In most of the countries you will find diplomatic missions, which usually refers to an embassy and/or a consulate. Diplomatic bodies represent other country interests in Bhutan, with the aim of strengthening international relations between the states and providing services for their citizens in Bhutan.
Embassies and consulates are considered legal territories of their home countries. They are not "foreign territory" but they are protected and considered the property of the country using them, meaning that Bhutan does not have jurisdiction over the embassy or consulate of another country.
The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations international treaty defines the diplomatic mission’s purpose and framework. The various diplomatic missions offer several services and carry out different missions. For example:
NB: You will usually apply for a visa at the Consulate of the country you want to visit. However, if there is no such representation in Bhutan, you can apply for a visa at the embassy.
Not all countries have an Embassy and/or a Consulate as it depends of the political situation, the relationship with the host country, the size of the country, and the number of foreign citizens living there.
In some cases, countries can share representations and you can be assisted by the services of another embassy or consular service to get the information you need.
We recommend you register/contact your country’s embassy at your destination. It is a free service provided by any diplomatic mission and it will allow them to record information about your upcoming trip abroad. It can be used to assist you in case of an emergency.
Registration will also allow you to get routine information from your nearest embassy or consulate, as citizen residing abroad.
The Bhutan capital, Thimphu hosts 2 embassies.
There are also 6 consulates in Bhutan.
All consulates and honorary consulates are located in Thimphu.
You will find below a list of selected countries (the list is not exhaustive) that have a diplomatic mission in Bhutan. The list includes embassies, consulates, honorary consulates and sometimes other official representations for you to be able to get information and services.
Embassy of Bangladesh in Bhutan
Address: HIG-3, Upper Chubachu, Thimphu
Tel: (+975) 2 332 771
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/bdoot.thimphu/
The consular section provides a range of consular services such as document authentication and legalization processing, as well as notary certification and marriage registration, passport and visa affairs, power of attorney, travel permits and consular protection to all Bangladesh citizens living abroad.
Indian Embassy in Bhutan
Address: Box:193, Jungshina, Thimphu
Tel: (+975) 2 322 162 (161 for the consular service)
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/IndiainBhutan/ and https://twitter.com/Indiainbhutan
Opening hours: For consular services, the embassy is open from 9:00am to 11:00am from Monday to Friday except on declared holidays.
The Indian Embassy in Bhutan provides reception of the public (consular affairs), register of Indian nationals established outside India, visa and passport services, legalization of signature, driver's license..., elections, national service and assembly of Indian nationals abroad,, etc.
Contact directly the Embassy/Consulate website for more information.
For countries with no consulates or embassies in Bhutan, the Honorary Consulates are supervised by diplomatic representations located in other country, often New Delhi, in India for Bhutan.