All visitors require a visa before travelling to Bhutan (except those from India, Bangladesh and the Maldives, for whom the relevant processes and fees are outlined separately below).
As part of the visa application process, you will be required to pay the Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) of US$100 per day (per adult; concessionary rates apply for children). More information about the SDF can be found here.
A non-refundable, one-off visa application fee of US$40 is also payable.
You can apply online for a visa by completing an application form, or if you’re travelling with a tour operator or staying at a hotel, they can apply on your behalf.
You can apply for yourself and anyone you’re travelling with, provided you have the required information for each person travelling.
To apply for a visa online you will need:
• A digital copy of a valid passport
• A recent digital passport photo
• Arrival and departure dates
• Valid travel insurance for the duration of your travel
• Payment details
There are a few simple steps to follow when you apply for your visa:
• Sign the Pledge of Friendship, thus committing to protecting, preserving and positively contributing to our kingdom
• Create an account
• Add your travel information
• Pay for your visa application and the SDF fee for your planned stay
You can save your application at any time and return to complete it at a later date. Once submitted, it will be reviewed within five working days.
Sample of Passport and Passport Size Photo.
The visa or permit will be issued for a maximum of 90 days.
The visa or permit extension can be processed by the Department of Immigration before the expiry of the visa or permit, whichever is applicable. The applicable SDF and visa or permit extension fees shall be paid to the Department of Immigration.
While the process is usually quite quick for visa or permit extensions, it can take up to five working days.
A guest or a service provider can process an application for a visa or permit extension.