Bhutan

Entry Formalities & Documentation For Travelers From India, Bangladesh And Maldives
Entry Permits And Special Permits (Applicable For Travelers From India, Bangladesh And Maldives)

Traveling To Bhutan Does Not Require Any Visa. However They Need A Travel Permit To Visit Bhutan & Do Not Need To Pay The Government Royalty And Do Not Need A Bhutan Visa To Travel To Bhutan.

Permits

There Are 02 Types Of Permit

Entry Permit While Entering From Surface Transport

If You Are Entering Bhutan Via Land (Phuentsholing) (When Travelling Overland Either From Bagdogra Or Njp). You Have To Process Your Entry Permit In The Immigration Office In Phuentsholing. Only On Working Day (Monday-Friday) Excluding Saturday, Sunday & Bhutan National Holidays.

Travel Documents Required With Presence Of The Guest
  • Valid Indian Passport (Above 6 Months Validity) Or Voters Identity Card (Anyone) Is A Must For 18 Years And Above.
  • Child Below 5 Years (Birth Certificate Is Required).
  • Child Between 6 – 17 Years Academic School Identity Card Is Required.
  • 04 Recent Passport Size Photographs For Each Guest.

Entry Permit While Entering From Paro Airport

If You Are Entering Bhutan Via Air (Paro ) You Have To Process Your Entry Permit In The Immigration Office In Paro Airport.

Your National Passport Or Valid Photo Identity Proof Issued By The Government Of Citizenship Identity Card Or Voter Identity Card Confirming Your Citizenship Is Required To Process The Permit.

Entry Permit Cannot Be Made In Advance As Physical Appearance Is Required At The Immigration Office. Entry Permit Is Also A Valid Document To Visit Thimphu And Paro.

ROUTE PERMIT FOR VISITING PLACES FURTHER TO PARO AND THIMPHU / ROUTE PERMIT

The Permits Are Issued On Arrival Made In Thimphu On The Working Days Between 09.00 – 11.00 Hrs.
If You Visit Places (Punakha, Wangdue, Bumthang, Etc) Beyond Paro And Thimphu, You Need To Have A Route Permit. The Only Document Required Is The Entry Permit For Paro .And We Need The Scanned Copy Of Either Your Passport Or Voter Id Card Or Valid Photo Identity Proof Issued By The Government To Make Your Route Permit In Advance.

Your Permit/Visa Will Be Issued At The Paro Airport On Arrival. Indian, Bangladeshi And Maldivian Nationals Travelling To Countries Other Than Their Home Country From Bhutan May Require A Valid Passport As Per The Immigration Rules Of The Country You Are Traveling To.

Entering Bhutan By Flight

While Collecting Your Airlines Boarding Pass You Are Given 02 Forms At Druk Air Counter.

Embarkation & Disembarkation Card (Blue Form)

You Are Required To Fill Up The Form Completely And Submit The Same To The Authority. The Concern Officer Retains The Disembarkation Card And Return The Embarkation Card Back To You Which Is Again Required While Exiting Bhutan. Do Not Lose This Card.

Immigration Form (Yellow Form)

You Are Required To Fill And Submit This Form At The Immigration Counter While Getting The Entry Permit At Bhutan Airport.

Bhutan Entry Permit For Passport Holder

Bhutan Entry Permit Are Stamped On The Passport Itself. It Is Must To Carry Your Passport While Traveling & Taking Inter Point Connection. You Will Not Be Allowed To Leave The Country Without Stamping The Exit On It.

Voter ID Card / Similar Documents

Bhutan Entry Permit Are Issued Separately On Papers After Verifying Voter ID Card. This Document Must Be Carried While Traveling & Taking Inter Point Connection. You Are Also Advised To Make Photo Copy Of The Paper Permit And Keep It In Safe Custody As You Will Not Be Allowed To Leave The Country Without Surrendering This Paper Permit In Original. This Permit Is Also Required To Make The Route Permit For Visiting Any Other Area Other Than Thimphu & Paro.

Exiting Bhutan By Flight

While Collecting Your Airlines Boarding Pass You Are Given 02 Forms At The Druk Air Counter.

Declaration From For Departing Passengers (Blue Form)

You Are Required To Fill It And Submit At The Immigration Counter Along With Entry Permit (Original Copy) And Embarkation Card Which Is Given To You While Entering Bhutan.

Immigration Form (Yellow Form)

You Are Required To Fill Up This Immigration Form (Yellow Form) And This Form Has To Be Submitted At The Immigration Counter At The Final Port Of Disembarkation, Ie Bagdogra, Kolkata, Delhi And Other Airport Connected By Druk Air In India.

Bhutan Entry Permit

This Is The Same Paper Permit Issued While Entering Bhutan. You Will Not Be Allowed To Leave The Country Without Surrendering This Paper Permit In Original.

Exiting Bhutan By Surface

While Exiting From Phuentsholing You Will Have To Surrender Original Entry Permit Which Was Given To You While Entering Bhutan At Immigration Office, Karbandi, Which Is 5 Km Before Phuentsholing. You Will Not Be Allowed To Leave The Country Without Surrendering This Paper Permit In Original, Issued At Paro / Phuntsholing.

Notes
  • Declaration Form Basically States That You Are Not Carrying Any Prohibited Items Out Of Bhutan
  • Embarkation Form Is The Left Over Form While Entering Bhutan.
  • Yellow Form Is Basically A Self-Declaration Of Items Carried By You On Flight.I.E.Number Of Check In Baggage, Hand Baggage, Duty & Duty Free Items.
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