With the exception of visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives, all other visitors traveling to Bhutan must obtain a visa clearance prior the travel to Bhutan. Visas are processed through an online system your behalf by your licensed Bhutanese tour operator directly or through a foreign travel agent that you book your Bhutan tour package with.
You are required to send the photo-page of your passport to your tour operator who will then apply for your visa. The Royal Government of Bhutan sets minimum daily tarrif for packages to Bhutan and this must be paid in US dollars prior to arrival in Bhutan. The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your tour package (including a USD $40 visa fee) has been received in the TCB bank account through your travel agent. Once received, the visa clearance will be processed within 5 working days.
At your point of entry you will be required to show your visa clearance letter, the visa will then be stamped into your passport.
Tourists travelling in a group of two (2) persons or less shall be subject to a surcharge, in addition to the minimum daily package rates. These are as follows;
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There shall be no charge other than visa fee of USD 40 for children below the age of 5 years.
Children between the ages of 5-12 years shall be given 50% discount on minimum daily package rate.
Full time students below the age of 25 years, holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions, shall be given 25% discount on minimum daily package rate.
A GROUP SIZE DISCOUNT of 50% on minimum daily package shall be given to one person in a group of 11 -15 people. 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.
A 50% DURATION DISCOUNT on SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FEE shall be provided after the 8th night and 100% discount on SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FEE shall be provided after 14th night.
100% SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FEE FREE ZONE DISCOUNT shall be provided on SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FEE on first and/or last night for groups with night halt in Phuntsholing, Sarpang and Samdrup Jongkhar on arrival and/or departure
Indian, Bangladeshi 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)).
With the online regional permit system, visitors can also obtain their permit clearances and route permits ahead of their arrival in Bhutan similar to international tourists through their licensed Bhutanese tour operator.