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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$200 per day (per adult; concessionary rates apply for children). A non-refundable, one-off visa application fee of US$40 is also payable.

To apply for a visa online 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 (Bank Remittance Receipt copy)


Visitors from India require a permit. Bhutan Life Exposure Tours and Trek will launch your permit application on your behalf. 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 through online banking 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: Bhutan Life Exposure Tours and Trek will apply for your tourist visa and you have to pay the relevant SDF and prearrange your travel insurance before travelling, or you can do this in person upon arrival. 

    sample passport