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Travel Requirements

Tourists can book a package holiday to Bhutan through both International and Bhutanese local tour operators. Information is available from travel agencies.

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.

 

Daily Tariff

 

The minimum tariff for tourist visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows:

 

High Season Tariff – US$ 250 per person per night halt ( February, March, April, May, August, September, October, November and December).

 

Low Season Tariff – US$ 200 per person per night halt (January, June, July).

 

The minimum price includes:

 

    • All internal taxes and charges (including the royalty)
    • Accommodation
    • All Meals
    • All travel with a licensed Bhutanese Tour Guide
    • All Internal Transport
    • Camping Equipment and Haulage for Trekking Tours

 

The rates given above are applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan. On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on actual basis.

The rates shall apply uniformly irrespective of locations and the type of accommodation provided/asked for. List of hotels and lodges approved for international tourist accommodation updated from time to time shall be issued by TCB.

 

Note:

Minimum package cost is revised starting 1st January 2012. USD$ 250 per person per night for the months of March, April, May, September, October, and November. And USD$200 per person per night for the months of January, February, June, July, August, and December. For more information please check with TCB.

 

Surcharges

 

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 individual US$ 40 per night

Group of 2 persons US$ 30 per person per night

The 10% agency commission payable to agents abroad shall not be deductible from the surcharge.

The surcharge will not be applicable to representatives of foreign travel agents on business study or promotional visit duly approved and cleared by TCB.

 

Detailed information on Druk Air flights, tour and trekking programmes, festivals, places of interest, hotels etc can be obtained from the tour operators.

 

Visa Formalities

 

Other than Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals, all visitors to Bhutan require a visa; all visas are issued from Thimphu; visas are only issued to tourists booked with a local licensed tour operator, directly or through a foreign travel agent. Applications for tourist visas are submitted by the tour operator. Visa clearance from Thimphu must be obtained before coming to Bhutan. Visa clearance takes at least 10 days to process. Air tickets to Bhutan cannot be purchased without visa clearance. At your point of entry the visa will be stamped in your passport on payment of US$20, two passport photos will also be required. Visas are issued for a 15day period; extensions can be obtained in Thimphu at a cost of Nu.510.

 

Cancellations

 

Tour Programmes booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:

    • within 30 days of start of programme ~ no charges
    • within 21 days ~ 10% of rate
    • within 14 days ~ 15% of rate
    • within 7 days ~ 30% of rate
    • less than 7 days or without notice ~ 50% of rate
    • after arrival in Bhutan ~ 100%

 

Delayed Arrivals

 

There is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or road blocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required.

 

Note: INR (Indian Rupees) denominations of 500 and 1000 are not accepted in Bhutan.