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All visitors require a visa before travelling to Bhutan (except those from India, Bangladesh and the Maldives, for whom the relevant processes and fees are outlined separately below. As part of the visa application process, you will be required to pay the Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) of US$100 per day (per adult; concessionary rates apply for children).

A non-refundable, one-off visa application fee of US$40 is also payable.

You can process your visa by providing information and documents listed below to a tour operator. 

Applying for a visa (or permit) is simple and straightforward – and brings your journey to Bhutan one step closer.

To apply for a visa you will need:

  • A digital copy of a valid passport
  • A recent digital passport photo
  • Arrival and departure dates 
  • Valid travel insurance for the duration of your travel 
  • Payment details

There are a few simple steps to follow when you apply for your visa:

  • Sign Pledge of Friendship, thus committing to protecting, preserving and positively contributing to our kingdom of Bhutan as a tourist.
  • Pay for your visa application and the SDF fee for your planned stay

Your visa approval will take 5 to 7 days after payment of your visa fee. it will be reviewed within five working days.


Visitors from India require a permit. You may apply for permit before travelling Bhutan, or if you’re travelling with us, we can apply on your behalf. No fees are payable in advance. 

You can also apply at your point of entry, but please be aware that there may be a long wait depending on the number of applicants at the time. If you are applying for a permit on arrival, you will need a passport-size photograph. You must also have insurance for the duration of your visit, which you can prearrange or purchase upon arrival. Your SDF is payable when applying for your permit, either online or in person. 

Visitors from Bangladesh and the Maldives require a visa, but the process is the same as the one outlined above for Indian nationals: you may apply and pay the relevant SDF online and prearrange your travel insurance before travelling, or you can do this in person upon arrival.