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Visa and Tariff


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Visa:All visitors to Bhutan require a visa.

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

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 operator like Bhutan Little Buddha, 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.

If further extension is required, it has to be obtained from Thimphu at a cost of Ngultrum 510 per person

You must have passport with validity of at least six months and it can be renewed.

Tariff:

The Government of Bhutan fixes the tourist tariff  rates.

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.

As per the guidelines from the Tourism council of Bhutan any individual tourist or smaller group of two shall be subject to surcharge, over and above daily tariff per person.

Surcharge rates are:

Single individual:   USD 40 per night 2 persons              :   USD 30 per person 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 cleared by TCB.

The minimum daily tariff covers the following services:

i) 3 star accommodation (4 & 5 star accommodation may require an additional charge)

ii) Three meals and afternoon tea with snacks

iii) A licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay

iv) All internal transport (excluding internal flights)

v) Museums and heritage site passes

vi) Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours

Also included are:


i) All internal taxes and charges

ii) A sustainable tourism Royalty of $65 charged by the Royal Government.

N.B. Airfares, airport taxes, visa fees, excess baggage, insurance, emergency evacuation, medical and personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls, beverages,tips etc. are not included in the daily tariff.

Discounts

a) w.e.f 01/07/2007, the government has revoked the 25% discount on Diplomatic visas.

b) 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 and 100% discount on Royalty

c) 50% discount for one person with 11 persons paying

d) 100% discount for one person with 16 persons paying

e) 25% discount for students below 25 years of age with proper ID.

Cancellation Charges

Tour Packages booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:

Payment

Government regulations require that the tour payment be deposited before the visa can be processed. After depositing the funds, please advise us of the details and E-mail the receipt to us for verification.