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 travel has become easy.
The first tourist entered Bhutan from Phuntsholing southern Bhutan bordered with India. Bhutan Flights was not yet introduced and tourists took 2 days bumpy ride in Mahindra Jeep to reach the capital Thimphu.
Tourism was not privatized yet and Government took care of all tourism businesses. Slowly the business was handed over to private sector and over the years number of tourists 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. For all leisure travel to Bhutan, the visa is processed by license tour operator with whom you have booked your Bhutan Tour.
How much is a Visa to Bhutan?
Usually Bhutan Visa cost is just $40 per person.This is just the visa cost and for foreigner traveling Bhutan have to pay the daily tariff of USD 250 per person in peak season and $200 per person in lean season. Visa cost is applicable for all including the infants.Tourist Visa is given only for scheduled period. Any extension will be given upon paying the daily tariff. Indian do not need to pay the Visa fees but with new rules which is going to be applied from 2021 they may have to pay $20 per person per night.
How do i get my Bhutan Visa?
Only licensed Tour operator having membership with TCB listing can apply your tourist visa. Don’t get surprise to know that your visa will only be approved upon paying 100% upfront Tour payment, Really? This made many travelers to think twice but its completely safe.
More surprising fact about tour payment is, it goes directly into government account. Tour operator have no access to the payment till the tour of Bhutan gets over. This Tourism policy of Bhutan guarantees that your payment is safe. Upon receiving the payment tour operator will apply your Bhutan visa which takes few days for approval. Visa acceptance letter will be emailed to you once approved. You need to carry this documents produce to the immigration office at Paro International airport. Your actual visa will be stamped upon arrival.
There are also other type of Visa that foreigner can apply. Different type of Bhutan Visa and details are found here in MOFA.
How can i get Bhutan Visa online?
All Bhutan visa is processed online but for regional traveller like Indians,Maldives and Bangladeshi need not apply online visa. They get Visa on arrival.For Indian traveling by road online visa is much convenient as they do not need to spend a day at Immigration office. Getting online visa for Indian national is very easy. They need valid passport copy,Hotel confirmation voucher and licensed local tour guide for approval of online visa.
Note though Indian can travel Bhutan with vote card but for Advance online Visa Passport,Local guide and Hotel confirmation is mandatory.
Can i go to Bhutan without Passport?
Yes you can travel Bhutan without passport if you are Indian national carrying vote card. No other citizen can travel Bhutan without passport except Indians.
FREE BHUTAN VISA FOR INDIAN NATIONAL,BANGLADESH AND MALDIVES.
Visa for Indian National,Bangladeshi and Maldives is free and no charges.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.
The permit you get upon arrival at airport or Immigration office is entry permit. With this permit you can only visit Thimphu,Paro and Phuntsholing.To visit other places you need to apply route permit.
Is Hotel Booking required for Bhutan Permit?
Yes to get Bhutan permit hotel booking is mandatory. You need to produce the hotel booking voucher for the permit. It is always better to reach early to the immigration office to avoid time consumption.
What is 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.
6 Tips to know while applying Bhutan Visa.
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.
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.
Your hotel accommodation is mentioned in your visa in each destinations so that incase of emergency Government can extend help immediately.
Bhutan 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.
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.
Filled Bhutan Visa Application Form
You need to fill all your details in Bhutan Visa application forms and send it back to us through email. The forms gives us the important personal details including your home address and telephone number for any emergency.
BHUTAN TOUR COST AND WHAT IS INCLUDED:
The minimum daily cost for staying in Bhutan is fixed by the Royal Government of Bhutan keeping the concept of “high value and low impact” .
This was the dream of our fourth King to maintain the quality of tourism in Bhutan. The fixed tariff is USD 250 in peak season and USD 200 for lean season. The season months are March, April, May, September, October and November and lean season months are June, July, August, December, January and February.
Why fixed daily tariff for Bhutan?
The fixed daily tariff policy of Bhutan helps the country to control the mass tourism and bring in only quality tourist to Bhutan. This help us for sustainable tourism business for a very long time and at the same time preserving the tradition and culture.
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.
Discounts on Bhutan daily Tariff
Group Discount:There is group discount for groups exceeding 15 people. one person gets the free trip. If the groups is between 10 to 15 pax than one person gets 50% discount from the tariff.
Student Discount: Student also gets 25% discount on daily tariff but they need to give us valid student ID. Discount for student is only for those between 12 to 25 years of age.
Child Discount: Child between 6 to 12 years gets 50% discount.
Note: Visa fees of USD 40 will be applicable to all including the infants.
If the group is below 3 pax, daily surcharge of USD 40 for solo traveller and USD 30 per person for couple is applicable. Groups above 2 pax don’t pay surcharge.
Bhutan Tour 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
Bhutan Tour cost does not include:
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 tourists traveling Bhutan as long as they fulfill the formalities. There is also no restriction on the nationality of tourists visiting Bhutan as people understand it. As long as the tourist pays the daily tariff and book through a licensed local tour operator of Bhutan, Visa is guaranteed.
What does a Bhutan visa fee come with?
Bhutan visa fees are only $40 per person and it is a one-time fee. The fee does not include anything. With Visa fees, you need to transfer the entire daily tariff which includes your package. A daily tariff is USD 250 per person during peak season and USD 200 per person in the lean season.
Is it safe to transfer all Payment in advance?
Yes it is completely safe to transfer the tour payment. Government will release the payment only after your Bhutan tour gets over. Tour operator have to prepare the invoice and submit it to the TCB for payment. If any discrepancies arise during the tour than we will be denied for the payment. So your payment is very safe.
Note: People misunderstand the process of full payment is for the Visa but it is not. The Visa fee is only 40$.
The daily tariff covers the entire tour cost on a daily basis except the airfare.
How far in advance apply for Bhutan Visa?
Bhutan Visa does not take a long time to get approval. Upon the receipt of payment, we can get your Visa within 72 hours of submitting your application. You will get your Visa at least a month prior to visiting Bhutan
What documents are required to process Bhutan VISA?
For Bhutan Visa you need to have a 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.
How to apply a visa from USA to Bhutan ?
No embassy or any officials can apply for your Bhutan Visa. Only licensed tour operator like ourself can apply your visa for Bhutan. To apply for Bhutan Visa from the USA you need the support of local Bhutan Tour operator. Upon tour confirmation, the citizen from America will have to fill up the visa application form, send a color passport copy, and send it to us. The visa takes approximately 3 working days to get approval. The visa approval letter will be emailed to you.
What is the Visa FEES in Bhutan?
The visa fee is just $40 per person and everyone including child has to pay the fees. Indian national do not need to pay the Visa fees but with new Tourism policy from 2021 even Indian national have to pay the Sustainable Development Fees(SDF) of INR 1200 per night before their Visa gets approved.
How to get Flights tickets and visa to Bhutan?
We are licensed tour operator authorized to apply Bhutan Visa to enter Bhutan. We are also affiliated with two local airlines of Bhutan to book flights tickets to Bhutan.You can also book your tickets online by visiting their website or contact us for same.