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Bhutan Visa

Type of Bhutan Visas

Entry Permiton Arrival
  • Processing time: 10 to 15 days
  • Stay period: Upto 7 days
  • Validity: 3 months
  • Entry: Single entry
  • Extension: Granted up to 3 weeks
  • Fees: Free of cost
  • Ideal for: Indian citizens wishing to visit Bhutan for tourism purpose
  • Visa Not required for Indians
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Documents required for Bhutan Visa:

  • Must have Documents for Bhutan Visa :
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    • Original Passport with at least 6 months validity and minimum 3 blank pages + all old passports if any
    • 2 Scanned recent colour photograph. (Photo Specification);
    • Visa Application forms: completed and signed
    • Personal Covering letter: explaining purpose of travel to the country
    • Original Bank Statement: stamped & updated for last 3 months with bank seal
    • Air tickets: proof of return flight tickets from and back to your home country
    • Hotel reservation: proof of accommodation for your entire stay
    • Travel Itinerary: day-wise plan outlining all elements of the trip
  • Supporting documents as per your occupation, type of visit:
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    1. If Employed:

    • Leave Sanctioned Certificate: with company seal providing approval for leave
    • Salary Slips: of last 3 months

    2.If Self Employed:

    • Business Proof: Registration License/MOA/Partnership deed
    • Company Bank Statement: stamped & updated for last 6 months with bank seal
    • Company’s Income Tax Returns: of last 3 years

    3. If Retired:

    • Retirement Proof: pension book, statement etc

    4. If Student

    • ID Card: from school, college or institute

    5. If Minor

    • Birth Certificate showing the names of both parents
    • Legalized Letter of Consent (NOC)
    • If the child is travelling with one parent, the letter of consent authorizing travel must be legalized by the other parent
    • If the child is travelling alone or without either parent, a notarized letter of consent from both parents permitting travel
    • Death Certificate: in case one or both parents are deceased
    • ID Proof: of parents

    6. If Visiting friend or relative

    • Invitation letter: stating the relationship with the inviter and purpose of visiting the country & assuring the responsibility for housing and related expenses during the guest's stay in Algeria
    • ID Proof of Inviter: Passport or Resident Permit
    • Address Proof of Inviter: Utility bill

    7. If Sponsored

    • Sponsorship Letter: providing the name of the visitors, what the purpose of the visit is, relationship with the visitors, length of stay, dates of travel & any other additional information if necessary
    • ID Proof of Inviter: Passport or Resident Permit
    • Address Proof of Inviter: Utility bill
    • Proof of Financial Support: updated bank statement, pay slips

    8. For Business Visa

      Introduction/ recommendation letter from:

    • One of the Chambers of Commerce and Industries, government of India;
    • Ministry of Commerce and Industry of India;
    • Export Promotion Council of India; or Reference number from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan.
    • Registration certificate of the company from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of India:

    • Income tax documents of the last three years;
    • Letter from the company addressed to the embassy, introducing the business man for visa issuance;
    • Invitation letter from the local partner or prospect local partner company in Afghanistan;
    • Copy of the license (JAWAZ) of the local partner or prospect local partner company in Afghanistan.
    • *Note: The Embassy/Consul General has the right to ask for additional information or documents and request a personal interview with the applicant.

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Bhutan Visa FAQs

  • add Do Indian citizens require a Visa to travel to Bhutan?

    No, Indian citizens do not require a visa to enter Bhutan for tourism purpose. Indians travelling by air will be issued a free Entry Permit upon arrival into Bhutan.
    Indian nationals who wish to drive their cars to Bhutan are required to obtain “Route Permit” from the Road Safety and Transport Authority office in Bhutan after obtaining the entry permit from the Department of Immigration.

  • add How long is the Bhutan Entry Permit valid for?

    It will be valid for 7 days, which can be expandable in Thimphu for another 7 days up to a maximum of 30 days.

  • add Is my permit valid for the whole of Bhutan?

    Bhutan entry permit is valid only for Thimphu and Paro only. The rest of Bhutan is considered a restricted area, and tourists need a "Restricted-Area Permit" to enter the same.
    What are the different types of Permits for travel to Bhutan?
    Entry Permit: This permit is issued on arrival when you travel to Bhutan by flight. The entry point is either in Paro airport (when travelling by flight) or in Phuentsholing Bhutan (when travelling overland either from Bagdogra or NJP). The Entry Permit is also a valid document to visit Thimphu and Paro.
    Route Permit: If you travel to Bhutan by road, you need to have a Route Permit. With a Route Permit, you can visit places like Punakha, Wangdue, Bumthang, etc) beyond Paro and Thimphu.

