Update for getting an online permit (Dec 2017):
YES !!! it is possible to get the permit for Bhutan from Royal Bhutan Consulate, Kolkata. And YES you can get the permit for your friends who are travelling with you (The one who is applying must be travelling through)
General Bhutan House, 6, Mall Road, Kolkata 700 080
Phone No – 033-2559 3676 / 2560 0756 / 2560 0049
Timings of office hours
9 to 5 but documents are only accepted till 12.
- For adults: 1 copy of passport size photograph, Passport or Voter Card
- For children: A copy of the birth certificate with 1 copy of passport photograph.
- Filled Entry permit application:
Note: This is the application which I filled in 2015. There could be some changes, please use the most recent one.
NOTE: Ministry of Home Affairs has clarified that Aadhaar (UID) card is not an acceptable travel document for travel to Nepal/Bhutan (link)
Indian citizens can travel to Bhutan or Nepal against a passport or a valid voter’s identity card, issued by the Election Commission of India
The timing for submission and issuance of travel documents:
|Submission of application along with documents||9 am – 1 pm (Monday to Friday)||Requires at least 8 working days for processing|
|Issuance of entry permit||2 pm – 5 pm (Monday to Friday)|
- The consulate advises booking taxis bearing Bhutan number plates. But it is not mandatory. If you are booking an Indian taxi, an additional road permit for the driver and car will also be required. It is issued from Phuntsholing and can only be issued after individual’s permit is issued
- Indian Currency is used widely inside Bhutan (in fact preferred). Currency exchanges are not mandatory for Indian nationals. Also, Bhutanese Currency (Nu.) rates are at par with Indian Rupees
- Visitors are not allowed to carry INR 1000 and INR 500 notes but I did and faced no such problems (Note: Post demonetization, it is advised to carry notes of 100 or of lower denominations)
- Druk Punjab National Bank in Thimphu and Phuntsholing has ATM facility from where one can withdraw at a transaction charge of Rs.25
- Carry enough cash. Bhutan is not a cashless economy
- If you are planning to travel beyond Paro and Thimpu, a special area permit is required which is only issued at Thimpu on working days of the week
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