All foreign nationals (except Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals) require a Bhutanese visa to travel to Bhutan. All Bhutanese visas are issued only from Thimphu. Visas are only issued to tourists who have booked their trip to Bhutan with local licensed tour operators such as Zoid Jin Tours & Treks, either directly or through foreign travel agents. Tourist visa applications should to be submitted by a local licensed Bhutanese tour company like Zoid Jin Tours and visas have to be obtained in advance for traveling to Bhutan.
The minimum tariff for tourist visiting in a group of 3 persons or more is as follows:
High Season Tariff – USD$ 250 per person per night for the months of March, April, May, September, October, and November.
Low Season Tariff – USD$200 per person per night for the months of January, February, June, July, August, and December.
The minimum price includes:
- All internal taxes and charges (including the royalty)
- All Meals
- All travel with a licensed Bhutanese Tour Guide
- All Internal Transport
- Camping Equipment and Haulage for Trekking Tours
The rates given above are applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan. On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on actual basis.
The rates shall apply uniformly irrespective of locations and the type of accommodation provided/asked for. List of hotels and lodges approved for international tourist accommodation updated from time to time shall be issued by TCB.
Individual tourists and smaller groups of less than three persons shall be subject to surcharge, over and above the minimum daily rates applicable, as follows:
Single individual: US$ 40 per night
Group of 2 persons: US$ 30 per person per night
The surcharge will not be applicable to representatives of foreign travel agents on business study or promotional visit duly approved and cleared by TCB.
a) With effect from 01/07/2009, the government has revoked the 25% discount on Diplomatic visas.
b) There shall be no charge for CHILDREN up to the age of 5 years. However, those between the ages of 6-12 years accompanied by elders/ guardians shall be given 50% discount on daily rates and 100% discount on Royalty.
c) 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.
d) A discount of 50% on daily rates shall be given to one person in a group of 11 to 15 people. 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.
e) 50%discount on Royalty shall be provided after the 8th night and 100% discount on Royalty shall be provided after the 14th night.
f) Visitors availing discounts under Sections A, B & C shall not be eligible for discount under E.
Detailed information on Druk Air flights, tour and trekking programmes, festivals, places of interest, hotels etc can be obtained from the tour operators.
Tour Programmes booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:
- within 30 days of start of programme ~ 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%
There is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or road blocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required.
Some related questions and answers from our Guest who plans to visit Bhutan
Q: How do I process my visa?
Q: How do I get my visa?
A:E-copy of your visa will be sent by Zoid Jin Tours to your email, once it gets approved.
Q: Can the visa be little long then my actual duration, in case of emergency?
A:Not possible. In case if we you need to extend your stay in Bhutan, we will do it while you are in Bhutan.
Q: How long does it to process the visa?
A: About a week or two