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Bhutan Visa Information

BHUTAN VISA 2022/23

Bhutan visa is must for all travelers coming to Bhutan.When Bhutan opened its gate to international tourist in the year 1974 the visa system was completely different. Now all visa for Bhutan is applied online and Bhutan travel has become easy.

The first tourist entered Bhutan from Phuntsholing the southern Bhutan bordered with India. Bhutan Flights was not yet introduced and tourist took 2 days bumpy ride in Mahindra Jeep to reach the capital Thimphu. 

Tourism was not privatise yet and Government took care of all tourism business. Slowly the business was handed over to private sector and over the years number of tourist traveling Bhutan grew by thousands. 

As per the Tourism Council of Bhutan, Bhutan issued 269000 Visa and permit for Bhutan in 2019 making Bhutan top 20 destination to visit by lonely planet.

IS IT EASY TO GET BHUTAN VISA?

Getting Bhutan Visa looks complicated at first as no foreign embassy can process your visa for Bhutan. With new Tourism Levy Rule 2022 anybody can apply Visa by visiting Immigration website. Upon arrival you should have Hotel Booking not less than 3 star Hotel, Licensed and safe Guide for approval of Visa at Airport. Bhutan Tour

Who can apply my Visa?

Anybody can apply Bhutan Visa as long as tourist agree to pay SDF fees. Sustainable Development Fees for Foreigner other than Indian national is USD 200 per person per night and for Indian national is INR 1200 per person per night.

There are also other type of Visa that Government foreigner can apply. Different type of Bhutan Visa and details are found here in MOFA.  

FREE BHUTAN VISA FOR INDIAN NATIONAL,BANGLADESH AND MALDIVES.

Visa for Indian National,Bangladeshi and Maldives is different as they don’t need to pay the Visa fees of USD 40 or daily tariff like other national. There are three types of permit for this 3 nationality. They are Entry Permit, Route Permit and Advance online Permit.

Entry Permit: The permit you get upon arrival at airport or Immigration office is entry permit. This permit is only valid to visit Thimphu,Paro and Phuntsholing.

Route Permit: Route permit is the permit which allows you to visit other places like Punakha, Bumthang, Phobjikha and Trongsa. You only get route permit from Thimphu.

Advance Online Permit: This permit is special permit just like Visa for foreigner. Upon getting this permit you do not need to apply route permit. This advance permit covers all your approval to visit places. This advance permit is only given to those traveller having valid passport only.

 

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO APPLY PERMIT FOR FREE VISA

You need proper documents like passport or voter card to get the permit. OCI card holder for Non Resident Indian do not qualify as Indian National, to enter Bhutan. You have to process the Visa just like Foreign national upon paying daily tariff and Visa fees. 

 

ENTRY INTO BHUTAN

Tourist can enter Bhutan either by flights or by land. Flight to Bhutan operates from Delhi, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Singapore, Kolkatta, Guwahati and Bagdugra or overland road trip from Phuntsholing,Samdrupjongkhar and Gaylegphu which is recently open. Your Visa will be stamped upon arrival from the entry point.


5 Tips to know while applying Bhutan Visa 2022/2023.

Bhutan Tour Itinerary: Your Bhutan Visa is issued as per your tour itinerary. Major change in program is not entertained and places not mentioned in the visa will not be permitted to visit. So you should carefully plan your program before confirming your tour. 

Fight Tickets: Bhutan Visa is issued based on your return flight tickets. Visa also have your entry and exit sector. If you are entering from Bangkok but your visa have Delhi Sector mentioned than you will be denied of your entry into Bhutan. You need to check that before hand when you get your Visa.

Hotel Accommodation: Your hotel accommodation is mentioned in your visa in each destinations so that incase of emergency Government can extend help immediately.

Guide details: Visa contains the details of Guide,his license number and name in your visa.Everything is organized well in advance so that you have comfortable vacation.

Valid Passport: Your passport should have validity of 6months during your trip and at least a blank space for visa stamp.

Applying Bhutan Visa from India,Nepal,Thailand,US, Canada and America are same and all should process either through International company or local tour operator.

 

BHUTAN TOUR COST AND WHAT IS INCLUDED:

With minimum daily tarriff lifted from 2022 the cost of the tour will depend upon the individual tour operator. 

Best Time to Travel in Bhutan

The best time to travel Bhutan is during Peak season. This time of the year have lots of local festivals and the weather are very favorable to explore the cities and valleys. Where as lean season are cold and monsoon rains are rampant and landslides and snow can be expected.

 Minimum Hotel allowed for tourist to stay in 3 star Hotel. 

Package cost includes following service as follow:

1: Best Accommodation (3* Hotels) on twin sharing basis
2: All the meals
3: Land transport within Bhutan
4: Services of an English Speaking guide
5: Supply of pack ponies, yak, trekking crews and porters for the trek
6: All necessary camping equipment for Treks (excluding sleeping bags & sleeping mat).
7. All entrance fees.
8: Bhutan Visa
9: 37% Government TAX
10: Tea & Snacks

Package cost does not include:

1: Airfare
2: Laundry
3: Privates call
4: Beverages or Drinks
5: Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

Single supplement charges of US $ 35 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

 

IS THERE ANY RESTRICTION ON NUMBER OF TOURIST?

There is no restriction for any number of tourist traveling Bhutan as long as they fulfill the formalities. There is also no restriction on nationality of tourist visiting Bhutan as people understand it. As long as tourist pays the daily tariff and book through licensed local tour operator of Bhutan, Bhutan Visa is guaranteed.

 

Why Sustainable Development Fees for Bhutan Visa?

For Bhutan visa 100% upfront payment of Sustainable Development Fees is mandatory. Other service payment like Hotels, Transport, Guide and meals will depend upon the service provider. You can negotiate the payment method with the Tour Operator or service provider.

Upon the receipt of the Sustainable Development Fees Department of Immigration will issue the Bhutan Visa.  

Is it safe to transfer all Payment in advance?

Yes it is completely safe to transfer the tour payment. Government will release the payment only after your Bhutan tour gets over. Tour operator have to prepare the invoice and submit it to the TCB for payment. If any discrepancies arise during the tour than we will be denied for the payment. So your payment is very safe.

Note: People misunderstand the process of full payment is for the Visa but it is not. The Visa fee is only 40$.

The daily tariff covers the entire tour cost on a daily basis. So when the process of full payment is done, it covers the entire tour period but it excludes Air Fare.

 Is there any Visa Restriction for BHUTAN?

No there is no restriction of Visa. Some nationality like Indian, Maldives and Bangladeshi don’t need visa and their visa is upon arrival.

 What documents is required to process Bhutan VISA?

For Bhutan Visa you need to have valid passport scanned in color and send it to us. You also need to fill Visa form. Tour payment is must and should reach to us on time and if everything is in order the visa will just take 72 hours during working days. The approved visa letter will be emailed to you. The visa approved letter issued by immigration office should be produced while boarding the plane. Upon arrival at Paro airport your actual visa will be stamped.

Does Visa get rejected? 

No the visa don’t get rejected unless you have expired passport or have any legal issue with the government or your sustainable Development Fees is not updated with Department of Immigration.

What is the Visa FEE? 

The visa fee is just $40 per person and everyone including child has to p