With the exception of visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives, all other visitors to Bhutan need a visa. Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals can obtain a visa at the port of entry on producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6 month validity (Indian nationals may also use their Voters Identity Card (VIC)).
Tourists must obtain a visa clearance prior to travel to Bhutan. There are no embassies or High Commissions abroad that can grant you visas to Bhutan. You are required to send the photo-page of your passport to your tour operator who will then apply for your visa. The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday (including a USD $40 visa fee) has been wire transferred and received in the TCB bank account. At your point of entry you will be required to show your visa clearance letter, the visa will then be stamped into your passport.
Tariff (Minimum daily package)
The minimum daily package (including Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) of $65) for tourists traveling in a group of 3 persons or more is as follows: – USD $200 per person per night for the months of January, February, June, July, August, and December. – USD $250 per person per night for the months of March, April, May, September, October, and November. These rates are applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan.
Begining January, 2018 till further notice there is a waiver of a Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) of $65.00 per person per day for visiting the Eastern part of Bhutan comprising the districts of Samdrup Jongkhar, Pema Gatshel, Trashigang, Trashiyangtse, Mongar and Lhuntse.
Based on the specifics of the tour, you may be charged little higher and above rates are the minimum rates being fixed by the Government.
What does tariff cover
– A minimum of 3 star accommodation (4 & 5 star may require an additional premium).
– All meal
– A licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay
– All internal transport (excluding internal flights)
– Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours It also includes: all internal taxes and charges
– A Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) of $65. This SDF goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.
– On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to providing breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on usage basis.
What does tariff not cover
– Travel Insurance
-Meals at 5 star restaurants. Breakfast at 5 stars restaurant is included if you have booked a night at the hotel.
-Druk air ticketing cost is usually not included in our listed travel packages due to the fluctuation of foreign exchange.
– There shall be no charge for CHILDREN up to the age of 5 years. However, those between the ages of 6-12 years accompanied by elders/ guardians shall be given 50% discount on Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) daily rates and 100% discount on SDF. This Royalty is currently set at $65 per day.
– Full time STUDENTS below the age of 25 years, holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions, shall also be given a 25% discount on the SDF.
– A discount of 50% on minimum daily package shall be given to one person in a group of 11 people. 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.
The following surcharges are levied to tourists traveling in a group of two (2) persons or less in addition to the minimum daily package rates.
– Single individual – US$ 40 per night
– Group of 2 persons only – US$ 30 per person per night
– For Trekking, for a group of less than 3 people: additional surcharge of US$ 40 per person per night will be applicable.