VISA

Bhutan
Bhutan

Visa Requirement

With the exception of visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives, all other visitors traveling to Bhutan must obtain a visa clearance prior the travel to Bhutan.  Visas are processed through an online system your behalf  by your licensed Bhutanese tour operator directly or through a foreign travel agent that you book your Bhutan tour package with.    

You are required to send the photo-page of your passport to your tour operator who will then apply for your visa.  The Royal Government of Bhutan sets minimum daily tarrif for packages to Bhutan and this must be paid in US dollars prior to arrival in Bhutan. The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your tour package (including a USD $40 visa fee) has been  received in the TCB bank account through your travel agent.  Once received, the visa clearance will be processed within 5 working days.  

At your point of entry you will be required to show your visa clearance letter, the visa will then be stamped into your passport. 

Minimum Daily Tariff

The Royal Government of Bhutan sets minimum selling prices for packages to Bhutan. These must be paid in US dollars prior to arrival in Bhutan.

The minimum daily tariff applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan for tourists traveling in a group of 3 people 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.

The minimum daily tariff covers the following services;

  • A minimum of 3 star accommodation (4 & 5 star may require an premium payment).
  • All meals
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay
  • All internal ground transport
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
  • USD 65 Sustainable Development Fee (SDF)

Surcharges

Tourists travelling in a group of two (2) persons or less shall be subject to a surcharge, in addition to the minimum daily package rates. These are as follows;

  • Single individual – US$ 40 per night
  • Group of 2 persons only – US$ 30 per person per night

 

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Discounts

There shall be no charge other than visa fee of USD 40 for children below the age of 5 years.

Children between the ages of 5-12 years shall be given 50% discount on minimum daily package rate.

Full time students below the age of 25 years, holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions, shall be given 25% discount on minimum daily package rate.

A GROUP SIZE DISCOUNT of 50% on minimum daily package shall be given to one person in a group of 11 -15 people. 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.

A 50% DURATION DISCOUNT on SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FEE shall be provided after the 8th night and 100% discount on SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FEE shall be provided after 14th night.

100% SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FEE FREE ZONE DISCOUNT shall be provided on SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FEE on first and/or last night for groups with night halt in Phuntsholing, Sarpang and Samdrup Jongkhar on arrival and/or departure

 

FAQ

Do I need to use a tour operator for my travel to Bhutan?

It is a government regulation that you must use a licensed Bhutanese tour operator to book your travel to Bhutan or one of their international partners.

Do I need a visa to enter Bhutan?

All International tourists wishing to enter Bhutan require a visa which must be pre-arranged through a license Bhutanese Tour Operator or one of their international partners. Visa clearance must be obtained through your tour operator prior to travel. For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives may obtain a visa on entry.

How much does the visa cost?

For International tourist visas, a cost of USD 40 is applicable. This can be paid in advance to your tour operator or travel agent. For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives, there is no cost incurred.

What does the $200/$250 per day minimum daily package include?

The $200 per day (January, February, June, July, August) and $250 per day (March, April, May, September, October, November) package includes a minimum of 3 star accommodations, costs for food, an experienced guide and transportation within the country. Also included in the price is a $65 per day Sustainable Development Fee that goes towards free education, free healthcare and poverty alleviation. All of these services will be arranged by your tour operator.

Is there a limit on the number of tourists that can enter Bhutan each year?

There is no limit on the number of tourists allowed to visit in a year. In order to protect our culture, traditions and natural environment, the government has adopted a unique policy of “High Value, Low Impact ”. This policy is aimed at attracting discerning tourists that will respect the unique culture and values of the Bhutanese people while also providing the visitors with an unforgettable one of a kind experience.

Online Regional Permit System

Indian, Bangladeshi and  Maldivian nationals can obtain a permit at the port of entry on producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity (Indian nationals may also use their Voters Identity Card (VIC)). 

With the online regional permit system, visitors can also obtain their permit clearances and route permits ahead of their arrival in Bhutan similar to international tourists through their licensed Bhutanese tour operator. 

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