Sustainable Development Fee (SDF):
On 20th June 2022, the Royal Government of Bhutan revised the Tourism Bill, after getting it approved by the lower and upper house of the parliament.
The Sustainable Development Fee (or Royalty) is now increased from US$ 65 to US$ 200 per night per person. This means a travelers will pay US$200 per night as SDF/royalty and pay additional for the actual travel cost; such as government approved hotels, vehicle, guide fee and meals.
The old Minimum Daily Tariff of USD 250 (season) and USD200 (lean season) per person per night is no longer valid.
All travelers must obtain a visa clearance prior the travel to Bhutan. Visas are processed through an online system by a licensed Bhutanese tour operator, such as us, Breathe Bhutan Adventures and Holidays.
You are required to send the photo-page of your passport to your tour operator who will then apply for your visa. The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday (including a USD $40 visa fee) has been wire transferred and received in the TCB bank account. Once received, the visa clearance will be processed within 72 working hours.
At your point of entry you will be required to show your visa clearance letter, the visa will then be stamped into your passport.
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. It is highly recommended that you purchase travel insurance prior to travel.
Individual tour operators has their own cancellation policy.
Prior to your trip to Bhutan, you will be asked to wire the full payment for your holiday to the Tourism Council of Bhutan. You must wire the tour payment calculated by your tour operator as well as USD 40 (one time visa fee) to the Bhutan National Bank through one of their certified international partners with the Bhutanese tour operator specified as the ultimate beneficiary. Please email the bank wire receipt copy to the local Bhutanese tour operator.