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13-21 January 2014, Thimphu, Bhutan

Special Visa and Airline Information

It is not necessary to have visa for Bhutan issued before a flight ticket is booked. Bhutanese visa is issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If you are not able to purchase the tickets locally through your travel agent, you can purchase your ticket online on the websites of DrukAir ( and Bhutan Airlines ( who are the only wo carriers flying to/from Bhutan. The connecting ports are Singapore, Bangkok (Thailand), Kolkata, Guawahati, Bangdora, Delhi (India), Dhaka (Bangladesh) and Kathmandu (Nepal). But there may not be daily flights. Please check the carriers' websites. Other options are:

a) You can co-ordinate with the SANOG XXIII secretariat at " and" of Bhutan Telecom. They could also assist in the purchase of the tickets.

b) You can co-ordinate with Mr. J. Baral ( Sojo Travels in Kathmandu, and pay by credit card. You have to authorize credit card payment with a faxed document.

c) You can also book/buy tickets through your travel agents.

For residents of Nepal, India and Bangladesh, you can purchase tickets locally. In case of confusion, please write to info @ sanog. org.

Visa / Immigration

Royal Government of Bhutan enforces on valid passports and an entry visa. An approved visa by Bhutan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs needs to to produced at the check-in of flight to Bhutan. It is possible that check-in counter could also have a copy of your visa. So make sure you apply for visa process early by filling up the visa form and sending to the SANOG XXIII host email addresses listed below. Host will process and send you the approved visa over email.

Please download the visa form and send it to " and" at Bhutan Telecom, the host of SANOG XXIII, along with a scanned copy of the your passport.

Bangladesh, Maldivians & Indian nationals does not require producing visa while coming to Bhutan. But you should carry vaild passport or citizenship ID card. Valid voter ID card is also accepted for Indians.

At your port of entry your visa will be stamped in your passport on payment of US$ 40. You are recommended to carry exact change with you as there may not be change available at the counter. And further please do carry unmarked / clean notes i.e. no pen or pencil marking on the notes you pay for visa. You will also require two passport photos. Extension of visas, for up to 6 months, can be obtained in Thimphu at a cost of Nu.510

(Visa information may be revised as per government notices, please check this page before departing on the journey).


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