Bhutan Visa Requirements
● Other than Indian, Bangladeshis nationals, all visitors to Bhutan require a visa.
● All visas are issued from Thimphu by the Tourism Council of Bhutan.
● Visas are only issued to tourists whom have booked tour packages with local tour operators, either directly or through a foreign travel agent.
● Applications for tourist visas are submitted by the tour operator. Clearance will take at least 10 working days to process.
● The Royal Government of Bhutan sets the minimum selling price for tour packages to Bhutan and this must be paid in US dollars prior to your arrival in Bhutan.
Question: Is there a tourist quota to the number of people who can visit Bhutan every year?
Answer: There is no tourist quota set by the Royal Government of Bhutan. Tourist numbers are about 29,000 per year (2010) largely due to the limited flight capacity and shortages of good hotels currently.
The minimum tariff for tourists visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows:
High Season Tariff
US$ 200 per person per night halt ( March, April, May, September, October & November).
To be US$250 per person from 2012.
Low Season Tariff
US$200 per person per night halt (January, February , June, July, August & December).
The minimum price includes:
● All internal taxes and charges (including the royalty)
● All meals
● All tours 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. These rates are valid through 2010.
Note: Tariff rate for the High Season will be US$250 from 1st January 2012
Question: Can I stay at exclusive resorts like Uma and Aman?
Answer: Visitors who opt for more exclusive resorts like Uma Paro, Taj Tashi and Amankora will have to pay for their accommodation on top of the daily tariff specified.
Question: What does my tariff pay for?
Answer: US$65 (deemed loyalty) goes toward a development fund for free health care, free education and road building in Bhutan. The remainder of the tariff goes to accommodation, meals, and services like tour guides, transportation, drivers and all entrance fees.
Individual tourists and smaller groups of less than three persons shall be subjected to surcharges, over and above the minimum daily rates applicable, as follows:
US$ 40 per night
Group of 2 persons
US$ 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 parents/ guardians shall be given 50% discount on the 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 the daily rates.
● A discount of 50% on the daily rates shall be given to one member in a group of 11 to 15 people. A 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.
Source: Tourism Council of Bhutan