Bhutan Travel: Passport and Visa Information
Unless you are employed in Bhutan or have a close relative employed in Bhutan or you are a Royal invitee, all foreigners except Indians must process their Bhutan visa through a verified tour operator. Book a trip with us and supply us your passport information, occupation and home address details and leave the rest for the experts to process further. Bhutan visa processing is a part of the tour arrangement. You must bear a passport with validity of 6 months or more at the time of travel and make sure that there are enough blank pages for the entry and exit stamps.
Visa is applied at the Department of Tourism at Thimpu and has to be approved by Foreign Ministry. The latter issues a clearance number which is required while checking in Druk Air flights. The Bhutan Department of Tourism has made it mandatory to produce the evidence of full pre-payment of your tour in order to apply visa for you.
Visa clearance letter is issued a few days ahead of your arrival in Bhutan. All Druk Air Stations, Paro immigration and other ports of entry are faxed a copy of the letter and we will also provide you a copy of the visa letter via fax or a scanned copy by an e-mail. Have the visa copy or reference number handy as it helps in speedy checking in flight and clearing immigration. Your passport is stamped with authentic visa upon arrival at Paro airport or Phuntsoling (if you are entering Bhutan overland). Visa fee is pre-paid by us. Photographs are not required any more.
Bhutan visa will be valid for the period of booked tour only. It is possible to extend visa but you have to buy the package tour paying the standard rate that is set by the government. With your trip application, you will have to supply us a copy of your passport, occupation and home address.