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Bhutanese passport

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Bhutanese passport
Issued by  Bhutan
Type of document Passport
Purpose Identification
Eligibility requirements Bhutanese Citizen

A Bhutanese passport is a document which authorizes and facilitates travel and other activities in Bhutan or by Bhutanese citizens.

In the Kingdom of Bumthang, which constitutes a part of modern day Bhutan, feudal passbooks or 'dzeng' (Dzongkha: ཛེང) were issued to court messengers in order to travel from kingdom to kingdom.[1] Diplomacy and mediating were crucially important measures in pre-modern Bhutan chiefdoms.[2]

Foreign travel passports are issued to citizens of Bhutan for international travel. New Bhutanese passports are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.[3]


A Lhotshampa man holding his Bhutanese passport in a refugee camp for Bhutanese.

The passport contains text in English and Dzongkha (Tibetan script).[4]


  • Ordinary passport (red), Shinthron passport (Dzongkha: ་དགེ་འདུན་)
  • Official passport (green), Pawchang passport (Dzongkha: ་དབྱངས།་)
  • Diplomatic passport (blue), Denzhen passport (Dzongkha: ཞག་དང་རྣ)

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