Bhutan Permit procedure

Dimitrz

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Note : In Bhutan its mandatory for pillion rider to wear a helmet ( so make sure you have an helmet for your pillion; anyways that's a safety requirement for long rides)

Mods can you please add this line under the Notes section in first post
 
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Hai everyone,
I am interested in Bhutan motocycle trip anytime in 2015. finding this thread very useful and informative. I hail from Erode TN and hunting for a travel partner in this route.My mob 9944121800. If anybody can extend interest pls contact me.I have an experience of Ladakh in 2014 August, with a travel partner from Delhi, thru BCMT.
I look forward eagerly.
 
Thank you for this imm. response GURU. I took this thread as the relevant one after all these days. Can you teach me to get more out of this FORUM as I am not well versed with this.I thought this thread would be a short/closer one to get a partner.
 

sanuroxz

Super User
Thank you for this imm. response GURU. I took this thread as the relevant one after all these days. Can you teach me to get more out of this FORUM as I am not well versed with this.I thought this thread would be a short/closer one to get a partner.
Click that link and then create a Thread there.. It will be visible to people..
 
From the thread i understand that single entry is not easy / possible either. in this regard i drew the attention of immigration dept whether it is possible by mail to them. i have a reply that i can avail a permit at the immigration office. FYI only. do not know how trustworthy can it be??????????????

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can someone suggest worth seeing places in bhutan for 5-6 days. will that be good enough or need more. suggest an itenarary pls..................
 

Point Zero

Well-Known Member
Thanks Dimitrz,

I made a road trip to Bhutan and your detail information was very helpful.




My friend and I did a 14 day bike trip across Bhutan during April 2013

Based on this experience we decided to share our permit related tips with focus on :-

1) Permit procedure & requirement for travelers & bike

2) Approx time and tips for getting vehicle and personal permit

3) Update on any off days for issuance of permit

4) Timings of permit office


Part 1
Phuentsholing to Paro/Thimpu



Individual permit
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Note : Minimum 2 people are required to get permit, permits not easily issued for lone traveller

Time : Between 30 minute to 1 hour ( depends on crowd)


Location
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Permit office ( Immigration office as its called ) is as Tintin said around 200 mtrs or so after you enter Bhutan gate in Phuentsholing. It's on your right

side as you come from the Indian side after the Fuel pump next to Customs & clearance office.

The Office is on 1st floor above Customs & clearance office

Permit office opens at 9 am

Document
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Duly filled permit form
Copy of your passport
Couple of Passport size photo


Procedure
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Go a bit early if possible but not too early as you need to get a Permit form that needs to be filled up and submitted along with copy of your Passport.

If the office is not open when you visit you may request any Bhutaneese offical you see there ,if they can provide you the form in advance.



The filled form needs to be given in the upstairs office ( ask for Tourist route permit counter)

You need to hand over the form with the passport copy duly stapled. They will review and ask to see the orginal Passport.
Once done they will they a photograph then and there itself.

Once done they will ask you to wait for half an hour to an hour depending upon the rush to issue you the permits.

Carry some passport size photo graphs with you as well as they might ask for one inaddition to the photo taken by them.


Note: preference is given to Tourist , so if you find the counter crowded check with them telling them that you are tourist as the same counter also process

work permits for Indian Labourers

Counter Closes by 5 Pm ( not sure as we did in morning)
If you dont have Passport then you may have to get some clearance from Indian Embassy nearby ( not sure as we had our passport)


Permits can be arrnaged in advance if you are using a registered Bhutaneese tour guide during your visit ( you can send the doucments to your guide who can

get the permits ready for you)



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Vehicle
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Location
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RSTA is located nearby but is not walkable

Go straight on the road from the permit office (opposite to border gate offcourse) take a left from the dead end circle
Ask for Phuentsholing main bustand , its located on the second floor of the bus stand

ask anyone where is the RSTA office once you reach the main bus stand which comes after you cross a small bridge.

Document
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A handwritten or typed letter mentioning the places you plan to visit including the vehicle number and owner information ( refer attachment)
Insurance copy
RC book Copy
Drivers License Copy



Procedure
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Take the documents described above and get it endrosed by RSTA inchagre who sits in room 1 ( check with Counter 5 before you go to room 1)
Once the Senior offical reviews and sign on your application form take it to counter 5
Once the offical at counter 5 endroses your application go to counter 2 I guess to pay the nominal permit fee ( Rs 90/- in our case for 2 bikes)
Go back to counter 5 with recipt of payment and get permit form from him
Take the form to counter\room 1 for final endorsement

Take copy of the same ( 1st floor ) and give one copy to counter 5

Your Vehicle permit is done


Approx time = 30 minutes if you are lucky and if its less crowded



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Part 2
Extension from Thimpu



Time : can take upto half a day or more - You will be very lucky if it gets done in 30 mins



Location
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Opposite Taj hotel if I remmber correctly
Its in the opposite direction to Clock Tower ( same road) Norzim Lam
Its around 10-15 mins walk from clock tower to this office

Opens at 9 am



Document
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Need to fill up a form given by them for stay extension
Your previous permit document



Procedure
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Once you provide the filled up form along with pervious permit document , they will ask you to wait.
The issue of extension can take between 30 minutes to good 2 hours

Once the extension is received you need to fill another form detailing your itenary for visiting restricted areas like Punakha and beyond with dates of travel to those regions

Once done it would take another 30 mins to 2 hours for processing the permission to rest of Bhutan


Overall be prepared to spend atleast half a day for permit issue / extension provided you are there at 9 am.


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Vehicle
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Approx time : 10 minutes if you are lucky however keep a good buffer


Location
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RSTA is located near the Archery stadium forgot the name ( someone please help me)

Its located above the Bigger bus stand ( I belive the main bus stand) you need to go over the bridge that you see when you enter Thimpu and then take a left


Document
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A handwritten or typed letter mentioning the places you plan to visit including the vehicle number and owner information same as before
Previous Vehicle permit document
Extension & new permit for rest of Bhutan issued from Immigration department Thimpu



Procedure
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Take the documents described to RSTA offical who sits in " Base Office/ room" if you enter from top ( that is over the bridge ) then you need to come to ground floor I guess.

Just ask at any counter " tell them you need to revew your vehicle permit" am a bit forgetful as to if the Base office is on second or ground floor.


Show all the documents to the officer who sits in the small room, he will check and give an extension then and there.
No further fee required


Your Vehicle permit is done




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Note: No one keeps the orginal or xerox copy of permits in any check post , so just one copy of all document is good enough.

At check post they will check you permits for persons and for Vehicle they will take down the name of driver, owner of vehicle, Vehicle number and drivers license number for every vehicle once done they will return the document back to you.

In Bhutan its mandatory for pillion rider to wear a helmet ( so make sure you have an helmet for your pillion; anyways that's a safety requirement for long rides)
 

Rahul4640

Active Member
Any idea about the road condition, after the earthquake? Has it taken it's toll on the Bhutanese roads as well?
 

Point Zero

Well-Known Member
I was on the way from PARO to JAIGAON (Return) at the time of 1st earthquake. But did not feel much. At border I head from police and ambulance guys that at the higher altitude some of the roads are blocked due to stone fall, otherwise it is okay. Hope nothing major happened in Bhutan.

Any idea about the road condition, after the earthquake? Has it taken it's toll on the Bhutanese roads as well?
 

asishdas

Member
Someone reported in a different Forum that issuance of Entry Permit from Bhutan's Kolkata Consulate has been stopped. Can any one in this Forum through some light on this issue, please?
 
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