Getting into Bhutan


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Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines are the only two air carriers in Bhutan. Drukair services to and from Bangkok, Delhi, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Dhaka and Singapore. Bhutan Airlines services to and from Bangkok, Kolkata, Kathmandu and Delhi.

There are two overland entry and exit points – Phuntsholing, a southwest town bordering the Indian state of West Bengal, and Samdrup Jongkhar, a southeast town bordering Assam. Overland entry from Phuentsholing is more convenient if you wish to visit Sikkim and Darjeeling either before or after Bhutan.

Since you need to get to Bhutan from one of these countries, no matter where you start your journey, you may also need to apply for a transit visa or standard tourist visa of the third country.

Travel to Bhutan from Nepal

If you are traveling from Nepal, it is possible to get a Nepali visa-on-arrival at the immigration desk within the airport. You can also obtain a visa for Nepal from a majority of its foreign embassies and consulates in advance if you are intending to travel to Bhutan via Nepal.

It is a good idea to obtain a multiple-entry visa on your first visit if you are entering Nepal on your way to Bhutan and if you plan on going back to Kathmandu after so that you do not need to apply for a visa again.

Travel to Bhutan from India

Nationals of most countries require a visa to go to India. It is advised to get your transit or travel visa from your home country before traveling to Bhutan via India. You will be able to obtain a travel permit if you have a confirmed flight out of India.

Travel to Bhutan from Bangkok & Singapore

Bangkok & Singapore has a list of countries that do not require a visa to enter the country. You may not have to apply for a transit visa if you are on the list of their visa-exempted countries.


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