Bhutan Tourist Visa News

Visa for Visiting Bhutan

  • Visa for Visiting Bhutan

The Royal Bhutanese Embassy in Dhaka does not issue any visas or entry permits for foreigners planning to visit Bhutan. Visas for travel to Bhutan are being issued only by the Department of Immigration, the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, Bhutan. 

Visa procedures for tourists visiting Bhutan: 

With the exception of Bangladeshi, Indian and Maldivian nationals, all other visitors to Bhutan require prior-approved visas to travel to Bhutan. Visas for visitors from countries outside of these three countries are being processed through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator. You can find information on Bhutanese tour operators, hotels, and tour guides on www.tourism.gov.bt and www.bhutan.travel You are required to send a copy of the bio-data page of your passport to the identified tour operator, who will then apply for your visa. Your visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday has been (including $40 visa fee) wire transferred and received in the TCB account. Upon receiving the amount, the visa clearance will be processed within 72 working hours. 

While a prior-approved visa is not required for tourists from Bangladesh, India and the Maldives, visitors from these countries must carry a passport that must be valid for at least six months from the intended date of departure from Bhutan. Moreover, Bangladeshi, Indian and Maldivian tourists must obtain an e-permit that is approved in advance to visit Bhutan. The e-permit can be processed through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator. 

*The standard Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) of USD 65 per person per night is levied on international tourists. However, citizens of Bangladesh, India and the Maldives will be charged a concessional SDF of Nu. 1,200 (approximately USD 16) per night. SDF is a fee levied by the Royal Government of Bhutan to all tourists visiting Bhutan to promote sustainable and responsible tourism under the overall principle of “High Value, Low Volume” tourism, which contributes to social welfare, promotion of culture and enhancement of infrastructure and facilities for tourists. 

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