The Bhutanese passport is currently ranked 86th place on the Guide Passport Index. It provides visa-free access to 52 destinations. Bhutanese passport holders have visa-free access and visas on arrival to countries such as Bangladesh, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore and Sri Lanka. Passport holders of this country do however require a visa to enter about 177 countries in the world. This high visa requirement results in an overall low mobility score and requires prolonged travel planning.
The Bhutan passport ranking relative to other global passports is calculated by adding up the number of countries that allow Bhutan passport holders to enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) and those that allow Bhutan passport holders to enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or electronic travel authorization (eTA). There are currently a total of 17 Bhutan passport visa-free countries, 34 Bhutan visa-on-arrival countries, and 1 eTA destinations.
Altogether, Bhutan passport holders can enter a total of 52 destinations—either without a visa, through a visa on arrival, or via an eTA. As a result, the Bhutan passport ranks 86 in the world.
Separate from these Bhutan visa-free countries and visa-on-arrival countries, there are 177 additional destinations in which Bhutan passport holders either need a physical visa to enter or an eVisa (i.e. visa required countries).
The landlocked Kingdom of Bhutan is a former British colony consisting of twenty districts. It is located in Southern Asia. The country borders China and India. The most important districts are Thimpu, Chhukha, and Samtse. Bhutan has a surface area of 38,394 square kilometers making it one of the smaller countries in Southern Asia. Its geography is dominated by mostly mountainous terrain with some fertile valleys. The climate is diverse, with tropical weather in the southern plains, severe winters in the Himalayas, and temperate climates in the valleys.
The overall population is approximately 754,388 people. The capital of the country is Thimphu, which is also the most populous city with 114,00 inhabitants. Other important cities of the county are Phuntsholing and Paro. The largest and only international airport is Paro International Airport (PBH) with an approximate yearly passenger traffic of 181,000 people. Due to its remote location in the mountains, there are only 12 pilots in the world with the necessary certification to land.
Its culture is rich and unique due to its full isolation up until the mid-20th century. 75% of the population is Buddhist. The official language is Dongkha with different dialects and languages spread throughout the country. The legal system is the civil law based on the Buddhist religious law. The government form is a constitutional monarchy with King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk as Chief of State and Lotay Tshering as Prime Minister.
The official currency of the country is the Bhutanese Ngultrum (BTN) with the current exchange rate being BTN 83 to the USD. The BTN is pegged to the Indian Rupee at par. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $2.6 billion. It has a per capita income of $3,144. The GDP is mostly made up of 2 key sectors, which are agriculture and services. Its main goods of exports and GDP contributors are cement, wood products, processed fruits, rice, and tourism.
Bhutan offers several tourist attractions and destinations. It is known for its vast wildlife and beautiful mountain scenery. Popular activities are adventure trekking and hiking. Some of the major destinations include the Tigers’s Nest Monastery, the city of Paro, the Buddha Dodenma, Tashicho Dzong, and the Dochula Pass. Bhutan has made some major steps in order to attract more tourists to the country. Only a very limited number of tourists are allowed to enter the country every year. The majority of the 274,000 yearly visitors are originating from India.