Travel Tariff

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Tourists can book a package holiday to Bhutan through both international and local Bhutanese tour operators. Information is available through the travel agency you choose. The Royal Government of Bhutan sets minimum selling prices 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 – US$ 250 per person per night halt ( February, March, April, May, August, September, October, November and December).
Low Season Tariff – US$ 220 per person per night halt (January, June, July).

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 Tours

The rates given above are applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan. On the day of departure, the local agent’s hosting obligation shall be limited to breakfast only, and any extra requirements shall be payable on an actual basis.
The rates shall apply uniformly irrespective of locations and the type of accommodation provided/asked for. The list of hotels and lodges approved for international tourist accommodation is updated from time to time and shall be issued by TCB.

Surcharges
Individual tourists and smaller groups of less than three people shall be subject to a surcharge that is over and above the minimum daily rates applicable, and it is as follows:

Single individual US$ 40 per night halt
Group of 2 people US$ 30 per person per night halt

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) Effective from 01/07/2009, 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.
c) Full time STUDENTS under the age of 25 years holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions shall also be given a 25% discount on daily rates.
d) A discount of 50% on daily rates shall be given to one person traveling in a group of 11 to 15 people. 100% discount shall be given to one person traveling in a group exceeding 16 people.

Detailed information about Druk Air flights, tour and trekking programmes, festivals, places of interest, hotels, etc. can be obtained from the tour operator.

Visa Formalities
Other than Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian nationals, all visitors to Bhutan require a visa. All visas are issued from Thimphu; visas are only issued to tourists who booked directly with a local licensed tour operator or booked through a foreign travel agent. Applications for tourist visas are submitted by the tour operator. Visa clearance from Thimphu must be obtained before coming to Bhutan. Visa clearance takes at least 10 days to process. Air tickets to Bhutan cannot be purchased without visa clearance. At your point of entry, the visa will be stamped in your passport on payment of US$ 20; two passport photos will also be required. Visas are issued for a 15 day period. However, extensions can be obtained in Thimphu at a cost of Nu.510.

Cancellations
Tour programs booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges, which are as follows:

  • within 30 days of start of program ~ no charges
  • within 21 days ~ 10% of rate
  • within 14 days ~ 15% of rate
  • within 7 days ~ 30% of rate
  • less than 7 days or without notice ~ 50% of 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 road blocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required.