  • add What is the Bhutan Entry Permit cost?

    The Entry Permit is free on arrival.

  • add Are Indian citizens required to carry any travel documents?

    Yes. Indian travellers wishing to visit Bhutan need to carry either their passport, having a validity of minimum 6 months or a voter identity card, issued by Election Commission of India. For Children travelers it is advisable to carry Birth Certificate or Academic School ID Card.

  • add What are entry requirements for visitors entering Bhutan?

    The immigration officials at the Airport may check the below documents:

    • Passport valid for a least 6 months from your date of entry or valid Voters Identity Card
    • Child below 5 years (Birth certificate is required)
    • Child between 6 – 17 years (Academic School Identity Card is required)
    • Dully filled Immigration Card
    • Return ticket to your country
    • Accommodation proof
    • Sufficient funds to cover your stay in Bhutan
    • Detailed itinerary of your trip
    • Passport size photograph (advisable)

  • add Can Indians apply for the Entry Permit in advance before travel?

    The Royal Bhutanese Embassy in New Delhi does not issue any visa or entry permit. Bhutanese visas are only issued by the Department of Immigration, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs in Bhutan.

  • add Is there any fear of Bhutan Entry Permit rejection?

    Indians are not liable to face a rejection. However, the above said documents are necessary to enter the country. Failure to produce any of the documents may result rejection of the Entry permit, thereby barring you from entering the country. The final decision to grant an entry permit is solely at the discretion of the Immigration officials at Bhutan airport.

  • add What are the best flight connections for Bhutan?

    Currently two airlines operate flights to Bhutan: Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. Druk Air offers direct flights to Paro, which is the only international airport in Bhutan, from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Bagdogra.Visit Akbartravels.com to book the cheapest air tickets.
    It's also possible to travel to Bhutan from India overland by road. The main border crossing is Jaigon-Phuentsholing. There are two others, at Gelephu and SamdrupJongkhar.

  • add How long does it take to get the permit?

    Usually, it takes around 30 minutes to get all formalities done and get your Bhutan entry permit on arrival at Paro.However, the time may vary depending on the peak travel period.

  • add What is the process of getting a Bhutan entry permit?

    An application form must be filled once you arrive in Paro. The immigration authorities will most likely ask basic questions such as the reason for travel and duration of stay. An official will click your picture and you must also give your fingerprints. There are a total of three counters where these processes are split. Overall, it takes about 25-30 minutes to issue an entry permit. The whole method is hassle-free and easy.

  • add Do I need to purchase a Travel Insurance?

    Applicants are strongly advised to purchase a Travel Insurance to secure their trip in the event of unexpected events such as medical emergencies, flight cancellations, baggage delay or loss etc.

  • add Are you still having doubts about the BhutanEntry Permit process?

    Please feel free to contact us for all your Bhutan Entry Permit worries. We have you covered across India with presence in all the major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow and many more.

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Simple steps to get a Bhutan Visa:

Akbar Travels has been a part of more than one million travel dreams. We offer quick and hassle-free Bhutan visa assistance. With a highly professional and dedicated team of Visa Experts, we are here to cater to all your Bhutan visa application requirements. Read more

Throughout your visa process, you will have a dedicated visa expert handling your application.

Here are the steps to apply for an Bhutan Visa through Akbar Travels:
Step 1: Contact our Visa Expert with your travel plans and gather all the visa information and requirements.
Step 2: Pay your Bhutan visa fee online and get your documents picked by us from your home or office.
Step 3: Our Visa Expert will verify, complete your Visa application online and schedule an appointment as part of the visa process
Step 4: On the appointment day personally visit the High Commission / Visa Application Center (VAC) to submit your Biometrics (fingerprints) and documents.
Step 5:Receive your Bhutan Visa.

