developed by tour operators accredited by the Bhutan Tourism Department, as well as persons arriving in Bhutan at the invitation of government organizations. Individual tourists cannot obtain a visa. One cannot deviate from the itineraries provided by the guide.

The main obstacle for foreign tourists is a financial barrier - every traveler, except for Indian citizens, must pay a daily fee for each day of stay in the country. For this money, tourists receive accommodation in hotels (minimum 3 stars) with meals, guide services, a certain set of pre-agreed excursions and transportation. It is also necessary to pay the visa fee.

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Do I need a visa for Bhutan?

All tourists must obtain a visa before traveling to Bhutan, except tourists from India, Bangladesh and Maldives.

You can apply for a visa on your own by filling out the online form. Also, if you are traveling with a tour operator, they can apply on your behalf. You can fill out the application for yourself and all the people in your group. For each traveler, you must provide the necessary information for the application, including information about yourself and other travelers.

Tourists from India need to obtain an entry permit. This can be done in advance by applying before traveling, or if you have a tour operator or hotel reservation - they can apply on your behalf. No fees will be charged in advance. You can also apply when you enter the territory, but please note that waiting times can be long depending on the number of applicants at the time.

Tourists from the Republic of Bangladesh and Maldives have to apply for a visa to travel to the country, under the same conditions as for Indian nationals. For this purpose, it is necessary to apply online and pay the relevant fee online. It is also advisable to take out travel insurance in advance. It is also possible to apply for the visa in person on arrival in the country.

Foreigners holding a valid SAARC visa exemption sticker do not require prior visa/entry permit.

What are the different types of visas for Bhutan?

Diplomatic visa

Only persons holding a diplomatic passport can apply for a diplomatic visa when traveling to Bhutan for official purposes.

Officials visa

Persons traveling to Bhutan for official tasks may apply for such a visa. It can be issued to official passport holders and government delegations on the recommendation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

Tourist visa

For tourists from countries other than citizens of India, Bangladesh and Maldives, visas are processed through an online system provided by a licensed Bhutanese tour operator.

Visa upon arrival

Citizens of Bangladesh and Maldives do not need to apply for a visa in advance and can obtain a visa on arrival when crossing the border into Bhutan. Thai and Swiss nationals holding official and diplomatic passports can obtain a visa on arrival at the border.

Work visa

Having a work visa you can stay and work in the Kingdom of Bhutan for one year.

Student visa

A person requesting permission to enter the Kingdom as a student will be admitted for an approved period depending on the length of their course of study.

Business visa

Obtaining a business visa enables you to engage in business activities in Bhutan. It can be issued with documentary approval from the government to do business in the kingdom.

Guest visa

A personal visitor visa can be issued to persons coming to Bhutan at the invitation of a Bhutanese national or a foreign employee (with a work permit) or diplomat residing in the country. On a personal visitor visa, one is allowed to stay in the Kingdom for up to thirty days, whichever is less. A personal visitor visa can be obtained a maximum of two times per year.

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What documents do I need to cross the border?

Travel passport

valid for 6 months

Copy of tickets

both ways

Hotel booking

Bank account statement

cash proof

Visa fee payment receipt

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