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Customs & Immigration


Customs & Excise:

Visitors may import personal effects and articles required for the visit, provided that the items are re-exported on their leaving Bhutan

Import and Re-export of Article(s) of High value

Visitors shall be allowed to import articles of high value provided that on arrival:

  • Declare dutiable goods in the Customs Declaration Form
  • Hand over the Customs copy of the declaration form to the customs official at the customs counter
  • Produce their passenger copy of the Custom Declaration Form at the time of departure
  • Produce the article(s) for the customs inspection at the time of arrival and departure
  • If any of the items are found to be missing from the declared form, such article shall attract Customs duty and taxes on the prevailing market value of such goods in Bhutan

Prohibited Goods:

Goods that are banned completely

  • Antiques
  • Dzee beads
  • Endangered species
  • Narcotics & psychotropic drugs and substances
  • Pornographic materials
  • Any other goods prohibited by LAW or international conventions or treaties to which Bhutan is a signatory

Restricted Goods:

Goods that require a license/permit from relevant authorities

Items/Goods Authority
Firearms and ammunition Royal Bhutan Police
Explosives and explosive devices Ministry of Home & Cultural Affairs
Live animals and their products BAFRA (Bhutan Agriculture & Food Regulatory Authority
Industrial toxic wastes & residues and ozone depleting substance National Environment Commission & Ministry of Economic Affairs
Wireless, remote sensing and broadcast equipment BICMA (Bhutan InfoCom & Media Authority
Drugs & Pharmaceutical products BNCA (Bhutan Narcotic Control Agency) & Ministry of Health
Gold & Silver in excess of free baggage allowance Royal Monetary Authority


Immigration:

Arriving passengers are requested to produce following documents at the Immigration Counter:

  • Valid Identification Document (Passport/CID/Voter Card)
  • Valid Immigration Card (if issued)
  • Any other documents when demanded by Immigration Officials

Please have the following information ready as you proceed to the Immigration Counter:

  • Correct address in Bhutan (Hotel name for tourist)
  • Purpose of visit
  • Exact date of return journey

Immigration counter
Immigration Counter - Arrival Building