Bhutan ---Visa required ?

#1 Jan 6th, 2011, 14:47
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Excuse me for using this forum for Bhutan, but just wanted to know from fellow travellers if Visa is required for Indians travelling to Bhutan
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Indian citizens do not require a visa for visiting Bhutan.
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Indians don't need a visa, but need any Indian ID.
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They give permits to stay for a particular time at the Bhutan border! so no need to worry about preparing anything.. just go to the border and they will direct you to what to do! Its a very simple procedure for Indians and they respect us a lot!
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Originally Posted by narendra.d View Post Indians don't need a visa, but need any Indian ID.
Not just any ID. Proof of Indian citizenship is required, I think. Election ID or passport are best.
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Originally Posted by NonIndianResident View Post Not just any ID. Proof of Indian citizenship is required, I think. Election ID or passport are best.
yes very much.. election id/passport/driving license will work!
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Originally Posted by gopi View Post yes very much.. election id/passport/driving license will work!
Are you sure Driving License would work in this regard? Bhutan Official website clearly mentions Passport and Voter I Card for this purpose. Please share if you have a successful experience with Driving License there.

Driving License can only work if Indian High Commission there would authorize that for using as a valid Indian Id proof.
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Driving License is not valid.

Why? Any one resident in India (not necessarily a citizen) can have a DL, while the exemption is only for Indian citizens. Passport and Voter ID prove you are an Indian citizen.
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Originally Posted by narendra.d View Post Driving License is not valid.

Why? Any one resident in India (not necessarily a citizen) can have a DL, while the exemption is only for Indian citizens. Passport and Voter ID prove you are an Indian citizen.
We went for a motorcycle ride (East to West of Bhutan) and All we were asked was our DL for the entry permit and bike papers for the bike's permit.

But that was like 2 years ago..

Here are the contact nos

First name: Bhutan embassy
General mobile: 01126889809
Home mobile: 01126889807
Business mobile: 01126889230


they are very polite and answer all your questions.

If anyone contacts, let us know what they say!
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Originally Posted by Anilk222 View Post Excuse me for using this forum for Bhutan, but just wanted to know from fellow travellers if Visa is required for Indians travelling to Bhutan
Indians do not require visa .but need a permit issued by external aff.ministry,Bhutan,You have to submit an appli.alongwith two P.P.photos,and voter IDcards photocopy for getting this from Phuntsholing.
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Indian citizen & US citizen visiting Bhutan together

Thanks for all the great information regarding travel from India to Bhutan - very helpful!

My friend and I are planning on traveling in June 2012 from Delhi to Bhutan for 4-5 days. I'm a US citizen and my travel parter is an Indian citizen. As a US citizen I will be paying the $200/day tariff and my friend will not as he's an Indian citizen. What we are unsure of is how the rates are figured for hotels, food, guides and transport given our very different price levels. Does anyone have experience visiting Bhutan where one person is 'western' visitor paying the high tariff and the other person is a from an ASEAN country and therefore not needing to pay the daily tariff.

Has anyone had any luck negotiating or coming up with a more flexible rate given the different nationalities and subsequent daily rates?

Is the American traveler (me) still considered a solo traveler and therefore subject to the single supplement b/c the friend traveler is Indian and therefore not paying the tariff (I understand it can be an additional $40-60/day as single 'tax' for solo western travelers)?

Can both the American citizen and the Indian citizen secure all their paperwork upon arrival or must this be handled ahead of time? (Both of us will be living in Delhi but may transit through Kolkata and could arrange papers there!!??? Just not sure...)

We are just at the start of our research into this so any suggestions and help are greatly appreciated!!
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Since your question is somewhat unusual you should probably just go to the Bhutanese embassy in Delhi and ask them. It's a low key friendly kind of embassy.
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From second hand knowledge:

US Citizens need to have every arrangement made in advance through a travel agent.

Where did you get this ASEAN info from ? Only Indians/Bangladeshi/Maldives/Thai nationals do not require visa. I am not sure if even Thai are exempt from the 250/200 USD/day rule
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My friend and I are planning on traveling in June 2012 from Delhi to Bhutan for 4-5 days. I'm a US citizen and my travel parter is an Indian citizen. As a US citizen I will be paying the $200/day tariff and my friend will not as he's an Indian citizen. What we are unsure of is how the rates are figured for hotels, food, guides and transport given our very different price levels. Does anyone have experience visiting Bhutan where one person is 'western' visitor paying the high tariff and the other person is a from an ASEAN country and therefore not needing to pay the daily tariff.

Has anyone had any luck negotiating or coming up with a more flexible rate given the different nationalities and subsequent daily rates?

Is the American traveler (me) still considered a solo traveler and therefore subject to the single supplement b/c the friend traveler is Indian and therefore not paying the tariff (I understand it can be an additional $40-60/day as single 'tax' for solo western travelers)?

Can both the American citizen and the Indian citizen secure all their paperwork upon arrival or must this be handled ahead of time? (Both of us will be living in Delhi but may transit through Kolkata and could arrange papers there!!??? Just not sure...)

We are just at the start of our research into this so any suggestions and help are greatly appreciated!!


1. If you are traveling with an Indian Passport holder then also both will have to take the Druk air for one of the journey which is mandatory for any national except Indian & Bangladeshi

2. You need to book with a registered Bhutanese Travel agent, the names you will get in the Druk air website. You will have to pay $200/day for yourself + the trip cost as quoted by the agent.

3. You can't make individual hotel booking or travel. You will have to be with the Travel agent, stay at the hotel they book, travel with an authorized guide all the time.

4. If your Indian friend is traveling with you and wants to travel together in Bhutan then you will have to book with the travel agent as two PAX and send all immigration papers to them in ADVANCE. Again, refer the DRUK air website for details and call them.
Thanks and regards,
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Originally Posted by bhattanav View Post ... and my friend will not as he's an Indian citizen.

... and the other person is a from an ASEAN country and therefore not needing to pay the daily tariff.
Please look up ASEAN on Wikipedia. Neither India nor Bhutan are members, nor are there any special exemptions for ASEAN members visiting Bhutan.

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