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Customs

All visitors are required to complete the passenger declaration form upon arrival at Paro Airport. The following articles are exempted from customs duty:

a) Personal effects for daily use.

b) 2 Litres of alcohol; 400 cigarettes; 150gms of pipe tobacco.

c) Instruments, apparatus or appliances for professional use.

d) Photographic equipment, video cameras and other electronic goods.

Those articles described in section (c) and (d) must be declared on the declaration form. If these items are disposed off in Bhutan by sale or gift they become liable for customs duty. On departure, visitors are required to surrender their forms to the Customs authorities. Import and export of arms, ammunition, explosives, narcotics and drugs and wildlife products are strictly prohibited.

Import/export restrictions

Import/export of the following goods is strictly prohibited

  1. a)Arms, ammunitions and explosives
  2. b)All narcotics and drugs except medically prescribed drugs
  3. c)Wildlife products, especially those of endangered species
  4. d)Antiques.

Imports of plants, soils etc. are subject to quarantine regulations. These items must be declared on arrival. Visitors are advised to be cautious in purchasing old and used items, especially of religious or cultural significance as customs authorities will not allow any old/used items to be taken out of the country if they have not been certified as non-antique. Our advice should be sought before committing to such purchases.