It’s easy and quick to apply for a visa (or permission), which advances your trip to Bhutan.
Before visiting Bhutan, all tourists must get a visa (with the exception of individuals from India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives, for whom the applicable procedures and costs are detailed separately below).
You will be required to pay the Sustainable Development Fee (SDF), which is $200 per day (per adult; child rates are discounted), as part of the visa application procedure.
Additionally, a $40 one-time, non-refundable visa application cost is due. If you’re going with a tour operator or staying at a hotel, they can apply on your behalf. You can also apply for a visa or permission online by filling out an application form.
If you have the necessary information for each individual travelling, you can submit an application for yourself and anyone else you’re travelling with.
INDIA, BANGLADESH, AND THE MALDIVES VISITORS
Indian visitors must have a permit. If you’re going with a tour operator or staying at a hotel, they can apply on your behalf. You can also apply for this before arriving here. There are no upfront costs.
You can also apply at your point of entry, but be warned that depending on the volume of applicants at the time, there might be a lengthy wait. You need a passport-size photo if you’re asking for a permit on arrival. Additionally, you must have insurance for the duration of your visit, which you can arrange in advance or buy when you get there. You must pay your SDF when you apply for your permit, whether in person or online.
Bangladeshi and Maldivian visitors need visas, but the procedure is the same as that described above for Indian citizens: you can apply and pay the pertinent SDF online before travelling, or you can do this in person upon arrival. We advise making your permit or visa arrangements in advance.