Bhutan Travel Information

"Bhutanese embassies abroad cannot issue Visas to Bhutan."

Visa to Bhutan

The Bhutanese visa process may appear complicated but is actually quite straight forward once you understand the system. Most countries issue visas from their embassies abroad and stamp it in your passport, but not Bhutan. Bhutanese embassies abroad cannot issue Visas for visit to Bhutan. You must apply in advance through a tour operator such as Book Bhutan Tour and receive approval before you travel to Bhutan. once the full payment of your holiday (including a USD $40 visa fee) has been wire transferred and received in the TCB bank account then only visas are approved by the Immigration Department and Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) in Thimphu, which you allowed to enter Bhutan or board the Druk Air flight and Bhutan Airlines.

The actual visa is stamped on the passport upon arrival in the country, either at Paro airport or (if entering by road) at Phuentsholing. You just need to provide us details as per your passport that should include your name, permanent address, occupation, nationality, date, and place of birth, passport number, more than six months valid and its date and place of issue and date of expiration. There is no need to send the pictures or sign the visa application at this time. Double-check that the information you send is correct; if there are any discrepancies when you arrive in Bhutan, there will be further delays and complications.

With the exception of visitors from India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives, all other visitors to Bhutan need a visa.

Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals can obtain a visa or entry permit at the port of entry on producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6-month validity (Indian nationals may also use their Voters Identity Card (VIC)).

Swiss And Bhutan Official Can Travel Without Visa 90 Days

Bhutan and Switzerland look-alike with the scenery. Swiss and Bhutanese have long diplomacy tie in friendship and has assisted Bhutan in most of its development project. Bhutan and Swiss official can travel without a visa, this means that Bhutanese and Swiss officials may travel liberally to each other’s country.

Diplomacy: Bhutanese and Swiss officials and diplomats will not require a visa to travel to either country after the governments signed a visa exemption agreement on Oct 8, 2014.

Switzerland is the first country outside the region to sign such an agreement with Bhutan. Until now, the visa is exempted for diplomatic and official passport holders from Bangladesh, Maldives, Thailand, and India.

Foreign Secretary Yeshey Dorji, who signed the agreement with the Swiss ambassador, said this was an exclusive arrangement given to Bhutan.

“The visa exemption will greatly facilitate official travel between the two countries and strengthen contacts and cooperation,” he said, adding that Switzerland is one of the oldest development partners that continue to support the country.

Foreign ministry officials said that Bhutanese, who need to attend urgent meetings in Switzerland, the hub of many international organizations, could now do so without any inconvenience.

Ambassador of Switzerland to Bhutan, Linus von Castelmur, said the visa requirement waiver for officials and diplomats is an expression of trust and solidarity between the two countries, and of the desire to further strengthen friendly relations.

Official and diplomats would be permitted to stay for a period of up to 90 days without a visa.

The agreement does not extend to business travelers and tourists. Swiss tourists would require a tourist visa and be subject to the royalty as usual.

Bhutan and Switzerland formally established diplomatic relations in 1985. Development cooperation started from the 1960s.

The ambassador said many bilateral partnerships have formed over the years. “An active exchange between the judiciary of our countries is taking place, as part of which Bhutanese students are obtaining legal degrees from Swiss Universities for the first time,” ambassador Linus von Castelmur said.

“Bhutan has changed impressively in the past 30 years. Creativity and new thinking are required to continuously develop this partnership for the next 30 years,” he said, adding that he wishes to continue a political dialogue and more professional and economic exchanges in future.

Bhutan Tour Tariff

The minimum daily tour price is fixed by the Royal Government of Bhutan.

Rates for groups (3 persons minimum):

minimum daily tour price

  • peak season USD 250 per person per night
  • off-season USD 200 per person per night

Rates for 2 persons:

minimum daily tour price
  • peak season USD 280 + 30 per person per night
  • off-season USD 230 + 30 per person per night

Rates for individuals:

minimum daily tour price
  • peak season USD 290 + 40 per person per night
  • off-season USD 240 + 40 per person per night

Surcharges:

For groups of less than three, the Royal Government of Bhutan imposes surcharges. In the figure above, surcharges are separated from minimum daily tour prices, Please visit the Tourism Department website: http://www.tourism.gov.bt/plan/minimum-daily-package

The minimum daily package covers the following services.

