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Bhutan visa & entry requirements

Bhutan visa information

Do I need a visa to visit Bhutan?

All foreign nationals visiting Bhutan require a visa, with the exception of Indian, Bangladesh and Maldives passport holders. This must be arranged in advance of travel.

How do I arrange my visa for Bhutan?

The Bhutanese visa is arranged in advance of travel by our local team. You will need to provide us with a scanned copy of your passport, after which an approval letter will be issued which you will need to show on arrival into Bhutan. Your visa will then be stamped into your passport. 

How much does a visa cost?

The visa fee of $40 USD per person is included in the cost of your trip. It is essential that your passport is valid for a minimum of six months from your arrival into Bhutan.

What happens if I am travelling via India?

If you are flying via India, then it’s important to note that on arrival at Delhi airport you will need to clear immigration and customs, collect your luggage, and proceed upstairs to check in for your Druk Air flight to Paro in Bhutan. Even though you are only transiting through Delhi you will require an Indian visa which is possible to arrange this online. Click here for more information.

Covid-19 entry requirements

The following information is based on each adult traveller being full vaccinated. The vaccination requirements for children vary (and change continuously) however we can advise on this. For unvaccinated travellers the entry requirements are far more prohibitive and in many cases not possible at all – please check the www.gov.uk (or your home country’s equivalent) website for full details.

Do I need a PCR test before travelling to Bhutan?

No

What else will I need?

As of 4th July 2022, Bhutan has introduced a new “Test and Go” system (hotel quarantine for 24 hrs or until negative R-PCR result is declared) has been instituted. Testing will be done at the respective points of entry  (Paro, Phuentsholing, Gelephu, Samdrup Jonkghar) and test result will be shared within 24hrs. You will be able to travel freely after 24 hours (mandatory)  if the RT-PCR test result is negative. Those testing positive will follow self-isolation for 5 days.

The test and go scheme is expected to be removed on 23rd September 2022.

Check that the name on your passport matches how it is displayed by NHS COVID at least 4 weeks before you travel. If the names are different, contact your GP practice to have your details updated. 

You should also download the digital version of your NHS Covid Pass.

A travel insurance policy that includes covid related medical cover (you must travel with this policy documentation).

And finally...

Entry and testing requirements change regularly. We will do all we can to keep you updated of any changes, however you must please check at www.gov.uk regularly for any updates (and certainly within the 7 days before you travel).

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