Bhutan Visa is issued only on arrival in Bhutan. Visa is issued either at Paro airport or at Phuentsholing, Gelephu or at Samdrup Jongkhar. The easiest way is to apply in advance through your tour operator and get it on arrival. All applications are approved by Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Thimphu. All applications are filed online with a photo page of traveler’s photo.
*VISA applications can be downloaded from MoHCA website.
*If your VISA has less than 6 months of validity, it’s a good idea to get it renewed before applying for a Visa.
Nationals from India, Bangladesh and Maldives do not require VISA on arrival. Indian travelers are allowed to travel throughout Bhutan on their own, even if there is no tour operator. A seven day entery –cum – stay permit is given at the border on presentation of original passport. However, this permit is only for travel in Phuentsholing, Thimphu and Paro.
VISA for Children below 18 years old
For children who are below 18 years old VISA application needs to be attached with copy of birth certificate and identity document.
On arrival at airport you will receive a baggage declaration form to list out all the costly items you are bringing in BHUTAN while entering the country. You will need to list out items like camera and laptops which has to be listed in the form. You need to show this form while leaving the country, so keep this form safely till to return. If you lose the form in any case, let your guide or travel agency know otherwise you will have to leave back your expensive belongings in Bhutan only or you will have to spend hours explaining things to customs.
Export of antiques and wildlife is strictly prohibited in bhutan.