Except for passport holders of India, Bangladesh and Maldives, all tourists traveling to Bhutan require a visa. All tourists must get their visa through a licensed tour operator in Bhutan, such as Norbuling Adventures.
Obtaining visa clearance through your tour operator is, therefore, mandatory prior to the travel. Tourists from India, Bangladesh and Maldives may obtain a visa on entry for free of cost. A fee of USD 40 is levied for international tourist visa, which can be paid in advance to you tour operator or travel agent.
The official daily tariff to Bhutan is USD 250 per day a person during high season (March, April, May, September, October and November) and USD 200 per person a day during low season (January, February, June, July, August and December).
The daily tariff package includes accommodation in a minimum of three-star hotels (four and five-star hotels require extra premium), three meals a day, a licensed tour guide and a luxurious vehicle for the entire stay in Bhutan.
Also included in the travel cost is the sustainable tourism royalty of USD 65 per day that goes towards free education, free health care and poverty alleviation in the country. All of these services will be set by your tour operator.
Individual tourists and smaller groups of less than three persons, meanwhile, shall be subject to surcharges of USD 40 per night for single individual and USD 30 per person per night for two tourists, in addition to the minimum daily package rates.
Tour programs booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subjected to the following cancellation charges:
-Within 30 days of the start of program = 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%
Cutoms & Duty Free
Articles exempted from duty comprise the following:
(i) Personal effects and articles for day-to-day use by visitor
(b) 1 liter of alcohol (spirits or wine)
(c) 200 Cigarettes, on payment of import duty of 200%
(d) Instruments, apparatus or appliances for professional use
(e) Photographic equipment, video cameras and other electronic goods for personal use
A tourist must complete the passenger declaration form at the port of entry. Visitors are also advised to be cautious in purchasing old and used items, especially of religious or cultural significance, since such items may not be exported without a clearance certificate.
If importing any items to Bhutan which are for sale or gift, they may be liable for customs duty. Visitors are required to fill out a departure form on departure, which will be asked for by customs authorities.
Goods whose import/export are strictly prohibited include:
(a) Arms, ammunitions and explosives
(b) All narcotics and drugs, except medically prescribed drugs
(c) Wildlife products, especially those of endangered species
Imports of plants, soils etc. are subject to quarantine regulations and these items must be cleared on arrival.