Travelling to Bhutan in 2019? Double-check the entry requirements

Bhutan, the land of the Thunder Dragon, is famously known as the World’s Happiest Country. Blanketed with mystery and magic, the country is a major attraction among tourists from across the globe.

If you are planning a trip to Bhutan, it is essential that you double-check the entry requirements. The list of documents that were earlier accepted have been reduced to just two.

From 1 January 2019, anyone crossing the Bhutan border by land will need a voter’s ID or a valid passport. Documents like driver’s license, ration card or Aadhaar card will not be accepted as valid ID proofs.


Earlier, people taking a road trip to Bhutan could carry any government-issued document, and get an “identification slip” at the Bhutan border, Phuentsholing. Now, instead of getting identification slip, visitors will get an entry permit.

Note: Permit only allows tourists to visit Paro and Thimphu. For the rest of the country, tourists need to get a special area permit from the immigration office at Thimphu. These permits are only issued on weekdays.