(Applicable for all tourists except travelers from India, Bangladesh & Maldives)
All the tourists traveling to Bhutan require a Bhutan Visa except the travelers from India, Maldives and Bangladesh. It is processed through a local tour operator in Bhutan such as Ideal Travel Creations or its international travel agent. Bhutan tourist visa is issued only when a confirmed booking through a local tour operator has been made. No foreign embassies/ organizations issue Bhutan Tourist Visa. A Valid passport copy and the Bhutan visa application form duly filled must be sent to us atleast a month before the tour.
A Visa approval letter is issued by the Government of Bhutan which will be sent to the travelers through email or fax. The travelers have to show the visa approval letter while boarding the Druk Air Flight. The actual Visa will be stamped on arrival in Bhutan.For travelers entering Bhutan by land, two passport size photographs are required on arrival in the border. A visa fee of US $ 40 is payable. The Visa fee can be sent with the tour payment.
Entry Permits and Special Permits to Travel in Bhutan
(Applicable for travelers from India, Bangladesh & Maldives)
Travelers from India (Indian Nationals), Bangladesh (Bangladeshi Nationals) and Maldives (Maldivian Nationals) do not need to pay the government royalty and do not need a Bhutan visa to travel to Bhutan. The only document required is the entry permit for Paro and Thimphu. If the travelers travel to Places beyond Thimphu i.e. Wangdue, etc, they also require a special permit. All the permits are issued on arrival.
If you are entering Bhutan via land (Phuentsholing) you have to process your entry permit in the immigration office in Phuentsholing. Your guide from Ideal Travel Creations will do the formalities for you.
Your national passport, citizenship identity card or voter identity card confirming your citizenship is required to process the permit.
If you are travelling to Bhutan by Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines, your permit/visa will be issued at the Paro Airport on arrival.
Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian Nationals travelling to countries other than their home country from Bhutan may require a valid passport as per the immigration rules of the country you are traveling to.