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Visa Information of Bhutan

The kingdom of Bhutan follows unique visa policies. With an intention of maintaining its ecological balance and protecting its environmental policies, the country limits the total number of visas to be issued in a year. This also ensures the tourists who visit the country enjoy the beauty to its fullest. With respect to visa, all nationals except Indians, Bangladeshis and Maldivans require visa to enter Bhutan (they require a permit available on arrival). To attain visa, foreign nationals should book their travel either with the licensed Bhutanese tour operator or through an international travel agent. Travellers have to send a photo copy of their passport to the agent for the visa application. Visa gets processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan, after the payment of visa fee of $40. It typically takes 3 days for the visa clearance process without which flights tickets cannot be booked.

These visas are issued only at Paro airport or at Phuentsholing (only if the traveller is entering by road), Gelephu or Samdrup Jongkhar. International tourists also need to pay a daily fee during their stay in Bhutan, which is $250 during peak season and $200 for low season. The daily package includes costs of accommodation, meals, transport and driver. Since Bhutan travel policy is highly regulated it is advisable to plan the trip well in advance, in order to have the best travel experience.

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