Visa / Entry Permit

With the exception of visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives, all other visitors travelling to Bhutan need a visa. 

Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals can obtain a permit at the port of entry, on producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity.  

All other tourists must obtain a visa clearance prior the travel to Bhutan.  They are processed through an online system by your licensed Bhutanese tour operator.    

You are required to send the photo-page of your passport to your tour operator. Then they will apply for your visa.  It will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday (including a USD $40 visa fee) has been received in the TCB bank account.  Once received, the clearance will be processed within 72 working hours.  

At your point of entry, you will be required to show your clearance letter. Then only will the visa be stamped into your passport.  

Online Regional Permit System

The Online Permit System facilitates the online processing of permits for regional tourists through registered Bhutanese tour operators and TCB certified hotels. The facility is offered as an optional channel to process permits for visitors from the region. They are applicable for entry from Paro and Phuntsholing. Visitors who use this facility will be able to obtain their permit clearances and route permits ahead of their arrival in Bhutan similar to international tourists. 

For more details, visit TCB website.

Visa and entry permit to Bhutan.
Entry permit to Bhutan.


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