Bhutan is a one-of-a-kind location with one-of-a-kind regulations. Before visiting Bhutan, the majority of visitors will need to acquire a visa. The Tourism Council of Bhutan will issue visas upon receipt of full payment for your holiday, with set rates starting at US $ 200 per person per day. The money will stay with the Tourism Council until the end of your vacation to the nation, which will be before the end of the local tour. Bhutan no longer has any restrictions on the amount of visitors that may visit and maintains an open door policy.
All visitors from countries other than India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives must acquire a visa before leaving. All visitors must arrange their trip via a licensed tour operator in the area (or international partner). Visas are obtained online through local tour companies, and you will not be required to visit a Bhutanese embassy or consulate. Before a tourist visa may be granted, you must pay for your trip in full by bank transfer to the Tourism Council of Bhutan . Once the entire money has been received, the visa will be approved in less than 72 hours. Your entrance visa is stamped in your passport for $ 20 once you pay the US, and two passport pictures are needed. Visa extensions cost Nu.510 (1 ngultrum = 1 Indian Rupee) and may be bought at your local travel agency. For extra days, the tourist is liable to the daily charge. Only inhabitants of India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives are granted visas on arrival. With a valid passport, Indian nationals may remain in Bhutan forever.
Because traveling to Bhutan almost usually requires at least one flight change in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Singapore, or Thailand, you must ensure that you satisfy the visa requirements in each of these countries before departing. Many nations are eligible for visa on arrival or visa exemption in Nepal and Thailand. Visa procedures in India must usually be met before to arrival, which may take up to two weeks.
Visa on entry
Visas are only granted at the border to nationals of India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives. A valid picture and passport (or an electoral card for Indian residents only) are needed (along with a photocopy of both). Fill in the “Tourism” purpose on the paper. For Paro and Thimphu, you will only be given 7 days at land border crossings. Contact Thimphu at the Immigration office on Norzin Lam’s northern end for a period extension. To travel to other districts, you must apply for transit permits at the same location. They are best used in the morning, and the paperwork is delivered in the afternoon. If you are a defense officer without a passport or a student without one of the three identity papers listed above, you may request an identification document from the Indian embassy later, but this will take time.
The daily tariff for all visitors entering Bhutan is set by the Bhutan’s tourist board. Unless you are a citizen of India, Bangladesh, or the Maldives, you cannot visit Bhutan as a tourist without paying this fee.
The daily tariff covers:
- A minimum of 3 star accommodation – Luxury hotels may incur an additional fee
- All meals – Breakfast, lunch, dinner
- A licensed Bhutanese Tour Guide for the extent of the stay
- All internal transport – excluding any internal flights
- Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
- All internal taxes and charges
- A royalty of $65 (which is included in the tariff price)
The minimum tariff is (for a group of 3 persons or more):
- USD $250 per person per night for the months of March, April, May, September, October and November.
- USD $200 per person per night for the months of January, February, June, July, August and December.
The prices are based on a visitor staying in Bhutan for one night. A surcharge will be applied to groups of two or fewer, in addition to the relevant minimum daily rates, as follows:
- Individual, US $40 per night
- 2 persons, US $30 per person per night.
Children under the age of five are admitted free of charge. Children between the ages of 6 and 12 who are accompanied by their parents or guardians get a 50% reduction on daily dues and a 100% discount on Royalty. Students under the age of 25 who have a valid ID card from their academic institution get a 25% discount on daily prices. A individual who is part of a group of 11 to 15 persons receives a 50% discount on daily prices. One member of a group of more than 16 individuals receives a 100 percent discount. After the eighth night, a 50% discount on Royalty is given, and after the fourteenth night, a 100% discount is given.
Tariff undercutting is prohibited, and any tour operators who are discovered to be undercutting will be suspended.
Only a Bhutanese citizen should be asked to visit the nation, and evidence of the connection should be provided on the application or via NGOs.
Citizens of India, Bangladesh, and Malta are excluded from the minimum tariff requirements. They will also refuse to pay tourist fees, as well as certain taxes that are included in the daily cost.