Travel Documents

Travel Documents

Before departing on your trip, it is important to carefully gather all necessary travel documents. These may include your ticket, a valid passport, or other forms of photo identification, and any visas that may be required for your trip. In order to ensure a smooth and stress-free journey, it is essential to research and confirm these requirements in advance.

Keep your ticket and any necessary documents easily accessible and in a safe place during your trip.


In order to travel on any domestic or international flight, it is necessary to have a valid airline ticket. If you have purchased an electronic ticket (e-ticket), you will receive an itinerary receipt (in the email provided during reservation) that you should bring with you at all times during your travels. It is also important to familiarize yourself with the airline's Conditions of Carriage, which outline the terms and conditions of your ticket purchase and travel.

Passport (and other forms of Identification)

All passengers are required to have a valid passport for international travel. If you don't have a passport, or if yours is expiring soon, you'll need to apply for one. The process of getting a passport can take several weeks, so it's a good idea to start the application process well in advance of your trip. You can find more information about applying for a passport on the government website of your country.

Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after your planned return date, as some countries may require this. To avoid any issues, it is recommended to check the passport validity requirements for your destination with the consulates of the countries you plan to visit before your departure. You can also check the requirements at the IATA Travel Center.

Note that other forms of identification, such as Citizenship Identity Cards for Bhutanese citizens traveling to India and Voter Identity Cards for Indian nationals traveling to Bhutan, may also be accepted. However, it is generally recommended to travel with a valid passport for the smoothest and most efficient travel experience.


Depending on where you're going, you may need to obtain a visa in order to enter the country. Some countries offer visas on arrival, while others require you to apply for a visa in advance. It's important to research the visa requirements for your destination and to apply for a visa well in advance of your trip, as the process can take some time. You can find more information about visa requirements on the government website of the country you're visiting, or by contacting the embassy or consulate of that country.

If you are planning to visit Bhutan as a foreigner, you can visit our Bhutan Travel Requirements page to learn about the requirements. You can also visit the IATA Travel Centre to determine if you need a visa to travel to a specific country.

Arrival documents

For international flights, you may be required to complete an Arrival Form and/or a Customs Declaration Form. These forms, when required, will be handed to you at check-in, distributed by cabin crew during the flight, or provided upon arrival at the airport. You will need to present the completed forms to passport control or customs officials.

Other important information

There are a few other things you should consider when preparing for your trip. Make copies of your important documents, such as your return ticket, visa, travel insurance policy, and hotel booking confirmations, and bring both electronic and physical copies with you on your trip. You may need to produce these documents at the immigration counter or passport control, so it's important to have them readily available.

It's also a good idea to research any health and safety concerns specific to your destination and to take appropriate precautions, such as getting any necessary vaccinations or purchasing travel insurance. This can help ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable trip.