Other than Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals, all visitors to Bhutan require a visa; all visas are issued from Thimphu; visas are only issued to tourists booked with a local licensed tour operator, directly or through a foreign travel agent. The tour operator submits applications for tourist visas. Visa clearance from Thimphu must be obtained before coming to Bhutan. Once payment is made, a visa is issued within 24 working hours. At your point of entry, the visa will be stamped in your passport on payment of US$40, two passport photos will also be required.
Many who wish to travel to Bhutan find the visa procedures very complicated. Once you understand our procedure it’s very simple to acquire a Bhutanese visa. It’s usual that most countries issue the visas through their embassies, which is stamped the passport, but that’s not the case for Bhutan.
One must apply for Bhutanese visa way ahead of your travel plan, through Signatures Of Himalayas in Bhutan. In this case, we will be issuing your visa within 24 working days, once your tour payment is being made. After your choice of the itinerary, travel schedule planned, with all flights confirmed and your tour payment fully made, we will process your visa. We have an online account to apply your visa, for which we have to punch in all the travel details, like the approved itinerary, passport scanned copy, flight details etc as mentioned in the list below. If in a group, we apply visas for all people traveling at once.
Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals do not require a visa. However, it’s recommended booking your travel through a tour operator in Bhutan.
Note: Your passport must have a validity of 6 months.
E-mail us the following details, with a scanned copy of your passport.
• Full Name
• Permanent Address
• Date and Place of Birth
• Passport Number
• Date and Place of Issue
• Date of expiration
• Date of Visa requirement
• Entry and Exit port
Through our online system, we apply for your visa and then the Ministry of Foreign Affairs approved the visa on our database. We the E-mail you the copy of your visa or the group visa, which you will have to print it and carry along your air tickets while traveling to Bhutan.