Planning to Travel to Bhutan?

Buddha Dordenma
Punakha Valley

Essential planning for ex-UK & European Union travellers to Bhutan.

Aussies are Great Mates with our friends from UK & all of the European Union!

James & Nicola of Bhutan & Beyond are Aussies, and based in Australia. But we do assist travellers from all over the world to visit Bhutan!

We’re experts in Bhutan, and how to get there, and have been ably assisting ex-UK & European Union travellers experience the very best Bhutan has to offer since 2010.

James holds 3 Guinness World Records for travelling to the most nations in a single journey (191) back in AUG02-MAR03. This is when he discovered Bhutan and fell in love with it immediately! The rest is history.

Our Tour Options:

Whether it be our classic traditional Bhutanese private or small group tours; our trekking & adventure experiences or our range of luxury & wellness retreats, we can create the perfect Bhutan journey for you.

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But how do we get to Bhutan from UK & European Union??

Now that’s easy!

  • Drukair & Bhutan Airlines are the ONLY two airlines that service Paro, Bhutan! They are both reputable carriers.
  • These two airlines offer services to Paro from hub cities Delhi, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Bangkok, Singapore, Dhaka & Bagdogra.
  • Bhutan & Beyond MUST book these flights in/out of Paro in conjunction with your land tour arrangements.
  • Once we confirm your Paro flights, & Bhutan land arrangements, you are now safe to book & purchase your ex-UK or European Union air ticket locally in your home country.
  • You will only need to arrange your ex-UK, Ireland or European Union air ticket as far as the hub city where you connect to your flight into Paro.
  • Bhutan & Beyond will handle everything from that hub city point on for you.
  • Once in your nearest hub city to Bhutan we will connect you to a Drukair or a Bhutan Airlines flight into Paro airport.

Your Fastest Route To Bhutan

Please note this information below. Flights may not be daily so please use this as a guide only. It may be some years before flight schedules return to pre-COVID levels.

Drukair/Bhutan Airlines flight information:

  • You will fly on an Airbus A319/A320 jet to/from Paro. 
  • From Delhi the flights are usually daily to Paro and take approx 2 hours.
  • Ex-Kathmandu flights are also daily taking approx 1 hour 10 mins.
  • From Bangkok there are often twice daily services into Paro, taking 3+ hours.
  • Ex-Singapore there are usually 2-3 weekly services into Paro taking 5-6 hours.
  • An overnight stopover at your hub city is usually required en route to Paro but NOT always on the return journey.

From Ireland:

Flying from Dublin to either Delhi (India) or Kathmandu (Nepal) is your fastest route although you will usually need to overnight in either city to safely connect to a Drukair or Bhutan Airlines flight to Paro, Bhutan.

Alternatively, and depending on border closures/virus safety issues etc, you may prefer to fly to Bangkok or Singapore. A longer, and possibly more expensive air journey. Again an overnight stop in these cities is usually required to connect back up to Bhutan next day.

Regular connections over London, Frankfurt or Doha are your fastest options.

From UK:

Flying from London to either Delhi (India) or Kathmandu (Nepal) is your fastest route although you will usually need to overnight in either city to safely connect to a Drukair or Bhutan Airlines flight to Paro, Bhutan.

There are also services from Manchester and other UK cities over London or a European hub such as Amsterdam, Frankfurt or Zurich.

Alternatively, and depending on border closures/virus safety issues etc, you may prefer to fly to Bangkok or Singapore. A longer, and possibly more expensive air journey. Again an overnight stop in these cities is usually required to connect back up to Bhutan next day.

From London there are direct flights on British Airways, Virgin Atlantic & Air India into Delhi and with a number of major carriers into Singapore or Bangkok. For Kathmandu flights via Doha with Qatar Airways is the best option.

From Rest of European Union:

Most direct is to fly to Delhi (India) or Kathmandu (Nepal) via your nearest major airport such as Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Zurich, Paris, Stockholm etc and then either direct or via the Middle East (usually Doha) into either of these two cities. 

You will usually need to overnight in either Delhi or Kathmandu to safely connect to a Drukair or Bhutan Airlines flight to Paro, Bhutan.

Alternatively, and depending on border closures/virus safety issues etc, you may prefer to fly to Bangkok or Singapore. A longer, and possibly more expensive air journey. Again an overnight stop in these cities is usually required to connect back up to Bhutan next day.

Drukair 1
Drukair A319 Jet

Hot Tips for ex UK & European Union Travellers to Bhutan

STOPOVERS:

You will usually need to overnight, on your outbound journey, in either Bangkok, Singapore, Delhi or Kathmandu. Flights to Paro often depart very early in the morning (between 0530 and 0830) and staying at a good close airport hotel is recommended. We can assist you with this booking.

VISAS:

A visa to enter Bhutan will be pre-arranged for you by Bhutan & Beyond.

Additional visas may be required for any stopover you make en-route to Bhutan. Please check with us for advice. This will almost certainly apply to stops in India and Nepal.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:

It is mandatory for all travellers to Bhutan, including those from the UK & European Union, to hold a ‘comprehensive travel insurance policy’ or you WILL be denied an entry visa!

Comprehensive travel insurance includes cover for trip cancellation, baggage, travel delay, emergency evacuation & repatriation along with sickness, accident & personal liability. There should also be some cover against COVID-19 related incidents.

We recommend World Nomads travel insurance cover for our UK & European Union travellers, which you can purchase on-line in your home country direct. Please ensure you review the insurance inclusions carefully to ensure the cover offered is right for your needs. Click here for details. 

LANGUAGE IN BHUTAN:

English is the predominant international language spoken in Bhutan and it is recommended that tourist travellers have some knowledge of spoken & written english to enjoy a rewarding visit.

COVID 19 REQUIREMENTS:

Details to be updated as information comes to hand.