Except for Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian nationals all other nationalities travelling to Bhutan require a visa.

All visas are issued in Thimphu only, the capital of Bhutan. The few Bhutanese missions and embassies abroad do not grant a Bhutanese tourist visa.

Tourists have to apply for a tourist visa in advance through a tour operator, such as Yeoong Travels, and receive an official confirmation for travel to Bhutan.

Visa applications are accepted for processing by the Tourism Council of Bhutan only on receipt of the full tour payment. The Visa approval process takes about seven working days.

Following information and details are required for tourist visa


  • A scanned copy of passport (passport should be valid at least six months)
  • A recent passport-sized photograph,
  • Details about level of education
  • Details about the applicant’s profession/occupation
  • Complete postal address and contact numbers.
  • Passport details along with scanned copies of the passport should be emailed at least a month prior to date of travel to Bhutan.

On approval, a copy of the approved visa’s confirmation and reference number will be emailed to you.

Visitors have to present a copy of the visa clearance letter at the time of check in, to be allowed to board the aircraft flying to Bhutan. The actual visa will be stamped on arrival at Paro international airport or through the land entry points at Phuentsholing, Gelephu or Samdrup Jongkhar.

Visas are only issued to tourists booked with a local licensed tour operator, directly or through a foreign travel agent.

Permits
It is not possible to travel between various districts within Bhutan without obtaining a Route Permits. Exception is held for movement between Paro and Thimphu. We will obtain necessary permit as per your itinerary, which you will have to show at immigration checkpoints at important road junctions.

Tourists can visit the courtyards of dzongs and lhakhang (temple) accompanied of a licensed Bhutanese tour guide but not the inner monasteries. This provision is further subject to certain restrictions, including visiting hours, dress standards and other rules that vary by district.

Except for Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian nationals all other nationalities travelling to Bhutan require a visa.