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Getting Into Bhutan

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Entry By Air:  Druk Air: Bhutan’s international airport is located in Paro at a height of 2,225m (7300ft) above sea level. Druk Air is the national airline operating flights into and around the country with a fleet of Airbus A319. There are flights to and from Bangkok in Thailand, New Delhi, Kolkata, Bodh Gaya, Guwahati in India; Dhaka in Bangladesh; Kathmandu in Nepal; and Singapore. Druk Air also has regular domestic service to Bumthang (central region), Trashigang (eastern region) and Gelephu (southern region). Schedules vary between seasons with extra flights available during peak tourist periods.

Tashi/Bhutan Air is a second airline that has recently begun operating international flights (Airbus 319) between Paro and the international hubs of Bangkok and Singapore.

The flight details of both airlines may be accessed at their respective websites: Druk Air websiteBhutan Air website

Entry By Land: The land entry points into the kingdom are through Phuentsholing on the south-western border with India, and Samdrup Jongkhar, in the south-eastern border with India.

Visa Formalities:  All visitors to Bhutan require a visa. Bangladeshis, Indians, and Maldivians will receive a 6-month visa at the port of entry on producing a valid passport. 3 simple steps to obtaining visa to the Dragon Kingdom are:

STEP 1: Provide the following information on the visa application form:

  1. Your full name as it appears in your passport
  2. Your permanent address
  3. Occupation
  4. Nationality
  5. Passport number / Date of issue / Expiration date of passport
  6. Date & Place of birth

STEP 2: Email the above info along with a clear scan of your passport page with datasheet and picture. Make sure your passport is valid at least six months from the date of your travels.
STEP 3: Wire transfer your full tour payment, including a visa fee of USD $40 per person.

Your visa clearance will be emailed or faxed to you. You will be issued your visa upon showing your visa clearance letter at your point of entry.

Visas are granted for a 15-day period. Extensions can be obtained in Thimphu at a cost of $25.

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