How does one get to Bhutan as a tourist? What are the visa procedures?
All visitors require a passport, valid for at least 6 months longer than their journey and an entry visa for Bhutan which must be pre-approved prior to your arrival. Your Bhutan visa will be arranged by your tour operator and all they usually need is a quality scan (or photo) of your passport photo page. Please be sure you carry the same passport that you submitted for your Bhutan visa or you will be denied entry.
Bhutan visas generally cost USD 40 but are sometimes built into your travel package. A visa authority letter is issued after prepayment for your travel arrangements and the actual visa is entered into your passport on arrival at Paro Int’l Airport.
Indians, Bangladeshis and Maldivians don’t need visas to enter Bhutan but a travel permit.
Paro International airport is connected to Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bagdogra, Buddhagaya, Guwahati, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Bangkok and Singapore.
The three land border crossings of Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar from where you can travel overland are along the Indian border in the south.
When you check in at the airport starting in Bangkok, Singapore, Delhi, or Kathmandu you must show your approved visa authority letter for Bhutan (that has been sent to you via email). When you arrive at Paro Int’l airport, all visitors are now required to provide fingerprints and a facial image. It’s a smooth process and you’ll get through quickly.