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Tourism Regulation and Visa

The regulation of Bhutan’s government has as its objective to reduce the impact of tourism on local culture and biodiversity. Bhutan promotes sustainable tourism for improving the livelihoods of rural people as well as conserving and preserving its rich culture and bio diversity. The entry for tourists in Bhutan is highly restricted and very few are allowed to enter into the country on an annual basis.
Only 1000 tourists are allowed in Bhutan every year which has helped Bhutan reduce the impact of tourism and modernization on its rich culture and nature.

A standard tariff is levied by the Bhutanese government for every individual tourist while applying for entry into Bhutan.
Tourists have to apply for a tourist visa in advance through a tour operator. Route permits are also required to travel between various districts within Bhutan, with exception for Paro and Thimpu. 

Visa Information Nationals from India and Maldives do not need a visa.
All others will need a visa before arriving.
To obtain a Bhutanese visa, you need the following:
1. Bhutan visa application form x 3 copies duly filled
2. 2 passport-size photographs Photocopy of the passport
3. For private visitors, a sponsorship certificate form must be filled in by the sponsor.
A fee of US $70 a day should be paid directly to the Department of Tourism for private visitors, except for family members.

Visa processing time: 1 month.

When entering Bhutan, you receive a visa for only 2 weeks from Paro airport.
Visa extensions can be granted if you stay longer. Except for SNV employees, the visa extension fee of Nu. 510/- for each passport should be paid.

Bhutan Entry Procedure

Tourists visiting Bhutan must travel through an authorized local tour operator on a pre-planned, pre-paid, guided package tour. Independent travel is not permitted. The government stipulates an all-inclusive entry fee per day. Concerned local tour operator is responsible for all logistical arrangements during your stay in Bhutan.

What to Bring:

Personal clothing: Strong, normal clothing (According to the season), preferably cotton for summer and woolen clothing for evening and winter. For Trekking strong comfortable trekking boots, warm socks, sunglasses, headgear, raincoat, and warm clothing including down Jacket for higher altitude treks and for the evenings. A sleeping bag is a most; medium too heavy is advised. (Note: for trekking, a load of 25 kg is allowed)

Flight Schedule

Day

FLT#

SECTOR

DEP

ARR

Monday

KB 202

Paro

KTM

07:30

08:25

KB 203

KTM

Paro

13:55

15:05

Thursday

KB 202

Paro

KTM

07:30

08:25

KB 203

KTM

Paro

13:55

15:05

Sunday

KB 202

Paro

KTM

07:30

08:25

KB 203

KTM

Paro

13:55

15:05

 

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