Visa And Tour Tariff

Visa/Entry Permit

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

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

All other tourists must obtain a visa clearance prior the 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.  

We also do make arrangements for Air tickets for the same trip on your request.

Online Regional Permit System

In order to streamline and facilitate smooth visitation by tourists from Bangladesh, India and Maldives, the Department of Immigration, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs and the Tourism Council of Bhutan have launched the Online Permit System. The system facilitates the online processing of permits for regional tourists through registered Bhutanese tour operators and TCB certified hotels. The facility is offered as an optional channel to process permits for visitors from the region and is applicable for entry from Paro and Phuntsholing. Visitors who use this facility will be able to obtain their permit clearances and route permits ahead of their arrival in Bhutan similar to international tourists. 

Tour Tariff

The tariff is fixed by Royal Government of Bhutan 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 – USD$ 250 per person per night for the months of March, April, May, September, October, and November.
  • Low Season Tariff – USD$200 per person per night for the months of January, February, June, July, August, and December.

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; 

      •  Single individual – US$ 40 per night  

      •  Group of 2 persons only – 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.

Tour package cost is inclusive of the following:

  • Royalty and taxes to the government
  • Entrance fees to various museum and temples
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis (3-star hotel & above )
  • Meals ( breakfast, lunch & dinner )
  • Licensed Bhutanese tour guide
  • Ground transport within Bhutan
  • All sightseeing as specified in the itinerary.
  • Camping equipment and gear for trekking
  • Ponies and pack animals on treks

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.

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.

Discounts

a) There shall be no charge other than the visa fee of USD 40 for children below the age of 5 years.

b) Children between the ages of 5-12 years shall be given a 50% discount on minimum daily package rate.

b)  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 minimum daily package rate.

c)  A discount of 50% on daily rates shall be given to one person in a group of 11 people and 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 16 people.

Note: All Children and Students will not be eligible for discount (c).

Cancellations

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

  • Within 45 days of the start of the tour, a program is free
  • Within 30 days – 15 % of the rate
  • Within 21 days- 20% of the rate
  • Within 7 days- 30% of the 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 roadblocks. 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.

Tour payment

The only mode of payment to Bhutan is by 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 account with the ultimate beneficiary in the name of Bhutan Glacier Tours. A tourist visa will not be issued until full payment is made prior to departure. This money will remain with the Tourism Council of Bhutan until your trip is complete. Only after you have completed your holiday will the money be transferred us with which you booked your travel through.

For more information visit Tourism Council of Bhutan(TCB)