Bhutan opens doors to tourists by simplifying tourist visa conditions

Tiger's Nest, Bhutan

As of April 23, 2024, travel insurance is no longer required to enter Bhutan. Bhutan's Ministry of Tourism has taken this decision to ease the visa application process and simplify the travel experience for tourists.

Although insurance is no longer mandatory for e-visa, the Ministry of Tourism recommends tourists to consider the option of purchasing insurance as a precautionary measure, especially in case of unforeseen situations that may arise while traveling.

Bhutan's tourism industry is actively recovering from the pandemic, the Kingdom of Bhutan is monitoring safety measures and protocols to ensure the well-being of tourists. Regulations have been developed for hotels, restaurants, attractions and transportation, sanitary controls have been strengthened, and requirements for social distancing and the use of protective equipment have been introduced.

The removal of travel insurance requirements further underscores Bhutan's commitment to providing tourists with a carefree and hospitable vacation.

Electronic Visa for Entry into Bhutan

Except for citizens of Bangladesh, India and Maldives, all travelers require an electronic visa (e-Visa) to enter Bhutan. You can apply for an e-Visa through the Bhutan Department of Immigration website or through accredited agencies.

The cost of an e-Visa to Bhutan is US$40, or about €38, plus a sustainability fee (SDF) of US$100 per day for adults (reduced rates for children).

The Bhutan e-visa now only requires a scanned copy of the passport and a photo of the applicant.