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

A Bhutanese passport is a document that 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 Citizenship Identity Card

In the Kingdom of Bhutan, 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]

Foreign travel passports are issued to citizens of Bhutan for international travel. New Bhutanese passports are issued by the foreign affairs.

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

In approximately 2006, the current version of the Bhutanese passports were first issued.


The passport contains text in English and Dzongkha (Tibetan script).[5]

Types of passport

Overview of Bhutanese passports
Type of passport Colour Image
Ordinary passport (Dzongkha: ་དགེ་འདུན་, romanizedShinthron) blue
Blue ordinary passport (Shinthron)
Official passport (Dzongkha: དབྱངས།་, romanizedPawchang) green
Diplomatic passport (Dzongkha: ཞག་དང་རྣ, romanizedDenzhen) red
Red diplomatic passport (Denzhen)

See also


  1. ^ "Council of the European Union - PRADO - BTN-AO-01001". Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2013.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Circular MFA/PD/14.19". 15 January 1988.
  5. ^ James Minahan (1 December 2009). The complete guide to national symbols and emblems. Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0-313-34498-5.