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Passport services and related FAQs

APPLICATION FOR PASSPORT/TRAVEL DOCUMENT
ELIGIBILITY

All Bhutanese citizens are eligible to apply for a passport.

APPLICATION PROCESS 

Application for passport/travel document must be submitted to the Passport Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Changangkha. Alternatively, passports (for adults) can be applied online here.

To apply for a passport, you can either apply online (www.citizenservices.gov.bt) or visit the Passport Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Changangkha. 

The requirements for different categories of passports are as follows:

Diplomatic / Official Passport

    1. Duly filled-in application and release forms. You can download the forms here.
    2. Most recent passport-size photograph.
    3. Copy of valid citizenship identity card.
    4. An official letter of request for issuance of passport from the concerned agency, stating the purpose and duration of travel. Where necessary, clearance from the Royal Civil Service Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall also be required.

Ordinary Passport / Travel Document

  1. Duly filled-in application form. You can download the form here.
  2. Fee of Nu. 1,000/- .
  3. Copy of valid citizenship identity card or identity document issued by the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs.
  4. Valid online Security Clearance Certificate.
  5. Most recent passport-size photograph.

Release of Diplomatic or Official Passport

  1. Duly filled release form. You can download the form here
  2. An official letter of request for issuance of passport from the concerned agency, stating the purpose and duration of travel. Where necessary, clearance from the Royal Civil Service Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall also be required.

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SPECIFICATION FOR PASSPORT-SIZE PHOTOGRAPH

The size of the photograph should be 45 mm x 35 mm with your facial image taking up 70 to 80 % of the photograph and the photograph must be:

  1. white background without border;
  2. portrait style with eyes open and forehead & ears clearly visible;
  3. without flash reflection, tinted lenses and thick frames if you are wearing glasses;
  4. without shadow with sharp and clear focus;
  5. of high quality with no ink marks or creases;
  6. printed on photo-quality paper for photographs taken with a digital camera;
  7. clean with no smudge marks; 
  8. glued and not stapled or pinned to the application; and
  9. not older than six months.

FEES AND FINES

The following fees and fines shall be applicable:

 Sl. No.  Categories of Passport/Travel Document  Fees and Fines
A.  New Issuance 
1.  Diplomatic / Official Passport  Not applicable 
2.  Ordinary Passport / Travel Document (adults)  Nu. 1,000 /-
3.  Ordinary Passport / Travel Document (children below 18 years)  Nu. 800/-
4.  Emergency Passport/Travel Document  Nu. 1,000/-
B. Replacement
1.  Expired Passport/Travel Document/Exhaustion of pages  Nu. 1,000/-
2.   Lost or damaged Passport  / Travel Document   Nu. 5,000/-

TIMING

The Passport  Division will be open from Monday to Friday as follows:

9:00 am to 12:00 pm Submission of application and payment of fees.
9:00 am to 05:00 pm (Summer)

9:00 am to 4:00 pm (Winter)

Collection of Passport/Travel Document (Applicants shall receive SMS  from G2C when their Passport/Travel Document is ready for collection)

The Passport Division will be closed on government holidays. 

Note:

    1. The Passport Division reserves the right to request for additional document(s) and information to support the application.
    2. Fees and fines shall be subject to revision from time to time.

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