The Indian Embassy in Bhutan grants visas to non-Bhutanese intending to visit India for transit, tourist, business and other purposes, in accordance with the rules and regulations governing the same. Long-term visas are granted to people of Indian origin having family connections and interests in India.
The Embassy provides passport services to Indian nationals residing in Bhutan including issue of new passports , renewal, etc. Passports are usually issued with validity for 10 years after completion of required formalities. In respect of children below 5 years passports are issued with a validity period of 5 years and for children between 5 and 18 years, passport will be issued till they attain the age of 18 years.
Short validity passports i.e. for a period of 1 year are issued in the case of genuine urgency. However, the validity of such passports can be extended up to 10 years from the date of issue after due formalities.
The GOI launched the 'Tatkal Scheme' of issue of out of turn passports w.e.f. January 2000. Out of turn passports may be issued (between 1-7 or 7-28 working days) only in cases of genuine urgency, on payment of prescribed fees. Eligible categories of 'Tatkal Scheme' are as under: -
Patients requiring to go abroad for medical treatment (without any enhanced fee).
Blood relatives of a person residing abroad who is seriously ill.
In case of death abroad of close relative of applicant (without any enhanced fee).
Businessmen intending to travel abroad urgently for trade, conferences trade fair etc.
Students requiring a passport for appearing in examinations such as SAT (without any enhanced fee if the earnings of the parents/guardian of the student applicant is less than Rs./ Nu. 2000/- per month).
Students going abroad to join foreign universities (without any enhanced fee if the earnings of the parents/guardian of the student applicant is less than Rs./ Nu. 2000/- per month).
Spouse, parents, parents-in-law, children, brother, sister, brother-in-law and sister-in-law of individuals working abroad.
It is an offence under the Passports Act 1967 to give false information in the application. Passport facilities can be denied on grounds of suppression of factual information, submission of false particulars, willful damage of passport and/or making unauthorized changes in the passports.
Passports can be impounded or revoked by the GOI under the provisions of the passport Act 1967 in which event the same will have to be surrendered to the nearest Indian Passport authority.
Issue of New Passport
An application for a new passport can be made within one year of expiry of the old passport. For this, an Application along with your old/existing passport, four photographs and affidavit should be submitted. If the application is found to be in order and no prior reference is required to be made to the original passport issuing authority, the passport will be issued in the normal course.
Every child should henceforth have a separate passport.
Duplicate Passports (in lieu of lost/damaged passports)
Applications for the duplicate passports will need to be submitted with the following documents:
Police report about loss of passport.
A fee of Rs./Nu. 6,000.00
Letter from school/college if student
Photocopy of previous (lost) passport
Driving license, employer's letter (as applicable).
It normally takes one month in completing this process and duplicate passports can be issued only on receipt of clearances from the concerned authorities in India. Applicants are, therefore, requested to refrain from making written/telephone enquiries during this period.
It is important to furnish full, accurate and truthful information in the form. Misinformation of facts may entail denial of passport facilities. Applications received with incomplete details will remain unprocessed. A duplicate passport may not be issued for the second loss/damage of passport. Habitual losers of passports will be denied further passport facilities.
Change of name
For change of name or surname, consequent to marriage/divorce, please submit original marriage/divorce certificate, along with photocopy of husband's passport.
In all other cases of change of name/surname in the passport, the change has first to be advertised in newspaper, both in Bhutan and India (circulation in the area of your permanent and present residence). Original news paper clipping are required to be submitted. An affidavit, duly notarized is also required. Request for change of name for any other purpose is not normally entertained. Service is provided after a waiting period of 30 days from the date of application of advertisement in the newspaper.
Application for change in date of birth will not be entertained unless accompanied by a court order issued by a judicial officer not below the rank of first class magistrate in India.
The Embassy provides other consular services to Indian Nationals in Bhutan including Issue of Birth and Death Certificates, Transfer of residence Certificates, Attestation of Documents etc. on payment of prescribed fees.
Details of Fees (in Rs/Nu)
Fresh Passport for 10 years (36 pages)
Miscellaneous services requiring issue of fresh passport booklet (36 pages)
Miscellaneous services in passport eg. Change in address, ECNR, endorsement etc
Transfer of residence certificate
Attestation of civil documents
(affidavits, educational degree, sponsorship certificates,marriage certificates, Wills, Power of Attorney, etc.)
Out of turn (Tatkal) Passport fees)
Issue of fresh out of turn passports within seven working days of the date of application
Rs. 3750/- plus the passport fee as applicable
Issue of fresh out of turn passports between seven to twenty eight working days of the date of application
Rs. 2250/- plus the passport fee as applicable
Issue of duplicate out of turn passport within five working days of the date ofapplication in lieu of an ordinary passport where it has been stolen, damaged,destroyed or for any other such reasons
In all re-issue cases after expiry of ten/twenty years validity,passportis re-issued within five working days of the date of application, if the expired Passport was issued from EOI, Thimphu. A Passport issued by other Passport offices, requires confirmation
from the concerned issuing authority.
Fees, once received, cannot be refunded, even if the application is withdrawn or service cannot be rendered.
Timings Submission/Collection of all Passports/Consular service (like issue of new/duplicate passports, renewals and miscellaneous services on passports, attestation of documents will be as per the following timings on all working days w.e.f 1 January 2011. 0900 hrs to 1100 hrs - Submission of Documents 1600 hrs to 1700 hrs - Collection of documents on the designated day. .