All visitors (except Indians) to Bhutan require a visa. All visas are issued from Thimphu. Visas are only issued to tourists booked with a local licensed tour operator or indirectly through its foreign agent partner. Applications for tourist visas are submitted by the tour operator. Visa clearance from Thimphu must be obtained before coming to Bhutan. Visa clearance takes at least 10 to 14 days to process. Air tickets to Bhutan cannot be purchased without visa clearance. At your point of entry the visa will be stamped in your passport.