Bhutan

Visa-Pre-Arrival, stay [the tour duration]
For ALL passports
Posted: 2017-09-16 - Last updated 2021-04-21
Source:
Tourism Council of Bhutan
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Region: South Asia

Pandemic Travel Alert

CLOSED TO LEISURE TRAVEL

Most recent update: 2020-10-02 - Travellers from India allowed entry under Air Travel Bubble Arrangement

Entry

General Policy
  1. Starting 23 March 2020, all international borders are closed until further notice. Bhutan nationals are exempted for entry, and non-nationals are exempted for exit.
  2. Starting 1 October 2020, travellers from India are permitted entry under an Air Travel Bubble Arrangement.
Sources:
  1. Ministry of Home & Cultural Affairs (2020-03-22)
  2. Bhutan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Business/Employment Travel
  • Starting 4 June 2020, foreign workers in the professional/skilled categories in priority sectors are exempt and permitted entry.

(Source: Ministry of Home & Cultural Affairs (2020-06-01))

COVID-19 Related Entry Requirements

(Source: Bhutan Ministry of Foreign Affairs )

Testing
  1. All travellers entering Bhutan must produce a COVID-19 negative certificate at the port of entry. Bhutanese returning home are exempted from this requirement. The test must be carried out by RT-PCR from a certified laboratory NOT earlier than 72 hours (3 days) prior to leaving the country of origin.
  2. Migrant workers from India may produce a RAPID ANTIGEN Test Negative Certificate if they do not have access to RT-PCR testing.
Quarantine
  • All Bhutanese and foreigners have to undergo mandatory facility quarantine for 21 days and testing as per existing protocols of the Ministry of Health. Cost of quarantine and testing and/or medical treatment, if required, for foreigners have to be borne by themselves.

Exit

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Other

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Pre-pandemic visa rules

Requirements

Passport Validity
6 months
Other Documents
With the exception of visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives, all other visitors require a visa which must be pre-arranged through a licensed Bhutanese Tour Operator or one of their international partners. Visa clearance must be obtained through the tour operator prior to travel (Exception: holders of passports from India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives may obtain a visa on entry). Timaticweb warns, "Note: Airline tickets will not be issued without this clearance". Currently, tour prices start at US$200 per day. The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday (including visa fee) has been wire transferred and received in the TCB bank account. All travel arrangements to Bhutan must be made through a local tour operator.
Transit
- No transit without visa facilities available.
Dual Nationality
U.S. policy on dual nationality can be found here.

Additional Notes

  1. Stay is not extendable.
Sources:

Applicable Passports: