Visa Requirements for US Passport Holders – Bhutan (Kingdom of Bhutan)

Indians, Bangladeshis, and Maldivians are the only nationalities to which a visa is not required.  All visitors of Bhutan require a visa prior to entry.

It is important to note that visas are only granted to tourists booked with a local licensed tour operator.  Bhutan does not allow independent travel arrangements, and you can either go straight to their local tour operators via their tourism council website, or ask your travel agent to do so on your behalf.  Your tour operator will be responsible for submitting your application for a visa.  Since all visas are issued from Thimphu, prior clearance is needed before coming to Bhutan.  This clearance takes 10 days to process.  Without this clearance, you will not be able to purchase a plane ticket to Bhutan.  Once you enter the country, your visa will be stamped, with a fee of 20 USD.  Please prepare two passport photos as it is required upon entry.  This visa is good for a 15-day stay.  This can be extended for a fee of 510 Ngultrums.

When you set up your travel arrangements for Bhutan, the Royal Government has already set a minimum amount for the packages that you can avail.  This is not negotiable and will have to be paid prior to your arrival.

Entry via plane is only available when flying from Bangladesh, Nepal, and Thailand.  Paro Airport is the only international airport in Bhutan, and Druk Air, the government’s airline, is the only carrier servicing this airport. They will only board travelers with visa clearance from Bhutan.

More Information

You can get more information about this travel destination through the Tourism Council of Bhutan:

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