If you have been planning to visit Bhutan for quite some time and are wondering about the formalities required to get the visa, look no further, we have complied a full information on how to get everything done before you land into Bhutan and experience what Bhutan is all about at its best.
All guests visiting Bhutan are required by the Government to avail visas through a registered travel agent such as ourselves before their arrival in Bhutan. Registered travel agents apply for visas through an on-line portal and the government will provide the visas only to registered travel agents. This means that booking your tour with a local travel agency guarantees you the best price and best services as it will mean that you will not have to pay commissions to third party agencies and ensures a quality service.
The cost to visiting Bhutan
The cost to visiting Bhutan is set by the government and is as follows:
- USD 250 per night during the peak seasons ( the months ofJanuary, February, June, July, August, and December )
- USD 200 per night during the lean seasons ( the months of March, April, May, September, October, and November)
- For individual travelers: USD 40 per night
- For individuals traveling in a group of two: USD 30 per head per night
- For individual traveling in a group of 3 and more: No applicable
Note: In a group of three persons, if one member is a child of 5 years and below, the group shall be treated as a FIT group of two persons and surcharge will be applicable.
The surcharge is mandated by the government to discourage travellers in small groups so there is lesser impact on the nature.
Visa Charges: a one time fee of USD 40
The Government mandates the travel agencies you are traveling with to provide you with the following amenities at the least to ensure your wellbeing while in Bhutan.
- A minimum of 3-star rated hotel or resort of your choice
- An experienced English speaking and licensed tour guide
- All meals
- All internal Transportation (excluding internal flights)
- Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
- The Government also has discounts in place to encourage longer stays so travelers can see more of the country.
For children below the age of 5 years, their aren’t any charges except for the USD 40 Visa fees.
- Children between the ages of 5-12 years are given a 50% discount on minimum daily package rates.
- 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 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
Please Note: Children below 5 years will not be eligible for GROUP SIZE DISCOUNTS, DURATION DISCOUNTS and SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FEE FREE ZONE DISCOUNT and All Children and Students will not be eligible for DURATION DISCOUNTS