By air, you will land at Paro International Airport, about 50 kilometers from Thimphu in the south west of the country. Bhutan¹s flag carrier, Druk Air, operates two Airbuses to New Delhi, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Dhaka, Bangkok, Bagdogra, Guwahati, and Gaya. The preferred ports of embarkation are: New Delhi and Kolkata in India, Kathmanu in Nepal, and Bangkok in Thailand. The flight between Paro and Kathmandu is one of the most exciting ones as the aircraft passes over four of the five highest mountains in the world. In fine weather, you can witness the sublime grandeur of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Kangchenjunga.
During peak seasons (February, March, April, May, August, September, October, November), hundreds of tourists enter the country by road. By land, you will enter Bhutan through the border town of Phuentsholing in the west), Gelephu in the south, and Samdrup Jongkhar in the east. If you are entering through Phuentsholing, BHNT guide shall meet you at Bagdogra Airport in the Indian state of West Bengal, a four-hour journey from Phuentsholing. Phuntsholing is about 170 km east of the Bagdogra Airport. From Phuntsholing, your vehicle climbs several foothills and imposing mountains till you enter Thimphu. It takes about 7 hours to Thimphu.
Gelephu in south-central Bhutan is another entry point. It is approximately 250 kilometers from Thimphu and the journey will take you through the sub-tropical areas of Bhutan before entering the alpine zone and then finally into Thimphu.
Samdrup Jongkhar is the only entry point in eastern Bhutan. The town borders the Indian district of Darranga, Assam, and is approximately 150 km away from Guwahati, the capital city of Assam. The journey from Guwahati is about three hours. The distance from Samdrup Jongkhar to Thimphu is about 700 kms and will take you a minimum of three days.
The following articles are exempt from duty:
You have to complete the passenger declaration form on your arrival before checking out. The articles mentioned under (d) & (e) must be declared on the declaration form. If any such items are disposed of in Bhutan by sale or gift, they are liable for customs duty. On departure, visitors are required to surrender their forms to the customs authorities.
Import/export of the following goods is strictly prohibited:
Imports of plants, soils, etc., are subject to quarantine regulations. These items must be cleared on arrival. Visitors are advised to be cautious in purchasing old and used items, especially of religious or cultural significance, as such items may not be exported without a clearance certificate.