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Bhutan VISA & TOURISM POLICY

Bhutan VISA & Tourism Policy.

With the exception of visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives, all other visitors to Bhutan need a VISA.

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

All other tourists must obtain a visa clearance prior to travel to Bhutan. VISAs are processed through an online system by your licensed Bhutanese tour operator, directly or through a foreign travel agent. 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. Once received the visa clearance will be processed within 72 working hours. 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 PACKAGE

The minimum daily package covers the following services.

  1. A minimum of 3 star accommodation (4 & 5 star may require an additional premium).
  2. All meals
  3. A licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay.
  4. All internal transport (excluding internal flights).
  5. Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
  6. Packaged drinking water (complimentary).

It also includes:

  1. All internal taxes and charges
  2. A sustainable tourism Royalty of $65. This Royalty goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.

The minimum daily package for tourists travelling in a group of 3 persons or more is as follows:

These rates are applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan.

On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to providing breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on usage basis.

The list of hotels and lodges approved to provide accommodations all listed on this website. If you accommodation is not listed on this website then it is not licensed cater for international tourists.

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.


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. It is highly recommended that you purchase travel insurance prior to travel


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:


DISCOUNTS

Please Note: Children below 5 years will not be eligible for GROUP SIZE DISCOUNTS, DURATION DISCOUNTS and ROYALTY FREE ZONE DISCOUNT and All Children and Students will not be eligible for DURATION DISCOUNTS


CANCELLATION POLICY:

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

  1. Within 30 days of start of programme – no charge.
  2. Within 21 days – 10% of rate.
  3. Within 14 days – 15% of rate.
  4. Within 7 days – 30% of rate.
  5. Less than 7days or without notice – 50% of rate.
  6. After arrival in Bhutan- 100%.

WIRE TRANSFER

Prior to your trip to Bhutan you will be asked to wire the full payment for your holiday to the Tourism Council of Bhutan. You must wire the tour payment calculated by your tour operator as well as USD 40 (one time visa fee) to the Bhutan National Bank through one of their certified international partners with the Bhutanese tour operator specified as the ultimate beneficiary.