Visa and Permits

Permits: There are 02 types of PERMIT.
Entry Permit: When you are entering Bhutan, you have to get the Entry Permit which can be procured at the entry point either in Paro airport (when travelling by flight) or in Phuentsholing Bhutan (when travelling overland either from Bagdogra or NJP). 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: If you choose your Itinerary to visit places (Punakha, Wangdue, Bumthang, etc) beyond Paro and Thimphu, you need to have a Route Permit. We need the scanned copy of either your passport or Voter ID card to make your Route Permit in advance. Route permit will ONLY be made in Thimphu on the working days between 09.00 – 11.00 hrs.

  • With the exception of visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives, all other visitors travelling to Bhutan need a visa.
  • The permit can be issued from the capital city of Thimphu or Phuentsholing Bhutan .
  • The permit is issued with the help of a travel agent, who gets in touch with a local Bhutanese guide to complete the necessary paper works.
  • Visa should be issued before the commencement of the tour, not during it
  • You are not allowed to export antiques or wildlife products outside Bhutan
  • Smoking in public is banned nationwide. However, you can inquire about special smoking rooms in several restaurants around the region.