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Basic Requirements to visit Bhutan

  • Have a valid Passport and valid Bhutan Visa;
  • Be in good health Read more
  • Good moral character
  • Thorough knowledge of your accommodation and itinerary details to furnish at immigration if asked to
  • Return flight tickets or onward flight tickets to ensure your return to home country or your next destination once your visa expires
  • Adhere to the moral standards of the country and follow the general rules
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Travel Checklist

  • Passport with at least 6 months of validity
  • Valid Bhutan Visa depending on the purpose of your visit and duration of stay Read more
  • Confirmed return or onward tickets.
  • Details of accommodation.
  • Travel itinerary
  • Foreign currency
  • Any additional documents to support your purpose of visit, especially for business visa travellers
  • Have all documents authenticated before traveling
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What to do when you arrive in Bhutan ?

  • Keep all your travel documents ready to be produced for verification by the immigration officers
  • Ensure you are not carrying any forbidden items that will not pass through customs, including ‘any immoral items liable to cause a breach of the peace’ like books, audiobooks, audio and video tapes Read more
  • Always carry your passport or a copy of it while traveling within Bhutan
  • Note down emergency helpline numbers in the country
  • Be aware of the general rules of conduct in public places
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Bhutan travel guide

Nicknamed as the 'Land of the Thunder Dragon', Bhutan is a tiny nation in Southern Asia, sharing borders with India, Nepal, and Bangladesh nestled gently in the Himalayan region. At least 60 per cent of the nation remains under forest cover at all times. Read more

  • Bhutan has a population falling under one million with an interestingly average age of just 23 years.
  • Bhutan has a lot to offer, from its alluring landscapes to divine monasteries, it hands an exhilarating experience to visiting tourists. Known as the happiest country in the Asian continent, its people and topography are some of the most photogenic in the world. If you seek pleasant conditions, the best time to visit this country is during the spring months starting from March and usually ending in May. For trekking, October is considered safe as the Himalayan peaks are the most visible.
  • Bhutan having one of the lowest crime rates in the world is perfectly safe for travellers. People here, in general, are very hospitable, helpful and friendly. The official language of here is called as ‘Dzongkha’. Apart from that, English is widely spoken along with Hindi.
  • If you are planning to fly to Paro, Indigo Airlines, as well as Royal Bhutan Airlines are two affordable and hassle-free options. As of now, there are only connecting flights available from Delhi, Kolkata, and Guwahati, if you are travelling from any other city within India.
  • What to see in Bhutan?

  • On arrival at Paro, travellers are usually overwhelmed with the numerous tourist spots the town has to offer. The Tiger's Nest Monastery, also known as Paro Taktsang, clings to the cliff 900 meters above the ground, boasting surreal scenery making it one of the most extraordinary locations in Bhutan. To get to the top visitors must hike as vehicles are prohibited.
  • Make sure you have the sacred site of 'Buddha Dordenma' added to your travel itinerary. It is situated in Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Standing at 51 meters tall, it is a famous pilgrimage site, often complemented by the beautiful skies. Did you know Archery is actually Bhutan's national sport? At Changlimithang Stadium and Archery Ground in Thimphu, experience the magic of this sport taught by its masters. DechenPhodrang Monastery and National Memorial Chorten are a must visit too!
  • Bhutanese cuisine revolves around red rice, buckwheat, and maize. Stop over at 'Simply Bhutan' in Thimphu a perfect halt for lunch, enriching your taste buds with its unique dishes. Do not miss out on the local spirit 'Arag', usually made from distilled rice, wheat or maize. While you are in the country, don't miss out on Ema Datshi and JashaMaroo which are known to be local delicacies. Apart from that, Indian and international cuisines are available almost anywhere with plenty of options for vegetarians. Visitors must keep in mind the culture of Bhutan while packing their bags. Considered as a very conservative nation, avoid tight and sleeveless clothes and short skirts. Warm clothing along with sturdy footwear is recommended.
  • Everyone loves a souvenir when leaving a country. Bhutan is packed with markets and plazas to shop from. Norzin Lam Street in Thimphu is popular of all. Here, you can find monastic trumpets, carpets, saddles and bamboo boxes, scarfs, bags, shoes, most of which are handmade. They have all the products sealed and stamped by the NCCA which means that you can pass this through the airport customs.

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Bhutan Facts and Figures

Region
South Asia
Major cities:
Thimphu, Paro, Phuentsholing
Capital:
Thimphu
Time in Bhutan
IST (-) 30 minutes Read more
Language:
Dzongkha
Area:
38,394 km²
Independence day:
August 8
Population:
826,229
Currency:
Bhutanese Ngultrum
Main Airline:
Royal Bhutan Airlines
International Airports:
Paro International Airport (PBH)
Best time to visit:
March to May
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