Australian High Commission
New Delhi
India, Bhutan

Changes to Australian visa processing in Bhutan

From 16 May 2016, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will commence accepting visa applications at the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in Thimpu, Bhutan.

The collection of biometric data will also commence from 16 May 2016.  The AVAC will, through a quick, discreet and a non-intrusive process capture a facial image and a 10-digit fingerprint scan on a dry scanner machine at the time of application submission.

Visa applicants, who mail their applications to the Australian High Commission in New Delhi or to the AVAC in Thimphu, or who submit their application online will be sent a letter requiring them to attend the AVAC, in person, to provide their biometrics.

Biometrics will be collected from visa applicants, irrespective of their nationality, who are usually resident in Bhutan at the time of making a visa application to enter Australia unless they are excluded or exempted from the Programme.

The AVAC will charge a service fee for the lodgement of applications and collection of biometrics. Please see the AVAC website below for more details.

The details of the AVAC in Bhutan are as follows:


                    Australia Visa Application Centre

                              Level 5, Thimphu Plaza

                                     11B Chang Lam 2

                                    Thimphu, BHUTAN

 Telephone: +975 2 338282 / 338383

 Opening hours: 9:00am – 4:00pm

 Monday – Friday

To avoid unnecessary delays, you are encouraged to make an appointment to provide your biometrics and submit your visa application.  Appointments can be made through the VFS Global website:


For more information please see:

AVAC website:

DIBP website: