• Changzamtog, Thimphu

Sem-Zang Tours



All tourists (excluding Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian passport holders) who wish to travel to Bhutan require a visa and must book their holiday through a Bhutanese tour operator or one of their international partners. The tour operator will take care of Visa arrangements for visitors.

Checklist for Visa Application

  • We require color scan of passport with not less than 6 months’ validity for visa application about 30 days prior to travel date (sooner the better & minimum 7 working days needed to process and obtain Bhutan visa).
  • Colored scan copy of first page of passport or take picture by your mobile phone of the passport page with face image and passport number & email us in Jpeg/pdf format.
  • Remaining validity in passport after Bhutan tour must be minimum 6 month excluding travelling month.
  •  Multiple Indian visa required if you enter Bhutan from India and re-enter India after Bhutan tour.
  • Tourism Council of Bhutan requires full tour payment while applying visa so along with passport copy, please forward us wire transfer copy or payment details, to process visa.
  • Passengers visiting India on E – tourist visa & entering Bhutan by Air (by remaining in transit at Delhi / Kolkata airport) and re-entering India after Bhutan tour by surface (Phuentsholing, Samdrup Jongkhar & Gelephu) are required to travel with original Indian visa stamped in passport by Indian embassy/consulate at their home country as there is no facilities at these border towns to check & verify Indian E – Visa.  
  • No passport size photo/any pictures / any visa form etc. required for Bhutan visa – only requirement is clear/readable copy of passport copy in Colour.
  • Dual passport holders are required to use the same passport whose details are submitted on to Bhutan for Visa authorization, prior to arrival in Bhutan. 
  • It is mandatory for a tourist (except Indian/Bangladeshi/Maldivian) to buy full service tour package from a local Bhutanese tour operator like us to avail Bhutan visa. 
  • Bhutan visa fee is US$ 40.00 which is going to be included in tour cost submitted by us.
    Indian, Bangladeshis & Maldives nationals do not require visa for Bhutan.

Transfer full payment to Bhutan.

The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday (including a USD $40 visa fee) has been wire transferred and received in the TCB bank account. Once the full tour payment has been received, the visa clearance will be processed within 72 working hours.

At your point of entry, you will be required to show your visa clearance letter, the visa will then be stamped into your passport.

The minimum daily package covers the following services.

  • A minimum of 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 star 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
  • All internal taxes and charges
  • A sustainable tourism Royalty of $65. This Royalty goes towards free education, free

healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.

 The minimum daily package for tourists travelling in a group of 3 persons or more is as follows:

  • January, February, June, July, August, and December- US$200 per person per night
  • March, April, May, September, October, and November – US$250 per person per night

   Government Surcharge: 

Surcharge: Single individual – US$ 40 per night

Surcharge: Group of 2 persons only – US$ 30 per person per night

These rates are applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan. On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to providing breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on usage basis. The Royal Government of Bhutan sets minimum selling prices for packages to Bhutan. These must be paid in US dollars prior to arrival in Bhutan.

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