Immigration & Visa

VISA Information

  • All visas are issued by Department of Immigration, Ministry of Home & Cultural Affairs in Thimphu.
  • Visa clearance must be obtained before coming to Bhutan. Visa clearance takes at least up to 7 days to process.
  • All delegates will be provided free visas by the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs for duration of meeting.
  • All arrangements for visa clearance will be managed by the Conference Organisers upon registration for the meeting.
  • All delegates are advised to check their passport validity which should not be less than 6 months from the date of travel.

Processing VISA:

  • Register Online for the Meeting. Click Here
  • There are no requirements of visa interviews or finger print scans for visa approval.
  • Delegates will be required to upload scanned copies of their passport during the registration process.
  • Upon acceptance of registration, visa will be processed by the Conference Organisers and a scanned copy of the clearance will be shared by email.
  • The visa clearance letter must be produced at the time of boarding the plane
  • Upon arrival at the Paro International Airport in Bhutan, the invitation letter should be presented to the visa officer at the immigration desk
  • The Visa Officer will then stamp the visa on the passport.

 Other Information:

Customs Duty:

Travelers will be required to complete the passenger declaration form upon arrival. Travelers are allowed to bring in the following items –

  • Personal belongings.
  • Alcohol (wine or spirit) – up to 1 liter.
  • Up to 200 pieces of cigarettes, 250 grams of tobacco or 50 cigars. These are further subject to 100 percent customs duty and 100 percent sales tax.
  • Video and / or photography equipment for personal use.
  • Instrument and apparatus for personal use.

The following are some of the goods that require an import license or permits from relevant authorities:

Fire arms, ammunition explosives and explosive devices Royal Bhutan Police and Ministry of Home and Culture
Live animals and their products Ministry of Agriculture and Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority
Plant and plant materials Ministry of Agriculture and Bhutan  Agricultural and Food Regulatory Authority
Industrial, toxic wastes and residues and ozone depleting substances National Environment Commission and Ministry of Economic Affairs
Wireless, remote sensing and broadcasting equipments Bhutan InfoCom and Media Authority
Scraps National Environment Commission and Ministry of Economic Affairs
Drugs and pharmaceutical products Drug Regulatory Authority and Bhutan Narcotic Control Agency
Chemical and fertilizers Ministry of Agriculture
Plastics packing materials Ministry of Economic Affairs
Gold, silver and currency in excess of free baggage allowance Royal Monetary Authority

NOTE: On arrival, an RTM desk will be available at the airport. Delegates are kindly requested to approach the desk for assistance.