Visa/Entry Permit to Bhutan

Visa/Entry Permit to Bhutan: With the exception of visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives, all other visitors travelling to Bhutan need a visa. Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals can obtain a permit at the port of entry on producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity (Indian nationals may also use their Voters Identity Card (VIC)).  All other tourists must obtain a visa clearance prior the travel to Bhutan.  Visas are processed through an online system by your licensed Bhutanese tour operator directly or through a foreign travel agent.    You are required to send the photo-page of your passport to your tour operator who 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. 

Regional tourists are the citizens of Bangladesh, India, and Maldives visiting Bhutan for the purpose of leisure tourism including those visiting Bhutan for pilgrimage.

Passport is the valid travel document and it must be valid for at least six months from the intended date of departure from Bhutan.

  • Information on Bhutanese tour operator, hotels, and tour guides can be found on www.guide2bhutan.com
    • In addition, information is also available on https://www.bhutan.travel

SDF is a fee levied by the Royal Government of Bhutan to all tourists visiting Bhutan. This is levied to promote sustainable and responsible tourism under the overall
principle of “High value, Low volume” tourism. SDF contributes to social welfare, developmental activities, conservation of environment, promotion of culture, and enhancement of infrastructure and facilities for tourists.

The valid travel permit for the regional tourist is an e-permit that is approved in advance.

The standard SDF of USD 65 per person per night is levied to international tourists. However, the tourists from Bangladesh, India and Maldives shall be levied a concessional SDF of Nu. 1200 per person per night, equivalent to approximately USD 16.

In order to be eligible for the e-permit the regional tourist, through the licensed Bhutanese tour operator, should furnish the following:
1. Details of the confirmed tour itinerary
2. Details of the confirmed accommodation
3. Details of the confirmed ground transport
4. Details of a licensed Bhutanese tour guide
5. Pay the Sustainable Development Fee (SDF)

• The e-permit can be processed through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator. However, regional tourists may select or recommend your
own preferred choice of itinerary and services,
for example tour guide, hotel, and transport.
• The regional tourists can also use the counterparts of the licensed Bhutanese tour operators in other countries to arrange a tour in Bhutan. However, the foreign tour operator will still need to use the
services of a licensed Bhutanese tour operator
in order to apply for an e-permit and to arrange
other services like a licensed Bhutanese guide,
accommodation and ground transport services.

• Yes, SDF can be refunded in case the tour gets cancelled.
• However, please discuss with the licensed Bhutanese tour operator on cancellation policy for tour payment refund.

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