Travel to the Kingdom of Bhutan is highly exquisite. Guided by its tourism policy of “High Value, Low Volume” the sector subscribes to provide the best of services and experience for its guests visiting the country for a glimpse of its unique culture, through quick treks of its immaculate environment and life on vast meadows surrounded by snow-clad mountains.
Visitors can process a visa or permit online from the website of the Department of Immigration. Visitors can also engage us to process the travel documents and plan a trip. We will offer customer service to help answer questions regarding visa applications and to answer questions about travel within the country.
Passports or any acceptable documents legitimizing your nationality is all you need to produce. The visa fee is USD 40 per person and it is non-refundable. While the process to issue the visa is usually quick, the visa can take up to five working days to process. Tourists from India are levied SDF (Sustainable Development Fee) of Nu. 1,200 or equivalent amount in INR per person per night. Visitors from all other countries are levied SDF of USD 200 per person, per night. There will be a concessionary levy of 50% on the SDF for children between the ages of 6-12 years and exemptions of SDF for children aged 5 years and below. visitors to Bhutan will make an active contribution to Bhutan's economic, social and cultural development.
The Sustainable Development Fee enables investment in transformative programmes that preserve our cultural traditions, protect our heritage and environment, upgrade infrastructure, create opportunities for our young people, and build resilience. For more on the SDF, visiting Bhutan and our plans, visit www.bhutan.travel.
Visitors to the country can also avail of the free healthcare during their stay in Bhutan. Neighboring tourists driving to the country can do so through designated entry points of Phuntsholing and Samdrupjongkhar. For those flying into the country are received at the Paro international airport. Approved visas are normally given a visa clearance letter, which must be presented at the points of entry, which is then stamped on the passports