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Bhutan Visa Formalities

BHUTAN VISA FORMALITIES

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

Visas are only issued to tourists who have booked Bhutan tour with Pinda Bhutan Travels. Pinda Bhutan Travels applies visa application on behalf of all visitors.

Tourism Council of Bhutan based in Thimphu, issues visa. Visas usually require minimum of 2 weeks to get approved. In urgent cases, we can issue the visa even within 48 hours of working day.

The full tour cost must be paid in US dollars prior to arrival in Bhutan before applying for the visa.

In order to process the visa, we require a clear readable color copy of passport (page containing passport number and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) at least 20 days prior to date of entry into Bhutan. Remaining validity of passport should be at least 6 months from the date of exit from Bhutan.

Bhutan visa application procedure:

  • Book a Bhutan tour package from our selection of handpicked custom designed trips.
  • Receive a detailed payment instruction for you tour cost via email.
  • Ensure that you have a passport has at least six months validity from the date of exit from Bhutan.
  • Provide the information required as listed below
  • Full name as per passport
  • Contact No. (mobile preferred)
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 halt (March, April, May, September, October & November)

Low Season Tariff: USD 200 per person per night halt (January, February, June, July, August & December)

The minimum price includes:

  • All internal Taxes and charges (including the royalty)
  • Accommodation
  • All Meals
  • All travel with a licensed Bhutanese Tour Guide
  • All internal Transport
  • Camping Equipment and Haulage for Trekking
  • The Rates given above are applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan. (Valid from 2012)
TARIFF EXCEPTION

With effect from 01/07/2009, the 25% discount on Diplomatic visas has been revoked.

There shall be no charge for CHILDREN up to the age of 5 years. However, those between the ages of 6 - 12 years accompanied by elders/ guardians shall be given 50% discount on daily rates.

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 daily rates

SURCHARGES:

Individual tourist and smaller groups of less than three persons shall be subject to surcharge, over and above the minimum daily rates applicable, as follows:

Single Individual: USD 40 per night

Group of 3 persons: USD 30 per person per night per person.

The surcharge will not be applicable to representatives of foreign travel agents on business study or promotional visit duly approved and cleared by TCB.

BHUTAN TOURISM POLICY

Tourism in Bhutan has been strictly limited so that tradition and culture is preserved and nurtured. The tourism industry in Bhutan is founded on the principle of sustainability, meaning that tourism must be environmentally and ecologically friendly, socially and culturally acceptable, and also economically viable. For these reasons, tourism is carefully monitored by its pricing and the number of tourists visiting Bhutan is kept to an environmentally manageable level.

All tourists are required to make their travel arrangements for both tours & trekking through a local tour operator on a pre-planned, pre-paid basis. The tour operator is responsible for visa clearance, flight confirmation and for all land arrangements during your stay in Bhutan including permits and special permits.