All 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.
Sustainable Development Fees
SDF or Sustainable Development Fees is levied by the Royal Government of Bhutan to all tourists visiting Bhutan. This is levied to promote sustainable and responsible tourism under the overall principle of “High value, Low volume” tourism. SDF contributes to social welfare, developmental activities, conservation of the environment, promotion of culture, and enhancement of infrastructure and facilities for tourists.
There are two groups of tourists: regional tourists (India, Bangladesh and Maldives) and international tourists, and the application of SDF varies.
How much is SDF for regional tourists to visit Bhutan?
The SDF for Indians will be INR 1200 per person per night for adult
INR 600 per child per night for 6 to 12-year children
Free for children 5 years & below
How much is SDF for international tourists to visit Bhutan?
International tourists visiting Bhutan shall be liable to pay a sustainable development fund (SDF) of USD 200 per night.