- On arrival: if required, by the Department of Tourism in Bhutan;
applications for tourist visa should arrive at least 2 ? months in advance and have to be made by the tour operator. Before departing to Bhutan, passengers must obtain a "Visa Clearance" through the tour operator, which takes about 10 days to process. Airline tickets will not be issued without this clearance. Visa will be stamped in passport at port of entry (Paro Airport) after payment of US$ 20.-. 2 passport photos are required. Visas are valid for 15 days after arriving in Bhutan. Extension of visa can be obtained, once in Bhutan, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Visa Division in Thimphu after payment of BTN 510.-.
All visitors must hold confirmed return or onward tickets, all documents required for next destination and US$ 200.- per day of stay. Individuals and groups of less than four people pay a surcharge and students and children get a discount.
A visa must be obtained (or authorised) prior to travelling. Business visitors and tourists must make their arrangements through a recognised travel agent and pay at least US$200 for each day they spend in Bhutan (which can include your travel and accommodation costs whilst there). 'Foreigners (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 which will be obtained by your tour agent. Prior authority, also obtained by your tour agent, is also required to visit some of the religious and administrative buildings (Dzongs).
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