Bhutanese passport
The front cover of a Bhutanese passport
Issued by Bhutan
First issuedapp. 2006[1] (current version)
EligibilityBhutanese citizenship
ExpirationFive years

A Bhutanese passport is a document which authorises and facilitates travel and other activities in Bhutan or by Bhutanese citizens. Foreign travel passports are issued to citizens of Bhutan for international travel by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is valid for all countries unless otherwise endorsed.[2]


A Lhotshampa man holding his Bhutanese passport
A Lhotshampa man holding his Bhutanese passport

In the Kingdom of Bumthang, which constitutes a part of modern-day Bhutan, feudal passbooks or dzeng (Dzongkha: ཛེང) were issued to court messengers in order to travel from kingdom to kingdom.[2] Diplomacy and mediating were crucially important measures in pre-modern Bhutan chiefdoms.[3]

In 1988, Bhutanese passport holders abroad were ordered to surrender their passports upon their return to Bhutan.[4]

Types of passports

Identification page


The passport contains text in English and Dzongkha (Tibetan script).[7]

See also

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  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Circular MFA/PD/14.19". 15 January 1988.
  5. ^ "Passport services and related FAQs | Ministry of Foreign Affairs Royal Government of Bhutan".
  6. ^ "Bhutan passport photo 35x45 mm size, requirements". Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  7. ^ James Minahan (1 December 2009). The complete guide to national symbols and emblems. Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0-313-34498-5.