Getting to Bhutan

Tour Booking Guide

Here are the simple five steps booking procedure for your reference:

  1. Select us or any Tour Operator that will be arranging your trip to Bhutan.
  2. Work out a tour itinerary with us. Based on the itinerary we will calculate the amount you must pay (Tour Payment) in advance.
  3. Now you need to wire the tour payment calculated by us as well as USD 40 (one time visa fee) to the Bhutan National Bank through one of your certified international partners with the Bhutanese tour operator specified as the ultimate beneficiary. Please email the bank wire receipt copy to us.
  4. We will complete your visa application but you must send them a clear, scanned copy of your passport. Visa will normally be processed within a maximum of one week’s time.
  5. We will email you a copy of the approval of your visa once your visa application has been approved.
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, camping equipment and haulage for trekking)

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:

USD 200 per person per night for the months of January, February, June, July, August and December.

USD 250 per person per night for the months of March, April, May, September, October and November.

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

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

The Royal Government of Bhutan sets minimum selling prices for packages fin Bhutan. These must be paid in US Dollars prior to arrival in Bhutan.

Surcharges

Tourists travelling in a group of 2 persons or less shall be subject to a surcharge, in addition to the minimum daily package rates.

These are as follows:

Single individual – USD 40 per night

Group of 2 persons only – USD 30 per night

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 clear by TCB.

Discounts
  1. There shall be no charge for children below the age of 5 years. However, those between the ages of 5-12 years accompanied by elders/guardians shall be given 50% discount on daily rates. this royalty is currently set at USD 65 per day.
  2. Full time students below the age of 25 years holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions, shall be given 20% discount.
  3. A discount of 30% 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 17 persons.
  4. A 50% discount on royalty shall be provided after 8th night and 100% discount on royalty shall be provided after the 14th night.
  5. Visitors availing discounts under section 1 and 2 shall not be eligible for discount under 4.
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 operators 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.

Pleas email the bank wire receipt copy to the local Bhutanese tour operator.

Visa

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

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

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 operators.

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 once the full payment of your holiday 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.