Getting to Bhutan

Arriving in Bhutan

The Adventure begins before you even arrive

Our Travel Consultants and Reservations Team are here to take care of all preparations in arranging your trip to Bhutan, including all flights, permit and visa requirements. With Amulet, getting to Bhutan is easy.

Arriving in Bhutan via Air

The most common method of entering Bhutan is via air into Bhutan’s only International Airport located in Paro. Once your travel dates have been confirmed, they will book your flight and arrange all  formalities required of entering Bhutan. This includes the Visa clearance letter. On arrival at the international airport in Paro, this letter will need to be endorsed by the immigration officers before you are issued with a Visa permit.

The national carrier of Bhutan is Drukair – Royal Bhutan Airlines. Drukair flights depart Bangkok in Thailand, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Gaya, Guwahati amd Mumbai in India, Kathmandu in Nepal, Dhaka in Bangladesh and Changi in Singapore. Alternatively, you may choose to fly into Paro by private jet. We can easily organise all necessary ground arrangements to support this.

Flying into Bhutan’s Paro International Aiport is typically an exciting experience as the descent into Paro Valley brings you closer to the mountain tops than most other flights in the world. The flight between Paro, Kathmandu and Delhi is particularly rewarding as it offers spectacular views of 4 of the 5 highest mountains in the world. In clear weather, as you soar higher up, you’ll be treated to amazing close-ups of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Kangchenjunga at their best.

Please note that due to variable weather conditions, and the fact that the airport in Paro can only operate during daylight hours, flight can delays can occur. It is advisable to keep lengthy connecting times with any onward flights.

There is a regular domestic service from Paro to Bumthang (central region) and flights available to Trashigang (eastern region) and Gelephu (southern region). A second international airport is currently under construction in Gelephu along the southern border to India.

Arriving in Bhutan via ROAD

If you are travelling by road, Phuentsholing and Gelephu in Southern Bhutan, and Samdrup Jongkhar in Eastern Bhutan are the only land border areas open for international tourists. We can easily organise transportation, and all cross-border travel formalities including the Visa clearance letter. On arrival at one of the land based border crossings, this letter will need to be endorsed by the immigration officers before you are issued with a permit.

Bhutan Tourism Policy

The Tourism Policy of the Royal Government of Bhutan is based on a concept of “High Value & Low Impact”. Founded on the principle of sustainability, tourism must be environmentally friendly, socially and culturally acceptable, and economically viable.

Tourists are kept to a manageable level through a government regulated tourist tariff. This all inclusive tariff covers all food, accommodation (excluding resorts such as Aman Kora, Taj Tashi and Uma Paro/Punakha), transport and guide services, permits and monument fees. A portion of the tariff (currently 35%) helps to sustain the provision of free medical care and education for everyone in the country. All tour operators are subject to this all inclusive rate.

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