An expedition to the Land of GNH.

Passport and Visas


  • Must have valid passport
  • Must have at least TWO, clean, unused pages.
  • Do NOT count amendment pages when determining if you have two, clean unused pages.
  • A blank passport page must not show ink or stains from other pages, or it is unusable.


With the exception of visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives, all other visitors to Bhutan need a visa.

Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals can obtain a visa at the port of entry on producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6 month validity (Indian nationals may also use their Voters Identity Card (VIC)).

All other tourists must obtain a visa clearance prior to travel to Bhutan. Visas are processed through an online system by your licensed Bhutanese tour operator, directly or through a foreign travel agent.

You are required to send the photo-page of your passport to your tour operator who will then apply for your visa. The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday (including a USD $40 visa fee) has been wire transferred and received in the TCB bank account. Once received the visa clearance will be processed within 72 working hours.

At your point of entry you will be required to show your visa clearance letter, the visa will then be stamped into your passport.

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Airport Security Regulations

According to security regulations, passengers are advised:

  • Not to accept any baggage/packet from unknown persons,
  • Not to leave baggage unobserved at anytime especially within airport area. Airport/Security Staff as object of suspicion may remove unattended baggage.
  • To declare before check-in, if carrying any arms or explosive substances. Concealment is an offence under Aircraft Act & Rules.
  • To carry only one hand baggage. Its sum of three dimensions (viz. length, breadth and height) should not exceed 100 cm.
  • To remove battery cells/dry cells from radios, transistor sets, two-in-ones and other such electrical/electronic items and hand over to the airline staff before security check or carry them in registered baggage.

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