Bhutan is known for its unparalleled beauty, monasteries, fortresses, spectacular towns, distinctive culture and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropics to high mountains and valleys.
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Bhutan is a fantastic place to visit. Every year the number of people visiting Bhutan is increasing. Bhutan is a harmonious place, where culture and traditions remain untouched. If you are thinking about visiting Bhutan, it is better to go before it is too late.
To visit Bhutan, the first thing you need to have is a Bhutan Tourist Visa.
Who does not need a Bhutan visa?
Everyone needs to obtain a Bhutan Tourist Visa to visit Bhutan. But if you are a national of India, Bangladesh and Maldives, you do not need to apply for a visa to enter Bhutan for a specified period. You only need to obtain a valid passport with a validity of up to 6 months.
Note that if you are a holder of any service or diplomatic passport of Switzerland or Thailand, you also do not require a visa to visit Bhutan for up to 90 days.
What is a Bhutan Tourist Visa?
If you want to enter Bhutan for a visit purpose, you need to apply for a Bhutan Tourist Visa. It is a type of a permit that allows you to enter Bhutan for a specific period. You have to apply for a Bhutan Tourist Visa for at least one month before you arrive in the country. It is valid for up to 90-days with a stay of about 7 to 14 days. The Tourism Council of Bhutan issues the visa.
Note that an individual cannot directly apply for Bhutan Tourist Visa. The local and authorized tour operator of Bhutan booked the tour package on your behalf. A local tour operator can be booked directly or through a foreign travel agent.
Processing time for a Bhutan Tourist Visa
In maximum cases, the tourism council will process and approve a visa within 72 hours. But in certain situations, it will take about 10 to 15 days for visa processing.
Cost of a Bhutan Tourist Visa
It will cost the US $40 per person. The Cost is usually included in your travel package, so you do not need to pay for it separately.
What will be the requirements for a Bhutan Tourist Visa?
You require the following documents to get a Bhutan Tourist Visa.
1. A valid passport with a validity of 6-month
2. A Passport size photo
3. Travel package from a Bhutan Travel Operator
4. Travel arrangement
5. Visa payment must be one month before your arrival