Entry requirements

A visa must be obtained (or authorised) prior to travelling. A visa is necessary for entry into Bhutan and it is NOT possible to obtain one in Bhutanese Consulates or Embassies abroad. This will be done by us through our representative in Bhutan and we will send you a copy of the visa clearance letter. An actual visa is stamped on your passport on arrival. You must submit your passport details prior to departure so please inform us the following:
1. Name as it appears in passport & Gender
2. Permanent Address
3. Occupation/Profession
4. Nationality
5. Passport Number
6. Date of Issue & Expiration of passport
7. Date & place of birth

Foreigner visitors (apart from Indian nationals) may enter or depart the country only through certain towns such as Phuntsoling (by road) or Paro (by air), Samdrup Jongkhar and Gelephug. Certain areas may only be visited with a special permit. Prior authority is also required to visit some of the religious and administrative buildings (Dzongs).
- Passports are required of foreign nationals to enter
- Must be valid for at least 6 months after your trip - if not, apply or renew immediately
- Keep a copy of the picture page of your passport in a separate place while travelling.


Bhutanese hospitals provide only basic health care. There are no particular health concerns but you may find the high mountain altitudes demanding. You should familiarise yourself with the dangers of Acute Mountain Sickness especially if you are trekking in remote areas.

In the 2008 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic the UNAIDS/WHO Working Group estimated that around 500 adults aged 15 or over in Bhutan were living with HIV; the prevalence rate was estimated at around 0.1% of the adult population. This compares to the prevalence rate in adults in the UK of around 0.2%. You should exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS. For more general information on how to do this see HIV and AIDS. You should seek medical advice before travelling to Bhutan and ensure that all appropriate vaccinations are up-to-date. For further information on vaccination requirements, health outbreaks and general disease protection and prevention you should visit the websites of the National Travel Heath Network and Centre NaTHNaC and NHS Scotland's Fit For Travel or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. For more general health information see travel health.

For further health advice from the NHS:


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