ENTRY FORMALITIES FOR INDIAN TOURIST
Bhutan Visa: (An Indian do not require visa to enter Bhutan)
An Indians with valid Passports or Voter ID (Election Card) are permissible to enter Bhutan and validity of passport should be more than 6 months. Permit will be issued on arrival from the entry points. Family traveling with kids who are below 17 years are also permitted to visit Bhutan provided they have valid School ID and birth certificate in case of student. Indian wishing to enter Bhutan from Third Countries should produce valid Indian Passport, along with the 02 recent passport size photographs for each (voter card/Adhar Card is not acceptable).
Special permit are required for visitor visiting beyond Thimphu and Paro, special permit is also known as route permit and it is mandatory requirement for any tourist wishing to visit other parts of Bhutan. Route permit shall be issued upon arrival and cannot be processed in advance like permit.
Documents not valid for traveling to Bhutan as Indian:
Persons having following documents are not valid for Indians visiting Bhutan, PIO card, OCI card, driving license, special documents issued by government of India.
Special Permit: If you plan to visit places beyond Thimphu and Paro, you will also need a route permit to go to places such as Punakha, Wangdue, Bumthang. We need the scanned copy of either your passport or Voter ID card to make this Route Permit in advance. Route permit is only made in Thimphu, during the working days between 9AM-1PM.
Exiting Bhutan by Flight or by Land:
Bhutan Entry Permit :You will not be allowed to leave the country without surrendering this paper permit in original issued while entering Bhutan.
Druk Air & Bhutan Airlines, operates flights from Paro, the only International Airport in Bhutan, to Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra and Guwahati. Bagdogra & Guwahati is well connected to the major cities of India by various airlines like Jet air ways, Kingfisher Airlines, Spice jet, Go Air and Indian Airlines. One can take the connecting flight to Paro from any sector.
Entering Bhutan by Surface:
Bhutan Entry permit are issued from the immigration office at Phuentsholing (Monday-Friday) including Saturday, Sunday & Bhutan national holidays for tourist only.
1. You are required to visit the immigration office along with your guide / driver at the Bhutan entry gate to obtain your Bhutan entry permit (personal presence is a must for obtaining the permit).
NJP (New Jalpaiguri) is the nearest major railway station in the Indian State of West Bengal. The other smaller stations are Alipurduar, New Cooch Bihar and Hasimara though we recommend NJP as the convenient station for pick up/drop facilities and 05 hours’ drive to the nearest Bhutan border town of Phuentsholing.