Yes, all US citizens must have a visa to travel to Bhutan. This is required before you can purchase a plane ticket to this destination – but it can only be obtained through a licensed tour operator and a pre-booked tour.
The first step to going to Bhutan is to get your passport validated. Your passport must be valid for at least six months following the date of your arrival to Bhutan. You need a Bhutanese visa to enter and exit Bhutan. All visitors, including those on official U.S. government business, must obtain visa clearance from Thimphu before traveling to Bhutan.
Is Bhutan expensive to visit?
Yes and no.
Bhutan is a small country with a relatively low population, so it’s not uncommon to find yourself in the middle of nowhere without much in the way of amenities. But don’t be fooled: the country is very rich with culture, history and natural beauty. With that said, traveling to Bhutan will cost you quite a bit—but not because it’s “expensive” per se.
Bhutan is largely focused on sustainable tourism, which means that they’re trying to minimize the impact their visitors have on the environment and local communities by promoting high-value (low-impact) travel experiences over mass tourism. This approach has led to an increase in tourists who choose to visit Bhutan for cultural reasons rather than for economic ones.
Bhutan is a country that’s incredibly easy to travel in. The people are friendly, there are no traffic lights or stop signs—and you don’t even have to pay for a ticket! It’s a land of endless opportunity and endless wonder.
The country is also known for its strict laws and regulations on everything from drinking age (18) to hunting and fishing (except catch and release). The production and sale of tobacco is also illegal.
Bhutanese food is famous for its unique and delicious dishes. Some of the most famous foods in Bhutan are:
Ema Datshi. Shakam Paa. Jasha Maru. Phaksha Paa. Zow Shungo. Shakam Datshi. Dumplings. Puta are some of the popular dishes of Bhutan.
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