Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB)


VISITING BHUTAN INFORMATION FROM TOURISM COUNCIL OF BHUTAN:
It is not difficult to obtain a tourist visa for Bhutan; visa applications to Bhutan are usually processed within 2-3 working days. However, Bhutan is somewhat unique in that you must book travel through a local tour operator or international partner. The tour operator will take care of all the major arrangements including booking flights, all internal transport (private car, tour bus, etc.), accommodations, meal arrangements, and coordinating a licensed tour guide. In Bhutan there is also a minimum daily package for tourists, which includes all internal taxes and charges. Full payment of travel to and within Bhutan is required before a visa will be approved. Payment should be received approximately two weeks prior to departure and must be received via wire transfer to the Tourism Council of Bhutan.

VISA FORMALITIES:
Other than Indian 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. The tour operator submits applications for tourist visas. Visa clearance from Thimphu must be obtained before coming to Bhutan. Visa clearance takes at least 7 working 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.

Passport details required to process visa:

1. Name as it appears in passport & Gender
2. Permanent Address
3. Occupation/Profession
4. Nationality
5. Passport Number
6. Date of Issue & Expiration of passport
7. Date & place of birth

DAILY TARIFF:
The minimum tariff for tourist visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows:

Government Tariff – US$ 250 per person per night halt in the Kingdom

THE MINIMUM DAILY PACKAGE RATES SHALL BE INCLUSIVE OF THE FOLLOWING:
1. Accommodation on twin sharing basis (Bhutanese 3 Star)
2. All meals as per itinerary
3. All internal transport (Bus on group tours and smaller cars on individual tours)
4. A licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay
5. Entrance Fees and Permits
6. A Sustainable Tourism Royalty (US$ 65/Night)

THE MINIMUM DAILY PACKAGE RATE SHALL NOT INCLUDE:
1. Tourism Development Fund (US$ 10 per visit)
2. Visa Fee (US$ 40)
3. Bhutan Bank Fees
4. Airfare in and out of the country depending on sectors you choose
5. Alcoholic and bottled beverages
6. Personal expenses (phone calls & laundry etc.)
7. Surcharge of Luxury hotels like Amankora, Uma Paro, Zhiwaling Hotel & Taj Tashi
8. Any other special arrangements not included in the tariffThe rates given above are applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan. On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on actual basis. The rates shall apply uniformly irrespective of locations and the type of accommodation provided/asked for.

SURCHARGES:
Individual tourists and smaller groups of less than four persons shall be subject to surcharge, over and above the minimum daily rates applicable, as follows:
Single individual US$ 40 per night per person
Group of 2 persons US$ 30 per person per night per person

CANCELLATIONS:
Cancellation must be notified in writing, you can either email us or fax us your cancellation notice. Tour Programs booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:

1. Within 30 days: Free
2. Within 21 days: 15% of the cost
3. Within 14 days: 30% of the cost
4. Within 7 days: 50% of the cost
5. Less than 7 days or cancellation without notice: 75% of the cost
6. After arrival in Bhutan: 100% of the cost

DELAYED ARRIVALS/DEPARTURES:
There is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or roadblocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required.

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