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Bhutan Visa Policy (Updated as of August 2023)

Bhutan cherishes its unique cultural heritage and pristine environment by regulating tourism through a policy of High Value, Low Impact.

As of August 2023, the Royal Government of Bhutan has introduced new incentives and policy measures to boost the tourism sector, acknowledging its significant role in generating employment, earning foreign exchange, and spurring economic growth across ancillary industries.

  • Visa Requirement: All tourists, except for visitors from India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives, need a visa to enter Bhutan. Indian visitors require a permit, while nationals of Bangladesh and the Maldives are eligible for a visa on arrival.
  • Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) Incentives: A 50% discount on the prevailing SDF of USD 200 is offered to US Dollar paying tourists, reducing the SDF to USD 100 per person per day. This discount also applies to US Dollar-paying children aged between 6 and 12 years. Furthermore, the 24-hour SDF waiver for tourists staying in border towns will continue.
  • Application Process: Visitors can apply for a visa clearance or permit online through the Department of Immigration’s website or engage tourism service providers like Druk Asia to handle travel documents and trip planning.
  • Effective Period: These incentives are effective from 1 September 2023 until 31 August 2027, with periodic assessments to be conducted by the Royal Government.

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What Are The Visa Requirements For Bhutan?

To apply for a Bhutan visa, you will need the following documents:

  1. A digital copy of a valid passport with at least six months of validity beyond your departure date from Bhutan.

  2. A recent digital passport photo.

  3. Arrival and departure dates.

  4. Valid travel insurance for the duration of your travel.

  5. A one-off visa application fee of USD40.

  6. Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) of USD100 per night per adult and USD50 for children aged 5 to below 12 years old. For children below 5 years, the SDF is waived.

Should you be visiting Bhutan through a licensed tour operator like Druk Asia we will facilitate the visa application process, including the submission of these documents.

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How Much Does A Bhutan Visa Cost?

The visa fee for Bhutan remains at USD 40.

How Much Does A Bhutan Visa Cost?

All tourists entering Bhutan are subjected to a Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) of USD 100 per night.

Children under 5 years old are exempt from the SDF, while those aged 5 to 12 years are required to pay USD 50 per night. It's important to note that the SDF does not cover accommodation, meals, transportation, or guide services.

Regional tourists from India are required to apply for a permit and pay 1200 INR/night.

Age SDF Permit (Indian Passports only)
0- 5 years old Gratis 1200 INR / night
5 – 12 years old $50 USD/night
Adult above 12 years old $100 USD / night

The Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) aims to maintain the country's cultural and environmental integrity, preserving its unique beauty for generations to come. By embracing this commitment to sustainability through the SDF fee, visitors actively contribute to the conservation of Bhutan's natural wonders.

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How To Apply For A Bhutan Tourist Visa?

You can apply online for a visa or permit by completing an application form, or if you’re travelling with a tour operator like Druk Asia, we 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.

There are a few simple steps to follow when you apply for your visa:

  • Sign our 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.

However, to ensure that you have a hassle-free experience, simply get in touch with our Travel Specialists and we’ll be more than happy to assist you with your Bhutan visa application.

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End-to-End Visa Assistance: Druk Asia, as your tour operator, will manage the entire visa application process, including document submission and SDF payment, leveraging our expertise to ensure hassle-free approval.

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From Application To Approval: How It Works

Consultation: Reach out to us with your travel plans. Our team will provide an overview of the visa requirements and gather necessary information from you.

Documentation: We'll guide you through the documentation needed for your application and review everything to ensure compliance with Bhutan’s visa policies.

Application Submission: Leave the paperwork to us. We’ll handle the submission of your visa application to the Bhutanese immigration authorities.

VISA Confirmation: Once approved, we'll send you the visa electronically. Our guarantee means you can look forward to your trip without any visa worries.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Visa Requirements For Bhutan

How and where do I apply for Visa?

Your Visa to Bhutan can be processed online from the website of the Department of Immigration. Or it can be processed by an authorized and registered travel agent such as us.

My Bhutan travel visa is issued on my old passport which was close to expiring. Will there be any problems when I reach the immigration in Bhutan?

If your Bhutan travel visa is issued on your old passport, you will have to bring along your old passport with you to Bhutan. The Department of Immigration will need to verify your details on your old passport too. A fine of up to 10,000 Nu will be imposed if traveller fail to present both the traveller's old and new passport. Alternatively, please inform your Bhutan travel agent to update your visa if there's still a week to go before your trip.

How much is the visa fee and how long does it take to issue?

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.

I can't find embassy of Bhutan in my country. How do I apply for the Visa?

Your Visa will be applied by your tour operator. You would not need to make an appointment with Bhutan embassy. Embassy of Bhutan does not provide tourist Visa services.

I travel frequently and I can't send my passport for Visa application. How can I get the Visa?

We don't need your physical passport to apply for tourist Visa. We simply need a color scanned copy of your passport to make the Visa application

When is the best time to travel to Bhutan?

You can travel to Bhutan all year round, but the best months are March to May and September to November. For more information please visit Best Time To Visit Bhutan

Is the 50% SDF discount a reduction in the SDF rate?

Bhutan's SDF remains at USD 200 per person per night. The effective SDF with the 50% discount is USD 100 per person per night for US Dollar paying tourists. This is a time-limited incentive until 2027.

Will previous duration incentives (4+4, 7+7, 12+18 nights packages) still be available?

No, the incentives introduced in June 2023 (4+4, the 7+7 and the 12+18 have been revoked and are no longer applicable). However, the 24 hour SDF waiver for border towns in Bhutan remains valid.

Can the 50% discount be combined with the SDF waiver for border towns?

No, it cannot be combined. Visitors wishing to explore border towns before or after the SDF discount must apply for another visa.

Explain the 50 % SDF discount for children aged between 6 to 12 years for US Dollar paying children visiting as tourists?

The 50% discount shall be on the USD 100 rate. Therefore, the effective SDF with the 50% discount for children will be USD 50 per person per night for US Dollar paying tourists. Children who have not yet turned six years old are eligible to visit Bhutan without paying any SDF.

When does the 50% SDF discount take effect?

It starts on September 1, 2023. Until then, the existing system remains in place.

How long is the 50% SDF discount valid?

It's valid until September 2027. Further details post-2027 will be announced one year before the validity ends.

Is the 50% SDF incentive calculated on a per day or per night basis?

It’s calculated on a per night basis.

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