All foreign nationals (except Indians, Bangladeshis and Maldivians) require a Bhutanese visa to travel to Bhutan. All Bhutanese visas are issued only by Department of Immigration, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan. Furthermore, Bhutan visa is issued only from head office of the Department of Immigration which is based in Thimphu- the capital city of Bhutan.
Visas are only issued to the tourists who have booked their trip to Bhutan with local licensed tour operators such as Follow Bhutan Tours & Treks, either directly or through foreign travel agents. Tourist visa applications should to be submitted by a local licensed Bhutanese tour company like Follow Bhutan Tours or any other local Bhutanese tour companies and visas have to be obtained in advance for traveling to Bhutan.
Important Note: No Bhutanese foreign missions or embassies abroad grants Bhutanese tourist visa
How to Apply for Bhutanese Visas in Advance and How to Obtain it?
Bhutan visa clearance letter is approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan after concerned tourists have paid the full tour cost and visa fees to the Tourism Council of Bhutan through a local Bhutan tour operator / travel company like Follow Bhutan Tours or any other Bhutanese local tour companies. A copy of visa clearance letter will be sent to the concerned tourists before their travel dates as it is important that tourists should have their visa clearance letter with them while boarding Drukair flights to Bhutan. Local Bhutan travel companies like Follow Bhutan Tours ensures that a copy of visa clearance letter reaches the DrukAir office at the airports where the tourists board their flights to Bhutan.
The actual visa is stamped in your passport at the point of entry either at Paro Airport (if travel to Bhutan by air) or at Phuentsholing / Samdrupjongkhar/Gelephu (if traveling to Bhutan by road) based on your visa clearance letter. You will then receive a visa for the period of your Bhutan tour in Bhutan.