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Bhutan Ends Mandatory Travel Insurance: Visa Application Made Easy!



Great news for globetrotters! Bhutan, the “Land of the Thunder Dragon,” has recently removed the mandatory travel insurance requirement for tourists. This move aims to streamline the visa application process and attract more visitors to explore its breathtaking landscapes, rich culture, and unique heritage.

Previously, travel insurance was mandatory due to the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with the situation improving, Bhutan’s Department of Tourism has decided to lift this requirement.


Why This Matters for Travellers

This change simplifies the visa application process, saving tourists time and effort. While mandatory insurance is no longer required, the Department of Tourism still recommends purchasing travel insurance as a precaution. This can provide valuable financial protection in case of unexpected emergencies during your trip.

Simplifying Visa Application

By removing the mandatory travel insurance requirement, Bhutan aims to simplify the visa application process and encourage more visitors to explore its unique culture, landscapes, and heritage.

This adjustment underscores Bhutan’s commitment to providing a welcoming and hassle-free experience for tourists while maintaining necessary precautions for their safety and well-being.


Visa-Free Travel for Indian Passport Holders

Indian passport holders enjoy visa-free travel to Bhutan due to the strong diplomatic ties between the two countries. Being one of the few nations that share a border with India, Bhutan maintains excellent relations with its neighbours.

Entry Permit Process for Indians

Indian passport holders visiting Bhutan must obtain a 7-day entry permit from the Immigration Office in Phuentsholing for road entry. This permit is required at all checkpoints. To extend beyond 7 days, visit the immigration office in Thimphu. This streamlined process ensures a hassle-free stay while adhering to immigration regulations.

Entry Permit Issuance

It’s worth mentioning that the entry permit issued by the Bhutan Immigration Department for Indian citizens is provided at no charge, further enhancing the accessibility of travel to this beautiful Himalayan kingdom.


With these updates, Bhutan continues to position itself as a premier destination for travellers seeking unique experiences amidst breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage.

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