Apart from Indian and Bangladeshi nationals, all other visitors to Bhutan require a visa. The visas are issued from the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu. Keep in mind that visas are only issued to tourists booked with a local licensed tour operator, directly or through a foreign travel agent. Applications for tourist visas are submitted by the tour operator after receiving the total payment of your tour. The visa clearance from Thimphu must be obtained before your arrival in Bhutan. The process of receiving a Visa clearance takes atleast 10 days of time. Air tickets to Bhutan cannot be purchased unless and until you have the Visa clearance. Once you arrive in the country, your passport will be stamped at the entry point.
For the cancellation of your booked tour programme you will be subjected to the following cancellation charges:
- within 30 days prior to your tour ~ no charges
- within 21 days ~ 10% of rate
- within 14 days ~ 15% of rate
- within 7 days ~ 30% of rate
- less than 7 days or without notice ~ 100% of rate
- after arrival in Bhutan ~ 100%
In case of delays in arrival and departure, because of weather conditions disrupting flights or road blocks, you will not be subjected to any extra charges. But the tourist must bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required, by his own.
- INR (Indian Rupees) are widely accepted in Bhutan. Indians can even withdraw Bhutanese currency using their Indian debit card.
- The total cost for a Bhutanese Visa is $250 a day in the peak season whereas $200 a day for off-season.
- Direct flights are available from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Singapore and Thailand to Bhutan.
- Big groups and minors can even apply for discounts and rebates.