All foreign nationals (except Indians, Bangladeshis and Maldivians) require Bhutanese visa to visit Bhutan. Bhutanese visas are issued only by Department of Immigration, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan. Furthermore, Bhutan visa is issued only from head office of the Department of Immigration which is based in Thimphu- the capital city of Bhutan.
Visas are only issued to those tourists who have booked their trip to Bhutan through a local licensed tour operators such as Bhutan Tshendhen Travel. Tourist visa applications should be submitted by the tour operator and visas have to be obtained in advance for travelling to Bhutan.
Important Note: No Bhutanese foreign missions or embassies abroad grants Bhutanese tourist visa
Bhutan visa clearance letter is approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan after concerned tourists have paid the full tour cost and visa fees to the Tourism Council of Bhutan through a Bhutanese Tour Operator. A copy of visa clearance letter will be sent to the concerned tourists well in advance of their travel dates. All tourists are required to produce visa clearance letter while boarding their flights to Bhutan. The Bhutanese travel agent/Tour operator will ensure that a copy of visa clearance letter reaches the Airlines office at the airports where the tourists board their flights to Bhutan.
The actual visa is stamped in your passport at the point of entry either at Paro International Airport (if travel by air) or at Phuentsholing / Samdrupjongkhar/Gelephu (if traveling by road) based on your visa clearance letter. You will then receive a visa for the period of your stay in Bhutan
If you would like to extend your Bhutan visa while in Bhutan, Bhutanese Travel Agent will process your visa extension for you. Visa renewal fee is Nu.500 ( US$1 = Nu. 75.15 as of May 2022)
Bhutan Tshendhen Travel or any Bhutanese Tour operator will obtain your Bhutanese tourist visa once your Bhutan trip is confirmed by making full Bhutan tour payment and Bhutan visa fee of US$40 to the Tourism Council of Bhutan through us. Additionally, the following details are required for processing your Bhutan tourist visa prior to the date of your Bhutan travel. Your Bhutan visa will be sent to you before the start of your Bhutan tour.
Important Note: Passport Validity should be more than 6 months at the time of start of your Bhutan tour.