Bhutan Travel and Visa Information
The minimum daily cost for staying in Bhutan is fixed by the Royal Government of Bhutan keeping the concept of “high value and low impact” tourism industry, this was the dream of our fourth King to maintain the quality of tourism in Bhutan. The fixed tariff is USD 200 for lean season and USD 250 for peak season. The Bhutan Travel season starts from March, April, May, September, October and November and lean season months are June, July, August, December, January and February. The fixed tariff also covers all your accommodation in good 3 Star Hotel, all transportation, all meals and guide services.
Peak season months have lots of local festivals and the weather are very favorable to explore the cities and valleys where as lean season are cold and monsoon rains are rampant and landslides and snow can be expected.
There are also group discount and single supplementary cost involved. The cost as follows:
Single individual traveller: US $ 40 per night halt
Group of 2 persons: US $ 30 per night halt.
Package cost includes following service as follow:
1: Best Accommodation (3* Hotels) on twin sharing basis
2: All the meals
3: Land transport within Bhutan
4: Services of an English Speaking guide
5: Supply of pack ponies, yak, trekking crews and porters for the trek
6: All necessary camping equipments for Treks (excluding sleeping bags & sleeping mat).
7. All entrance fees.
8: Bhutan Visa
9: 37% Government TAX
10: Tea & Snacks
Package cost does not include:
3: Privates call
4: Beverages or Drinks
5: Insurance for travel and other contingencies.
Single supplement charges of US $ 35 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.
HOW CAN I APPLY BHUTAN VISA?
There is no restriction for any nationality travelling to Bhutan as long as they fulfill the formalities. There is also no restriction of number of tourist visiting Bhutan as people understand it. As long as tourist can pay the daily tariff and book through licensed local tour operator of Bhutan, Bhutan Visa is guaranteed. For Bhutan visa, upfront payment is mandatory. Many people fear of transferring 100% advance payment but there is no need to be afraid of and you will never lose your money. The payment goes directly into government account and if you have any quries you can directly approach the Tourism Council of Bhutan for any clarification. No tourist will lose their money as long as the Royal Government of Bhutan and member of Tourism Council of Bhutan license the agent.
Upon receipt of the payment the tour payment has to be rectified by the TCB before they approve the Visa. The visa approval is done upon the receipt of 100% payment, which is deposited into TCB account, and that is the protocol to be followed by all tour operator of Bhutan. The Government will only release the payment after the tour gets over and upon the approval of TOUR INVOICE by the tour operator.
Is there any Visa Restriction for BHUTAN?
No there is no restriction of Visa. Some nationality like Indian, Maldives and Bangladeshi don’t need visa and their visa is upon arrival.
How long does it take to process the VISA?
For Bhutan Visa you need to have valid passport scanned in color and send it to the operator with filled Visa form. Tour payment is must and should reach the operator on time and if everything is in order the visa will just take 72 hours on working days. The approved visa letter will be emailed to you. The visa approved letter issued by immigration office should be produced while boarding the plane and upon arrival.
Does Visa get rejected?
No the visa don’t get rejected unless you have expired passport or have any legal issue with the government or you have not made the 100 percent upfront payment.
What is the Visa FEE?
The visa fee is just $40 per person and everyone including child has to pay and this is one time fees. You need to transfer the visa fees to the tour operator who is organizing your tour of BHUTAN.
Can I travel Bhutan without using Travel Agent?
No you can’t travel independently. The tour must be guided Tour and must use TCB certified guide with vehicle.
What is the best season to Travel Bhutan?
Bhutan is considered all year round destination but best months would be spring and autumn.
Which month is considered peak season in Bhutan and why?
The month March,April,May,September,October and November is considered peak in Bhutan because this time of the year has lots of local festival and weathers are very favorable.
Which month is considered lean and why?
Months like June,July,August,December,January and February is considered lean because June,July and august is monsoon time which brings lots of rain. The rain slams Bhutan by July mid and lasts till August.
Which nationality need Visa to Bhutan?
Other than Indian,Bangladesh and Maldives national all need to apply visa for Bhutan.
Can we apply our own VISA?
No you cannot apply your own visa. All tourist coming to Bhutan has to book the tour with licensed tour operator who will apply your visa.
How to Travel Bhutan?
All visitors to Bhutan require a visa other than Indian nationals. Visas are only issued to tourists booked with a local licensed tour operator. Visa has to be approved before arriving in Bhutan.When you are confirmed about your travel with the local travel agent or tour operator in Bhutan then visa will be processed. Visa clearance takes at least 3 working days to process. At your point of entry the visa will be stamped on your passport.
Indian to Bhutan: You can take flight from Delhi,Kolkata to Bhutan. We have daily flight to Bhutan from this destination.
Singapore to Bhutan: We have 3 times a week from singapore to Paro Bhutan.
USA to Bhutan: The best route to take to fly into Bhutan is either fly to India,Kathmandu or Bangkok. We have frequent flight from this destination to bhutan.
Europe to Bhutan: If you want hassle free trip to Bhutan than the best route would be to fly to Kathmandu or Bangkok where you get your visa on arrival. Than you can fly into Bhutan.
All tours must be booked through recognized Bhutanese Tour Operator such as Excursion to Himalayas and entire ground arrangements will be provided by us.
Dress Code: Tourist visiting monasteries and Dzongs should be in formal dress.
Knee length skirts for women
No shorts/half pants/track pants allowed
No hats and caps permitted inside the Dzong
For all cultural tours the booking must be completed at least 10 days in advance but for tours during festivals, 7 weeks advance information is required. Festivals held in autumn and spring are peak time for the tourists and without early reservations it can be difficult to confirm flights and hotels.
Overland Journey into Bhutan if you plan to Travel via Road.
Bhutan being the mountainous country entering into Bhutan is either by flight or by land. The roads are well connected and country is bordered with INDIA in the south and Tibet and China in the North. Though China is our next neighbor in the north but we do not have any diplomatic relation with them and therefore no road or Flights operates from Bhutan to China. If you have onward journey to China from Bhutan you have to fly to Kathmandu Nepal or Bangkok Thailand.
There are three entry points from India to Bhutan and if you are planning to drive overland to Bhutan you have to come via INDIA. The first entry point is from Phuntsholing bordered with west Bengal. If you are planning tour in North east INDIA (Sikkim, Darjeeling and Kalimpong) the best route to enter Bhutan is via Phuntsholing and this is the main route used by most of the tourist. The journey time from each of this place will take 4 to 5 hours depending upon the traffic.
Second Entry point is from Samdrupjongkhar in the east near Guwahati. This is quite far from main touristic center but if you plan to explore East West Bhutan journey you can plan and enter from the east and that is Samdrupjongkhar and our guide shall assist you with all visa formalities to enter from the east.
Third entry is from Gaylegphu the southern District but this entry point is hardly used by the tourist due to unavailability of airport nearby the city.
OVERLAND JOURNEY INTO BHUTAN
Overland Journey Tour Program from Phuntsholing:
Drukyul Travel (7N8D) Starts from $1575 per person.
Dragon Kingdom Tour (9N10D) Starts from $ 2100 per person.
Overland Journey Tour Program from Guwahati to Bhutan:
East- West Bhutan Journey (14N15D) Starts from $ 3150 per person.