Visa is needed for traveling to Bhutan and it is processed in Thimphu through a local tour operator such as Pinehill Bhutan Travels. Foreign missions or embassies abroad will not grant tourist visa.

We will apply for your Bhutan visa after the full tour payment is received. Passport details should be forwarded to the tour operator at least 1 month prior to date of travel to process for visa. The following documents are required:

  1. Scanned Passport Copy. Your photo must be clear.
  2. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 month after your planned date of departure from Bhutan.
  1. Passport size photo is NOT required for immigration at Paro airport.

The visa is stamped only on arrival in Bhutan with the support of visa clearance number, which will be sent to you in advance.

For travelers entering Bhutan via air, visa clearance number is forwarded to the concerned overseas Air Stations. Passengers will not be allowed to board the flight without the clearance number.

For travelers entering the country by surface via Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar (The border town in the Southern Bhutan), visa clearance number is forwarded to the Local Authority and the actual visa is stamped on arrival. Two copies of passport size photographs are required on arrival.

Visa fee is USD 40 per person one time and which should be paid along with the tour payment.

Please make sure to travel with the same passport on which the Bhutan visa was issued. Also, be reminded that you have the necessary visas & documents required for other countries that you may transit through or visit before/after Bhutan.