All foreign nationals (except Indians, Bangladeshis and Maldivians) require a Bhutanese visa to travel to Bhutan. All Bhutanese visas are issued only by Department of Immigration, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan. Furthermore, Bhutan visa is issued only from head office of the Department of Immigration which is based in Thimphu- the capital city of Bhutan.

Visas are only issued to the tourists who have booked their trip to Bhutan with local licensed tour operators such as Bhutan All Seasons Tours & Treks, either directly or through foreign travel agents. Tourist visa applications should to be submitted by a local licensed Bhutanese tour company like ours or any other local Bhutanese tour companies and visas have to be obtained in advance for traveling to Bhutan.

 

We (Bhutan All Seasons Tours & Treks) offer you two options for your Bhutan tour payment:

1. Transfer only 20% of the Bhutan Tour Cost together with the whole Drukair fare ( if flying to Bhutan by Drukair) soon after you have confirmed your Bhutan travel schedules and then transfer the rest of the amount together with your visa processing fee of US$ 20/person 3 weeks before your actual Bhutan travel date

2. Transfer your entire Bhutan tour cost together with your visa processing fee and Drukair fare ( if flying by Drukair to Bhutan) at once as soon Bhutan Tourist visa processing is approved by Tourism Council of Bhutan only after we as you have confirmed your Bhutan tour schedules.

For high season travel (March, April, May,Sept, Oct & Nov), it is advisable to remit payment for Druk Air flights at least 3 months in advance. This will help us to obtain confirmed seats on the requested flights.

We will provide you full information on your Bhutan tour cost as per the duration,number of people travelling,etc.

Bank Wire Transfer Information

To transfer money to Bhutan National Bank, Thimphu from any place outside Bhutan and India, Please request your bank to remit money as follows:

Beneficiary Bank: BhutanNational Bank,P.O.Box 439,

Thimphu, Bhutan.

Swift Code BNBTBTBT

Beneficiary Name: Bhutan All Seasons Tours & Treks,Yangchenphu Thimphu, Bhutan.

Account No: 358-202-171-9001

Intermediary Bank: Standard Chartered Bank Ltd,One Madison Avenue, New York,NY 10010-3603

Swift Code: SCBLUS33

CHIPS ABA No: 0256

FED ABA 026002561

***Kindly fax or email a copy of remittance for us to trace the payments***

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) is an independent authority and highest decision-making body on all matters relating to tourism and its management in Bhutan. It regulates all tourism related activities in Bhutan. All the Bhutanese travel agencies & Bhutanese tour operators are registered with them, and they also fix the daily Bhutan tour prices and Bhutan Tourist Taxes or Bhutan Government Royalty. Daily Tour Rate during the High Season-March, April, May, September, October and November:

  • For a group of 3 persons or above, the minimum tour price US$ 250 per night per person
  • For a group of 2 persons, the minimum  tour cost is US$ 280 per night per person (daily tariff US $ 250 +surcharge US $ 30)
  • For a lone traveler, the tour rate is US $ 290 per night per person (daily tariff US $ 250 +surcharge US $ 40)

 

Daily Tour Prices during the Low season- January, February, June, July, August and December:

  • For a group of 3 persons or above, the tour cost is US$200 per night per person.
  • For a group of 2 persons, the tour price is US$230 per night per person which is inclusive of surcharge of US$ 30 per night per person.
  • For a single traveler, the tour rate is US$240 per night per person which is inclusive of surcharge of US$40 per night per person.

The above tour cost is inclusive of the following:

  • Bhutan Government Royalty of US$65 per night per person
  • Twin sharing hotel Rooms at 3 star hotels
  • All Meals at 3 star hotels
  • English speaking tour guides
  • Refreshments (tea,coffee and snacks)
  • All transfers and sightseeing/treks/tours within Bhutan
  • Riding ponies and pack animals on treks
  • Trekking equipment and haulage for trekking tours
  • All entrance fees to museums and monuments
  • All internal taxes and charges
  • Mineral drinking water

The rates given above are applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan. On the day of departure, the local Bhutan tour operators / Bhutan travel agents' obligation shall be limited to breakfast only.

The following is not included in the daily tourist tariff:

  • Visa fee US $40 each (must be paid in advance with tour cost).
  • Airfares (optional)
  • Travel insurance (recommended but not available in Bhutan)
  • Single Room supplements US$ 40 per room per night  (optional)
  • Other personal expenses, calls overseas, laundary, etc.

Discount on Tour Prices:

  • There shall be no charge for CHILDREN up to the age of 5 years. However, those between the age of 6 to 12 years accompanied by elders/guardians shall be given a 50% discount on daily rates.
  • Full time Students below the age of 25 years holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions shall also be given a 25% discount on daily rates
  • A discount of 50% on daily rates shall be given to one person in a group of 11 to 15 persons.
  • A 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.
  • A discount of US$32.5/person/night from 9th night and a discount of US$65/person/night from 15th night.

***Tashi Delek & Thank You***

Important Note: No  Bhutanese foreign missions or embassies  abroad grants Bhutanese tourist visa

How to Apply for Bhutanese Visas in Advance and How to Obtain it?

Bhutan visa clearance letter is approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan after concerned tourists have paid the full tour cost and visa fees to the Tourism Council of Bhutan through a local Bhutan tour operator / travel company like Access Bhutan Tours or any other Bhutanese local tour companies. A copy of visa clearance letter will be sent to the concerned tourists before their travel dates as it is important that tourists should have their visa clearance letter with them while boarding Drukair flights to Bhutan. Local Bhutan travel companies like Access Bhutan Tours ensures that a copy of visa clearance letter reaches the DrukAir office at the airports where the tourists board their flights to Bhutan.

 

The actual visa is stamped in your passport  at the point of entry either at Paro Airport (if travel to Bhutan by air) or  at Phuentsholing / Samdrupjongkhar/Gelephu (if traveling to Bhutan by road) based on your visa clearance letter. You will then receive a visa for the period of your Bhutan tour in Bhutan.

 

Bhutan Tourist Visa Extension

If you would like to extend your Bhutan visa to stay additional days in Bhutan, Access Bhutan Tours & Treks will process for your visa extension for you and the visa renewal fee is Nu.500 ( US$1 = Nu. 53 approximately as of 2013).

Information and Documents Required for Bhutan Visa Application

Access Bhutan Tours will obtain your Bhutanese tourist visa once your Bhutan trip is confirmed by making full Bhutan tour payment and Bhutan visa fee of US$40 to the Tourism Council of Bhutan through us. Additionally, the following details are required for processing your Bhutan tourist visa prior to the date of your Bhutan travel. Your Bhutan visa will be sent to you before the start of your Bhutan tour.

 

  • Your full name:
  • Occupation:
  • Nationality:
  • Passport No.:
  • Date of issue:
  • Date of expiry:
  • Place of Issue:
  • Date of birth:
  • Permanent address:
  • A scanned copy of your passport ( in jpeg format)

Important Note: Passport Validity should be more than 6 months at the time of start of your Bhutan tour.

Bhutan Tourist Visa Fee 

As per the Department of Immigration’s Rules and Regulation 2012, the Bhutanese Visa Fee has been revised from US$20 to US$40. With effect from January, 2013 th0e revised Bhutanese visa fee of US$40 is applicable.

 

If the above information is not adequate and if you need further Bhutan travel information, please kindly write to us ataccessbhutan@gmail.com or  accessbhutan@yahoo.com and we will respond to you within 24 hours.

 

***Tashi Delek & Thank you***