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Visa in Bhutan

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Do we need visa?

Bhutan has a visa policy that is designed to promote high-value, low-impact tourism in the country. All visitors to Bhutan, except for Indian nationals, require a visa to enter the country. Visas can only be obtained through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator or their international partners after paying SDF of $100.

Why SDF fee?

The visa application process involves submitting a completed application form, a copy of the passport, and a passport-sized photo. The visa fee is included in the minimum daily package rate that covers accommodation, meals, transportation, and a licensed guide. The minimum daily package rate also includes a Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) that goes toward education, healthcare, and other public services in Bhutan. Solo travelers are required to pay a surcharge on top of the minimum daily package rate. The surcharge is intended to offset the higher costs of providing services to solo travelers. Visas are generally issued within a week and are valid for a specific period of time, typically ranging from 7 to 30 days. Extensions are not possible, so travelers must plan their trip dates accordingly. Additionally, tourists are required to have a pre-arranged itinerary and must be accompanied by a licensed Bhutanese guide for the duration of their stay. The visa policy aims to ensure that the country unique culture, environment, and way of life are protected while providing visitors with an authentic, immersive experience.