  • A minimum of 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
  • All meals
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay
  • All internal transport (excluding internal flights)

Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours also include:

  • All internal taxes and charges
  • A sustainable development fee of $65.

This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.
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Weather and Climate of Bhutan

The climate in Bhutan is extremely varied. This variation in the climatic conditions and average temperature can be attributed to two main factors, the vast differences in altitude present in the country and the influence of the north Indian monsoons.

Southern Bhutan has a hot, humid sub-tropical climate that is fairly unchanging throughout the year. Temperatures can vary between 15-30 degrees Celsius. In the Central parts of the country, the climate cools a bit, changing to temperate and deciduous forests with warm summers and cool, dry winters. In the far Northern reaches of the kingdom, the weather is cold during winter. Mountain peaks are perpetually covered in snow and lower parts are still cool in summer owing to the high altitude terrain.

The Indian summer monsoon lasts from late-June through late-September and is mostly confined to the southern border region of Bhutan. It brings heavy rain and high humidity, to the southern region. These rains bring between 60 and 90 percent of the western region’s rainfall.

Annual precipitation ranges widely in various parts of the country. In the northern border region to Tibet gets about forty millimeters of precipitation a year which is primarily snow. In the temperate central regions, a yearly average of around 1,000 millimeters is more common, and 7,800 millimeters per year has been registered at some locations in the humid, subtropical south, ensuring the thick tropical forest, or savanna.

Average Temperatures in Bhutan

It should be noted that average temperatures are recorded from valley floors. There can be considerable divergences from the recorded figures depending upon elevation.
MonthValue in CelsiusParoThimphuPunakhaTrongsaBumthangMongarTrashigang
JanuaryMAX
MIN
9.4
-5.8
12.3
-2.6
17.0
4.3
13.0
-0.2
10.8
-5.1
15.5
8.2
20.4
10.5
FebruaryMAX
MIN
13.0
1.5
14.4
0.6
19.0
7.8
13.9
0.4
10.0
-1.4
15.9
8.3
21.7
11.5
MarchMAX
MIN
14.5
0.6
16.4
3.9
22.8
10.4
16.7
4.4
16.2
3.5
20.0
11.6
24.8
14.4
AprilMAX
MIN
17.6
4.6
20.0
7.1
26.2
12.9
20.1
6.6
18.7
3.9
22.8
14.0
28.3
17.0
MayMAX
MIN
23.5
10.6
22.5
13.1
29.1
17.7
21
11.6
21.3
9.5
25.1
17.4
30.7
22.6
JuneMAX
MIN
25.4
14.1
24.4
15.2
29.2
20.1
22.2
13.6
22.5
13.5
26.1
19.5
30.7
22.6
JulyMAX
MIN
26.8
14.9
25.9
15.6
30.4
20.5
25.3
15.3
24.1
13.6
27.1
19.8
31.5
23.1
AugustMAX
MIN
25.3
14.7
25.0
15.8
29.1
20
23.8
15
23.0
13.7
25.4
19.6
30.2
22.7
SeptemberMAX
MIN
23.4
11.7
23.1
15
27.5
19.1
22.6
14.2
21.6
12.1
24.7
19.4
30.0
21.9
OctoberMAX
MIN
18.7
7.4
21.9
10.4
26.1
14.7
21.8
11.7
19.5
5.9
22.7
15.8
29.1
17.7
NovemberMAX
MIN
13.9
1.4
17.9
5.0
22.6
9.6
19.8
6.4
18.1
-0.5
19.9
11.2
26.1
13.6
DecemberMAX
MIN
11.2
-1.7
14.5
-1.1
19.1
6.3
18.2
2.5
12.3
-2.3
17.7
9.5
23.0
11.6