Travel Information for Bhutan

Visa & Package Trips

All tourists visiting Bhutan, except Indian, Bangladesh and Maldives Passport holders require a visa.
Tourists Visa can only be obtained through local Bhutanese Tour Operator, with whom you must book a pre-planned package trip.
Travel in Bhutan require payment of Minimum Tariff set by the Government of Bhutan that includes basic package trip that includes accommodation, meals, Guide, transfers, tourist fees, visa fees.
For additional services, such as better hotels, inclusion of other services not covered by this package, you will pay extra.
Once your trip is planned and booked, and upon payment for your trip, your Bhutan Visa Clearance Letter is issued.
This Visa Clearance letter can be emailed or sent digitally to you.
The actual visa is then stamped on your passport upon arrival at the airport or at the entry point (if you arriving by land), based on this pre-Approved Visa letter.
Bhutan Embassies and Missions abroad does not issue Tourist Visa.
You are required to provide a copy of the passport to the Tour Operator and do not require actual passport.

Visas for Official visits to Bhutan are processed through the Govt. agencies, NGOS, UN organisations or agencies inviting you to Bhutan.
Tourist Bhutan Visa fees (currently $40) are paid is paid along with your tour payment in advance through your tour operator. Validity of your visa is till the date of your tour.

Land Entry & Flights into Bhutan

Paro (1hr away from Thimphu) is the only international airport in Bhutan.
Western Tourists (those who book the package trip) can enter and exit Bhutan by flight into Paro. They can also enter and exit by land from Phuentsholing, Samdrup Jongkhar and Gelephu.
Druk Air (the national carrier) and Bhutan Airlines (also called Tashi Airlines) are the only two airlines operating flight into Bhutan. These two carrier operates daily flights from Delhi, Kathmandu, Bangkok (BKK) and there are occasional flights from Singapore, Bagdogra and Guwahati.

Travelling within Bhutan

Currently there are three domestic airports in Bumthang, Gelephu and Yonphula. Druk Air operates few seasonal flights to these airports. Inclement to weather, these flights are not reliable, especially to Yonphula airport. Bumthang is bit more reasonable to plan. All travels within Bhutan, otherwise is by land.