E-visa ‘first entry’ into India by land ICP of Jaigaon

Warm greetings!

We have been informed that third-country nationals with Indian e-visa have been arriving in large numbers at land ICP in Jaigaon from Bhutan for ‘first entry’ into India. In this regard, the Embassy of India has informed that the ‘first entry’ for e-visa holders is permitted only through any of the 28 designated airports or 5 sea ports of India and such ‘first entry’ on e-visa is not allowed through any land ICP. As such, the Embassy has requested to convey the following:

  1. Concerned agencies in Bhutan to not allow foreigners with ‘first entry’ e-visa to exit from Bhutan for entry into India through Jaigaon Land ICP;
  2. Foreign tourists may enter India through Land ICP from Bhutan on the basis of paper/physical visa issued by any Indian Embassy.
Therefore, TCB would like to request relevant stakeholders to note and render necessary cooperation.
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This is in continuation to our recent email sent on 1st February 2020 regarding Drukair Refund Policy for Ticket Cancellation (Coronavirus). In this regard, please find the Revised Template that includes currency type and refund amount for processing ticket cancellation refund, if any.

However, the Drukair circular on the Interim Term & Fare Sheet Rules for Coronavirus (nCoV) will remain same.

Travel Advisory pertaining to novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak
The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) would like to inform all our tourism partners on the following:
  1. Inform TCB if the incoming tourists are traveling from Hubei Province and those who have any travel history to Hubei Province before coming to Bhutan.
  2. Concerned tour guides to inform TCB in case any tourists have symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath, to immediately report to the nearest health center or call 112, Health Help Center to seek advice.
  3. Tour guides to keep track of the movement of tourists at all times and practice precautionary measures such as:
    1. Basic hand hygiene: washing hand with soap and water
    2. Respiratory hygiene: cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or into your elbow
    3. Avoid unnecessary unprotected contact with live animal
    4. Wash hands thoroughly after contact with an animal
    5. Thoroughly cook meat and eggs before consuming
  4. Travel operators to exercise extreme caution with their outbound pilgrimage tours. In fact, we would strongly discourage outbound travel to affected countries until further notice.
  5. Please be informed that everyone entering Bhutan will be mandatorily required to fill Health Declaration Forms and screened for signs and symptoms of coronavirus (2019-nCoV) at the point of entry. Those with sign and symptoms with travel history to affected countries may be subjected to 2019-nCoV test and isolated until proven negative.
So we request our tourism partners to cooperate and inform the incoming tourists accordingly in advance to avoid unnecessary inconveniences. We regret for any inconvenience caused.
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Pilgrimage tours in Bhutan can be very exciting. Some historic sites in Bhutan draw hundreds of tourists every day. Temples, monasteries, fortresses, stupa, ancient ruins and religious sites are scattered across the country.

The monastery of Taktshang (Tigers Den) in Paro, situated on a cliff is Bhutan’s greatest architectural wonder. The monastery defies basic engineering techniques, as it stands firmly right on the edge of the cliff.

Bhutanese dish is hot; spicy chilli with cheese and tomato is the local delicacy. But those with a lesser endurance to chilli can treat themselves to a savory meal in many Bhutanese restaurants that cater to international travellers.

Several restaurants have come up in many parts of Thimphu today with increased tourists arrivals recording every year. Many restaurants serve Thai, Chinese, Indian, Korean and American cuisine.

Bhutan presents a unique opportunity to admire its natural beauty, majestic fortresses, ancient temples and monasteries, picturesque river valleys, meadows and hills. There is so much to see, admire and take home the beautiful memories.

Each district in Bhutan has at least one ancient fortress called dzongs, the center of spiritual and political administration. The dzong is perhaps the quintessence of Bhutanese architecture.

Draped in traditional Bhutanese paintings and unique ancient architectural design, the dzong sits perched on top of a hill overlooking the valley. The construction of the dzong was necessitated in the seventeenth century when Tibetans frequently attempted to invade Bhutan.

During the tshechu, annual religious festival held in every districts, huge thongdrels or tapestries of guru Rinpoche is unfurled in the dzong. Tourists can witness the unfurling, walk across the dzong and admire the Bhutanese paintings and the dzongs’ architectural design.

The Punakha dzong built in between two rivers in Punakha sees more than hundred tourists every day. According to legends, the dzong is a replica of a palace in heaven.

One of the most fascinating sight for tourists continue to be the Paro Taktshang (tigers den) located in Paro, a one hour drive from Thimphu. The monastery sits on the edge of a vertical cliff. It is believed, Guru Padmasambhava had meditated in the cave where the monastery sits today.

The Dochula pass on the way from Thimphu to Punakha offers a panoramic view of the snow capped lofty Himalayas. The sight can be extremely enjoyable in a clear winter sky.

108 Buddhist chortens, or stupa lie in a mound separating the highway into two.

While at Thimphu, tourists can drive or walk towards Kuenselphodrang where lies one of the biggest statue of Buddha which is still being constructed. The site offers a bird’s eye view of the capital city of Thimphu.

Bhutanese handicrafts including textiles have often been praised for their ingenuity, beauty and intricate designs evoking wonder and imagination. Travellers looking to take home a souvenir from Bhutan can walk into the numerous handicrafts shops scattered across the country.

Many shops in Thimphu and Paro cater to tourists’ needs selling Bhutanese antiquities, traditional bowls, woodworks, textile items, traditional Bhutanese wallet, paintings etc.