Travel Tariff

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Travel Tariff & Requirement:

Tourists can book a package holiday to Bhutan through both Bhutanese and International tour operators. 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 as follows:

• U$D 250.00 per person/night in the high season (March, April, May, September, October, and November), and

• U$D 200.00 per person/night in the low season (January, February, June, July, August, and December.)

The above mentioned selling prices apply to groups of 3 or more and they are only a minimum rate. If you stay in luxury hotels or do some extra-ordinary tours, additional fees apply. For independent travelers of groups of 3 or less surcharges apply, above the daily rate. For children and students discounts are available.

Surcharges:

Individual tourists 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 US$ 40 per night
Group of 2 persons US$ 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 price includes:
• All internal taxes and charges (including the royalty)
• Accommodation
• Meals (Breakfast, lunch & Dinner)
• All travel with a licensed Bhutanese Tour Guid
• All Internal Transport
• Camping Equipment and Haulage for Trekking Tours

Discount:

With effect 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 and 100% discount on Royalty.

c) 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.
d) A discount of 50% on daily rates shall be given to one person in a group of 11 to 15 people. 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.

e) 50%discount on Royalty shall be provided after the 8th night and 100% discount on Royalty shall be provided after the 14th night.

f) Visitors availing discounts under Sections A, B & C shall not be eligible for discount under E.

Visa Formalities

Other than Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals, all visitors to Bhutan require a visa; all visas are issued from Thimphu; visas are only issued to tourists booked with a local licensed tour operator, directly or 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$40. Visas are issued for a 15day period; extensions can be obtained in Thimphu at a cost of Nu.1000.

Cancellations

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

  • within 30 days of start of programme ~ 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.

Note: INR (Indian Rupees) denominations of 500 and 1000 are not accepted in Bhutan.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 March 2016 06:00

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