Bhutan Travel Information

Bhutan Travel Information

Bhutan Travel Information – Guide

Bhutan’s tourism landscape experienced a profound shift upon reopening its borders to visitors post-pandemic in September 2022. Prior to this, visitors were subject to a daily fee of $250 ($200 during the low season), covering meals, standard accommodation (with potential upgrades incurring extra charges), transportation, guide fees, and a $65 Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) integrated into the overall cost.

In the aftermath of the pandemic, the SDF surged to $200 per day. Additionally, Indian travelers, who previously entered for free, were mandated to pay Rs. 1200 daily upon the country’s reemergence.

Contrary to prior requirements, booking through an authorized agent became optional. However, visitors must now secure a licensed guide, reserve a minimum 3-star hotel, and obtain essential permits while fulfilling SDF and visa processes. Unofficially, this suggests utilizing an agent for convenience.

Subsequently, a series of incentives were introduced for extended stays. Then, on September 1, 2023, the government implemented a 50% discount on the SDF, reducing it to US$100 per day. Children aged six to 12 incur a fee of $50 daily. While this marks a significant reduction in costs, travelers still need to allocate resources for meals, transportation, guide fees, monument fees, accommodation, and visa-related expenses.

Foreign nationals intending to enter Bhutan must obtain an e-visa beforehand, with a few exceptions:

a) Indian Nationals are exempt from the visa requirement but must obtain an entry permit.
b) Nationals of Bangladesh and the Maldives are eligible for a visa on arrival.
c) Nationals of Thailand and Switzerland holding Diplomatic/Official passports can also obtain a visa on arrival.

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