Do I need to use a tour operator to book my trip to Bhutan?
It is a government regulation that you must use a licensed Bhutan tour operator to book your trip to Bhutan or one of its international partners.
Do I need a visa to get to Bhutan?
All international tourists wishing to enter Bhutan require a visa to be pre-arranged by a Bhutanese Tour Operator license or one of their international partners. Visa clearance must be obtained from your tour operator prior to travel. For holders of Indian passports (or VIC), Bangladeshi nationals and Maldives may obtain a visa at the time of entry.
How much does it cost for a visa?
For international tourist visas, a cost of USD 40 applies. You can pay this in advance to your tour operator or travel agent. No costs are incurred for holders of Indian passports (or VICs), Bangladeshi nationals, and the Maldives.
How am I supposed to get to Bhutan?
There are a number of airports from which you can fly to Bhutan (Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore, and Mumbai.). Two carriers are currently operating in Bhutan, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. Also, there are three land border crossings that you can cross overland to the kingdom. All crossings are only along the Indian border-Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar. All travel arrangements to Bhutan shall be made through a local tour operator. A list of tour companies operating in Bhutan can be found on this website. Your chosen tour operator will make all the necessary arrangements.
What does the minimum daily package of $200/$250 per day include?
The $200 per day (January, February, June, July, August) and $250 per day (March, April, May, September, October, November) package includes a minimum of 3-star accommodations, food costs, an experienced guide, and transportation within the country. The price also includes a $65 per day Sustainable Development fee for free education, free healthcare, and poverty alleviation. All these services will be arranged by your tour operator.
What is the local currency in Bhutan?
The Ngultrum is the official currency of Bhutan. 100 USD equals approximately 7,249.00 Bhutanese Ngultrum. Its value is tied to the Indian Rupee which is widely accepted in the country.