Department of Tourism (DOT)

We never want to be the biggest travel company in Bhutan, just the best!

It is not difficult to obtain a tourist visa for Bhutan; visa applications to Bhutan are usually processed within 5 working days. You can apply for visa by yourself if you decide to travel on your own, however it might not be easy. The tour operator will take care of all the major arrangements including booking flights, all internal transport (private car, tour bus, etc.), accommodations, meal arrangements, and coordinating a licensed tour guide.

Other than Indian nationals, all visitors to Bhutan require a visa; all visas are issued from Thimphu; visas are only issued after paying the Sustainable Development Fee (SDF). The tour operator submits applications for tourist visas for those booked through a tour operator. Visa clearance from Thimphu must be obtained before coming to Bhutan. Visa clearance process can be quick but can take up to 5 working days to process.

Documents required to process the visa:

1. A passport copy is required. The passport must be valid for six months from the intended date of departure from the Kingdom;
2. Travel insurance valid for the duration of the trip; and
3. A recent passport size photograph.


  • All cancellations must be made in writing and acknowledged by YANA Expeditions.
  • 45 days or more prior to arrival date: No Penalty
  • 44 – 30 days prior to arrival date: 15% of the tour cost
  • 29 – 20 days prior to arrival date: 30% of the tour cost
  • 19 – 15 days prior to arrival date: 50% of the tour cost
  • 14 – 8 days prior to arrival date: 75% of the tour cost
  • 7 days or less prior to arrival date: 100% of the tour cost

No refund will be given for unused or cancelled services once travel has commenced.

Depending on specific supplier cancellation policies, the above conditions may be modified/amended.


There is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or roadblocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required.