- Bhutan Opening to Tourists
Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) is happy to inform that TCB will accept applications for inbound tourists, who are agreeable to stay in the facility quarantine for 21 days with the following conditions-
- Interested inbound tourist to apply through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator.
- Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) per person per night will be levied for the 21 days quarantine period.
- Bear charges for 21 days facility quarantine (room & food).
- Entry will be facilitated only for those coming via air.
- Minimum Daily Package Rate (MDPR) will be applicable for the entire tour duration after the mandatory quarantine.
- Bear the cost for all tests as per the COVID-19 requirement.
- Strictly follow COVID-19 protocol and TCB guidelines.
- Need to have insurance coverage.
- Produce a COVID-19 negative certificate issued by a laboratory certified to carry out RT-PCR test, not earlier than 72 hours before embarking or the initiation of a journey from the country of origin.
In addition, it is encouraged to have both the doses of COVID-19 vaccine and also to check for other travel requirements if transiting through another country.
- What is current situation in Bhutan amid COVID-19 pandemic ?
Bhutan had total 2597 Confirmed cases, 2593 RECOVERED with just three death and 1 Active case. So far we have achieved vaccinating 95.6% of the eligible population. Due to Bhutan’s focus on safety and virus eradication, the reopening of tourism is unlikely before Autumn 2021. His Majesty the King is in the front line of the fight.
- Where is Bhutan?
Bhutan is a small landlocked nation located in the eastern Himalayas between India in South East and China in North. Its landscape ranges from subtropical plains and forests in the South to sub-alpine forests and snowy mountains in the North.
Bhutan is a predominantly Buddhist country and is known as the last stronghold of Mahayana Buddhism.
- How do I get to Bhutan?
There are number of airports where you can fly into Bhutan (Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore and Mumbai). At present two carriers operate to Bhutan, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. Also, there are three land border crossings which you can travel into the kingdom overland. All crossings are along the Indian border only – Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar.
- Do I need a visa to enter Bhutan?
Yes, all International tourists wishing to enter Bhutan require a visa which must be pre-arranged through a license Bhutanese Tour Operator or one of their international partners.
Visa clearance must be obtained before your travel.
For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives can obtain a visa on Arrival.
- Do I need to use a tour operator to book my travel?
It is a government regulation that you must use a license Bhutanese Tour Operator to book your travel to Bhutan or one of their international partners.
- How can I book & buy the Tickets?
Journey to Discover Bhutan is an authorized Agent to purchase tickets on behalf of our guests, we are happy to assist in the purchase of Flight tickets as a service, a copy of E-ticket will be sent via email on receipt of payment.
- How much will my package cost?
The Government fixes the tourist tariff in Bhutan.
Cultural/Trekking – US$ 250/- per day per person
Cultural/ Trekking – US$ 200/- per day per person
Single Individual: US$ 40/- Per night per person.
Group of two: US$ 30/- Per night per person.
Peak season months: March, April, and May, September, October & November. Off season Months: June, July, and August, December, January & February.
- What does the $200/$250 per day minimum daily package include?
The $200 per day (low season) and $250 per day (high season) package includes
– Best Accommodation in 3 Star
– All the meals Local Std Hotels & Restaurants
– Land Transport within Bhutan
– Services of English Speaking Guide
– Bhutan Visa
– Government TAXES & Royalty ( USD 65 per day which goes towards free education, free healthcare and poverty alleviation)
– Tea & Snacks
– All the inland travel permits & Entrance fee to the museum & Monument
– Mineral water during the journey
- How much does the visa Fee Cost?
International tourist visas fee is USD $40 (Onetime). This can be paid in advance along with your tour cost to your tour operator or travel agent.
For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives there is no cost incurred.
- When will I get my Trip Confirmation ?
Within 24 hours of your booking, unless it is Saturday or Sunday or a government holiday in Bhutan, as we are closed on those days.
- What’s the food like in Bhutan?
The most distinctive characteristic of Bhutanese cuisine is its spiciness. Chillis are an essential part of nearly every dish and are considered so important that most Bhutanese people would not enjoy a meal that was not spicy.
Rice forms the main body of most Bhutanese meals. It is accompanied by one or two side dishes consisting of meat or vegetables. Pork, beef and chicken are the meats that are eaten most often. A wide selection of western and Indian food is also available in many of the restaurants around the country.
- Is there a limit on the number of tourists that can enter Bhutan each year?
There is no limit on the number of tourists admitted into the country each year. In order to protect our culture, traditions and natural environment the government has adopted a strict policy of “High Value, Low Impact Tourism”. This policy is aimed at attracting discerning tourists that will respect the unique culture and values of the Bhutanese people while also providing the visitors with an unforgettable one of a kind experience.
- What currency is used in Bhutan?
Bhutanese currency is known as the Ngultrum. Its value is tied to the Indian Rupee which is also accepted as legal tender. However Indian notes in 500 and 1000 denominations are not acceptable.
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