How to get a Bhutan Visa/ Visa Formalities and Documents for Travelling to Bhutan
Indians do not need any visa to gain entry in Bhutan, However, an entry permit needs to be procured on arrival, and this includes producing a passport with 6 months validity Or a Valid voter identification card. For kids below the age of 12 years, entry can be gained by producing School ID Card or Photo identification proof and Copy of Birth Certificate. For infants to gain entry one has to produce their birth certificates. For adults and children alike 2 copies of passport size pictures are required that are to be submitted along with the entry permit form on arrival. Indians are issued a free of cost 14-day permits upon arrival that can be extended if required in Thimphu.
What if I am travelling to Bhutan with a Child who doesn’t have a passport or Voter ID?
In the above-mentioned scenario If the traveller is below the age of 18 then it is required to produce a birth certificate (written In English), a valid school/ college/university photo id with the individual’s picture on the ID. All the shared documents need to be originals and have to be in English.
What is Bhutan’s Currency name and Can Indian Currency be used in Bhutan?
Bhutan currency is called Ngultrum; 1NU = 1INR. Indian national rupee is widely accepted in Bhutan. Usually, all denomination of notes is accepted, however after the November 2016 Demonetization by the Indian government INR 500 and INR 2000 notes are not accepted by many vendors and establishments in Bhutan.
Which are the major cities in Bhutan?
Thimphu, Paro and Punakha are the major cities in Bhutan and most popular tourist circuits. Phuentsholing is the financial hub and border town if you are crossing from India by road. Bhumthang is also a popular place but slightly difficult to reach and offbeat.
Can Indian issued Debit card or Credit card be used in Bhutan?
It is best to consult with your respective Banks as most of the Indian issued credit and debit cards are not valid for foreign currency usage. However, if you have a forex card or an international debit/credit card then it will be valid and accepted. But it is always recommended to carry cash for your transactions in Bhutan, as ATM’s are not widely available and very few places accept card payments.
What are the ways to reach Bhutan from India?
Bhutan can be reached by either land or air from India. Direct flights from Delhi, Kolkata & Mumbai are available. You can also take a train to New Jalpaiguri, Hasimara or New Alipur Duar in the Indian Territory from your respective hometown and then take a cab to Bhutan border. You can also take a flight to Bagdogra airport in the Indian Territory from your hometown and then take a cab to reach Bhutan border.
How to get tourist permit in Bhutan?
Tourist permit for Indians can be procured on arrival; all you will need to procure a permit is the documents stated in this article above. Bhutan entry permit can also be procured online by filling a form, however this has to do at least 4 days prior to arrival and there are some norms that need to be fulfilled if you are procuring an online permit, such as you must have booked a 3 Star hotel, booked the services of a Guide. The authorities though are known to be flexible with the shared prerequisites and allow arrival anyhow.
From where can I take a direct flight?
Direct flights to Paro airport are available mainly from Delhi and Kolkata. Flights are also available from Mumbai and Gaya but the frequency is limited and its best advised to check with the airlines if you are looking to book your travels from these locations.
Is a passport needed to travel to Bhutan?
Either a passport or voter id card accepted documents to travel to Bhutan. Both should have been valid for 6 months, these documents are a mandate for adult travellers.
Can I access cellular network services in Bhutan?
Indian cellular services do not function in Bhutan; You will have to purchase a local Bhutanese sim if you want to access cellular services in Bhutan.
Are cigarettes allowed in Bhutan?
Bhutan is a no smoking country, however, you can carry a maximum of up to 200 cigarettes with you whilst entering by paying due duty on the same. For Indian cigarette brands the duty is about 100% and for international brands, it is 200%. Do not forget to declare any tobacco products on arrival at the customs to avoid any penalties later.
Do I need to pay a royalty in Bhutan?
Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian nationals do not have to pay any royalties to gain passage. However, any other nationalities have to pay certain royalties to gain entry into to Bhutan, details of the same can be obtained by contacting Texatrove’s travel experts.
Will I experience altitude sickness?
Depending on your body, immunity and health condition this is relative. However, Bhutan is a place where you might experience altitude sickness especially whilst travelling by roads. It’s best to stay hydrated and plan for rest days at high altitudes. It is also recommended to carry altitude sickness medication with you at all times whilst travelling.
Is vegetarian food available in Bhutan?
Vegetarian food is widely available at most of the restaurants and if you are not too fond of Bhutanese cuisine, the Indian and continental cuisine is also widely available. However, it might be difficult to find a purely vegetarian or vegan restaurant and it is advised to consult with Texatrove’s travel expert for the same.