Bhutan Visa Requirements
- All visitors to Bhutan other than Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals, require visa.
- All visas are issued from Thimphu by the Department of Immigration, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with Tourism Council of Bhutan, the monitoring agency of tourism in Bhutan.
- Visas are only issued to tourists who book tour packages with local tour operators, directly or through a foreign travel agent.
- The local tour operator will process for the visas. Clearance takes at least 3 working days to process.
- The Royal Government of Bhutan sets minimum selling prices for packages to Bhutan and this must be paid in US dollars prior to arrival in Bhutan.
The minimum tariff for tourist visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows:
|High Season Tariff||USD 250 per person per night halt (March, April, May, September, October & November).|
|Low Season Tariff||USD 200 per person per night halt (January, February, June, July, August & December).|
The minimum tariff includes:
- All internal taxes and charges
- Accommodation in 3 star hotels
- All Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
- All travel with a licensed English speaking tour guide
- All Internal Transport (land)
- Bottled water for the entire trip
- Camping Equipment and Haulage for Trekking
Individual tourists and smaller groups of less than three persons shall be subject to surcharge, over and above the minimum daily rates applicable, as follows:
|Single TRAVELER||USD 40 per night|
|Group of 2||USD 30 per person per night|
The surcharge will not be applicable to representatives of foreign travel agents on business study or promotional visit duly approved and cleared by TCB.
- With effect from 01/07/2009, the 25% discount on Diplomatic visas has been revoked.
- 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 daily rates.
- 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 daily rates.
- A discount of 50% on daily rates shall be given to one person is a group of 11 to 15 people. 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.
Question: Is there a tourist quota to the number of people who can visit Bhutan every year?
Answer: There is no tourist quota set as such by the Royal Government of Bhutan. Bhutan has limited flights and infrastructure and that is the reason that it cannot take large numbers of tourists.
Question: Can I stay at other luxury resorts like Uma and Aman or other 4/5 star hotels?
Answer: Visitors who opt for more exclusive resorts like Uma Paro, Taj Tashi, Le Meridien and Amankora will have to pay for their accommodation on top of the daily tariff specified.
Question: What does my tariff pay for?
Answer: USD 65 (deemed Royalty) actually goes toward a development fund for free health care, free education and other development projects in the country. After deduction of $65 and other Government taxes, the remainder of the tariff goes for accommodation, meals, and services like tour guides, transportation, drivers and all Museums/Monuments entrance fees.