With the exception of visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives, all other visitors to Bhutan need a visa. Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals can obtain a visa at the port of entry on producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6 month validity (Indian nationals may also use their Voters Identity Card (VIC)).
All other tourists must obtain a visa clearance prior to travel to Bhutan. Visas are processed through an online system by World Tour Plan, directly or through our foreign travel agent.
You are required to send the photo-page of your passport to us and we will then apply for your visa. The visa 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 wire transferred and received in the TCB bank account. Once received the visa clearance will be processed within 72 working hours.
At your point of entry you will be required to show your visa clearance letter, the visa will then be stamped into your passport.
If you are booking tour with us, leave this headache to our staff. We will do everything. All you need to provide us is a copy of your passport by email at least 4 weeks prior to date of travel.
Once we obtain your visa, we send it to you (or your overseas agents and clients) through your email as you will need it at Bhutan airport.
If you would like to extend your holiday we can process visa extensions for you.
Steps to apply for Bhutan Tourist Visa
- Book your tour package with us.
- Purchase & confirm your air-tickets directly with Drukair or Bhutan Airlines, or else we can also help you book your tickets.
- Ensure that you have a passport with at least six months validity at the point of arrival in Bhutan
- Provide the information required as listed below
- Full name as per passport
- Mailing address
- Contact No. (mobile preferred)
- Submit a scanned copy of your passport.
- Four passport size photograph.
For students, submit a scanned copy of student ID for student discounts.
Some question and answers related with Visa:
Question: I’ve paid for my tour package. How long does it take to process my visa to Bhutan?
Answer: You should expect your visa 10 to 3 days prior to your departure.Remember to print out a copy of your visa so that you can present it at the Drukair Check-in counter and also at immigration point.
Question: Do I need to send you my passport for Bhutan visa application?
Answer: No, we only require a clear color scan of the detail page of your passport. Bhutan travel visa application is a digital submission process, thus we do not need to retain your passport but only submit a digital scan of your passport.
Question: I have just renewed my passport and my visa is issued on my old passport. What should I do?
Answer: If you have more than two weeks to your date of departure, it is advisable that you contact World Tour Plan to have your details updated with the Department of Immigration of Bhutan.
Should your departure date be too closed, you should bring along your old passport for verification at the immigration checkpoint, should it be available.
During your check-in at the airport counter, Drukair will also require you to sign an indemnity form to release the airline from any further liability.
Question: How would my Bhutan visa look like?
Answer: Your visa application will be a digital submission and it will come as an electronic document. You will need to print out the document and carry it with you. Visa verification is required when you check in for your Drukair flight and when you reach the immigration check point at Paro International Airport.