Bhutan Entry Requirements
Independent travel is not permitted in Bhutan. Visitors are required to
book travel through a registered tour operator in Bhutan. This may be
done directly or through a travel agent abroad. You may check Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators
for information on accredited tour operators.
Further information may be obtained through the Bhutanese Department of Tourism
, PO Box 126, Thimphu, Bhutan.
A non-negotiable daily tariff is set by the Bhutanese Department of
Tourism, which includes all accommodations, all meals, transportation,
services of licensed guides and porters, and cultural programs. The
rate is the same for both cultural tours and treks. Travelers should
contact the Department of Tourism for the latest daily tariff.
Entry by air is available only via India
and Singapore. The border with China is closed. At this time, only
the Bhutanese government airline Drukair and the commercial Bhutan
Airlines services Bhutan. More information on the airline is available
at http://www.drukair.com.bt/. Both airlines will only board travelers
with visa clearance from the Tourism Authority of Bhutan. Airline
tickets cannot be purchased without a visa clearance.
A passport valid for at least 6 months and visa are required
for entry into and exit from Bhutan. Visa and clearance applications
are available from selected travel agencies; visas are granted for the
scheduled travel period. Most visitors, including those on official
U.S. government business, should obtain visas prior to entering the
country. Upon arrival, a visa stamp will be affixed on your passport
after payment of USD $40. You would also need to present two passport
For additional and current entry/exit information, please contact the Tourism Council of Bhutan
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