With the exception of visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives, all other visitors to Bhutan need a visa. Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals can obtain a visa at the port of entry on producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6 month validity (Indian nationals may also use their Voters Identity Card (VIC)). All other tourists must obtain a visa clearance prior to travel to Bhutan. Your Visas are processed through an online system by us. You are required to send the photo-page of your passport to us and we will then apply for your visa. The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday (including a USD $40 visa fee) has been wire transferred and received. Once received, the visa clearance will be processed within 72 working hours. At your point of entry you, will be required to show your visa clearance letter, the visa will then be stamped into your passport.
Custom and Immigration
The following articles are exempt from duty: (a) Personal effects and articles for day to day use by the visitor?(b) 1 litre of alcohol (spirits or wine)?(c) 200 cigarettes, on payment of import duty of 200%?(d) Instruments, apparatus or appliances for professional use?(e) Photographic equipment, video cameras and other electronic goods for personal use You have to complete the passenger declaration form on your arrival before checking out. The articles mentioned under (d) & (e) must be declared on the declaration form. If any such items are disposed of in Bhutan by sale or gift, they are liable for customs duty. On departure, visitors are required to surrender their forms to the Customs authorities. Import/export restrictions of the following goods is strictly prohibited:? (a) Arms, ammunition and explosives? (b) All narcotics and drugs except medically prescribed drugs (c) Wildlife products, especially those of endangered species ?(d) Antiques Imports of plants, soils etc. are subject to quarantine regulations. These items must be cleared on arrival. Visitors are advised to be cautious in purchasing old and used items, especially of religious or cultural significance, as such items may not be exported without a clearance certificate.