Bhutan Customs & Regulations

The Royal Bhutan Customs Rules and regulations strictly prohibit the export of any religious Antiquity or antiques of any type. All personal electronics items – Cameras, Computers and personal electronic equipment may be brought into the country but they must be declared on the customs form provided on arrival at Paro and will be checked on departure. The following are the lists of permitted and prohibited items:

TOBACCO Products are strictly prohibited in Bhutan.

 Free Imported upon Tax

  • 2 Cartons of Cigarettes – subject to 100 percent Customs Duty and 100 percent Sales Tax
  • 2 boxes or 50 pieces of cigar subject to 100 percent Customs Duty and 100 percent Sales Tax
  • 2 bottles of alcoholic spirits – each bottle not larger than one liter
  • 1 bottle of perfume up to 2 ounces
  • 50 grams (1.1 lbs) of Gold
  • 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of Silver
  • Maximum of 10 pieces of clothing whether stitched or unstitched (for a gift or sell)
  • Other household or personal goods including electronics and bedding shall be limited to one piece each. Video cameras and photographic equipment can also be freely imported into the country.
  • *Items of gifts and presents shall be included in the above free allowance.
  • Most foreign currency can be imported or exported up to the equivalent of 10,000 USD.

 Prohibited In Bhutan

  • Illegal drugs
  • Guns, explosives, and ammunition
  • Knives and deadly weapons
  • Plant and plant products
  • Meat and meat products
  • Pets and animals
  • Religious or rare cultural artifacts
  • Hazardous materials
  • Counterfeit money and goods
  • Pornographic material
  • Any other goods which are prohibited by any laws or international conventions or treaties to which Bhutan is a signature

 Restricted in Bhutan

  • All arms and ammunition are prohibited from entering the country unless special permission has been granted from the Royal Bhutan Army.
  • Plant and plant materials will require permission from the Ministry of Agriculture before being granted permission to enter the country.
  • Animal and animal products will also require permission from the Ministry of Agriculture to enter the country. All cats, dogs and other pets will also need a travel health certificate clearing the creature of any potential infection or contamination.
  • Wireless and remote sensing telecommunications equipment will need a permit from the Ministry of Information & Communication.

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