Welcome to Bhutan

The Land of the Thunder Dragon

Travel Information and FAQ

Visa Requirements

All visitors need a visa to visit Bhutan, except for visitors from India,  who will require a permit.

Visitors will require a passport copy, travel insurance valid for the duration of the trip and a passport size photograph.

Visa Fee

The visa fee is USD 40 per person and it is non-refundable. The visa can take up to five working days to process.

What is the Sustainable Development Fee

With the reopening of tourism on September 23, the Government has decided to implement a Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) which will be invested preserve our cultural traditions, heritage, environment and upgrade our tourist related infrastructure.

Sustainable Development Fee Rates

Visitors from all other countries will be levied SDF of USD 200 per person, per night.

Guests from India will be levied INR 1,200 per person per night.

The SDF must be paid during the visa or permit application via wire transfer or using a credit card. 

Planning a trip to Bhutan

Planning a trip to Bhutan is easy. You can contact us using the form below or by sending an email to info@breathtakingbhutan.com.

We will guide you through the entire process and arrange the entire package for you including a travel itinerary, hotel and transportation bookings, guide selection and air ticket bookings.

Getting to Bhutan

Visitors can travel to Bhutan by taking flights from Bangladesh (Dhaka), India (Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Bagdogra), Nepal (Kathmandu), Singapore (Changi) and Thailand (Bangkok).  

As of now, there are only two local airlines that fly into Bhutan – namely, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines.

All visitors can also enter via land from Phuentsholing. Indian guests can enter Bhutan via other land entry points (Gelephu, Samdrup Jongkhar and Samtse).

Covid-19 Requirements

Although COVID-19 vaccination is recommended to help stop the spread of the disease, there are now no COVID-19 vaccination requirements for adults or children to enter Bhutan from September 23, 2022.

However, all individuals (12 years and above) entering Bhutan may be subjected to random RT-PCR testing at the formal points of entry or at the worksite to maintain COVID-19 surveillance for new variants. No fee shall be charged for the RT-PCR testing for surveillance.

Moreover, if a guest tests positive for COVID-19 during their stay in Bhutan, they will be required to quarantine in their hotel until they test negative. The cost for the additional quarantine nights and PCR tests will be borne by the guest. The SDF will be waived during the quarantine period. 

Payment and Forex

The official currency of Bhutan is Ngultrum (Nu.) and only the local currency is accepted in the country.  

International credit cards are widely used in the urban areas in Bhutan. However, this service may not be available in other parts of the country. 

Visitors can also use the digital wallet app called goBoB that can be operated with a local sim card and is also widely accepted throughout the country.

Currency can be exchanged at the airport, banks, hotels and at the authorised money changers in the city areas. 

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