Bhutan is the “Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon”. Still regarded as one of the last “Shangri La” in the Himalayas. Bhutan is a remote and beautiful trekking and travel destination of snow-clad mountains, lush valleys, dense forests and rushing streams. An unparalleled adventure destination, open for all kinds of travellers.
Bhutan is also a spiritual country offering rituals in remote monasteries. You can witness daily life in far-flung rural communities, with their ancient and colourful festivals and fascinating tradition. It is in the unexplored pockets of Asia, which attracts the discerning travellers to experience Bhutan. In the light of the fragility of such a small nation in a fast moving world, this sliver of an old world may, in the future, be denied to us.
When you visit Bhutan, you will become one of the few who have experienced the natural charm of the only country in the World where Gross National Happiness is deemed more important than Gross National Product. You will experience Bhutan’s natural wonders first-hand when travelling the mountain passes – resplendent with rhododendron blossom in spring. Botanical riches and unique mammals and birds are protected in several national parks. Your visit typically revolves around one of the country’s many festivals with amazing displays of national celebration and religious devotion. You also have a unique opportunity to visit remote villages and experience the traditional Bhutanese way of life. It is a true explorer’s paradise that this land has to offer.
Everest Summit Lodges has its roots in Bhutan and we have been tour operators in Bhutan for more than 40 years. With our restored traditional houses and well trained staff, we can offer you the most authentic way of exploring the ancient Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan.
Bhutan’s tourism sector is regarded as one of the most exclusive travel destinations in the world. Bhutan enjoys a reputation for authenticity, remoteness and a well-protected cultural heritage and natural environment.
Who Needs a Visa to Travel to Bhutan?
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 our Bhutan based tour company, either directly or through foreign travel agents. Tourist visa applications should to be submitted by a our Bhutan based tour company 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 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 Druk Air flights to Bhutan. Local Bhutan travel companies ensure that a copy of visa clearance letter reaches the Druk Air 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.
Information and Documents Required for Bhutan Visa Application
Our Bhutan based Tours will obtain your Bhutanese tourist visa once your Bhutan trip is confirmed by making full Bhutan tour payment and Bhutan visa fee of US$40 to the Tourism Council of Bhutan through us. Additionally, the following details are required for processing your Bhutan tourist visa prior to the date of your Bhutan travel. Your Bhutan visa will be sent to you before the start of your Bhutan tour.
- Your full name:
- Passport No.:
- Date of issue:
- Date of expiry:
- Place of Issue:
- Date of birth:
- Permanent address:
- A scanned copy of your passport ( in jpeg format)