Bhutan Travel Information

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Bhutan-Travel-InformationBooking the Tour:

All Foreign National Tourists visiting Bhutan must travel through all-inclusive package Tours, for which there is a fixed tariff set by the Royal Government of Bhutan. This Tariff includes the services of accommodation in Minimum 3 star Hotels, Meals, Transportation within the country, Guides services, sightseeing and entrance fees for the museums and monuments.

  • All Tours must be booked through a Local Tour Operator/ Travel Agent such as Yak Holidays International and entire Land arrangements will be made by the same Agent.
  • For Clients traveling in peak seasons and Festival time, it is necessary to book the Tour at least 2 ½ months in advance. Festivals held in autumn and spring are peak time for tourists and without early reservation it can be difficult to confirm flights and hotels.

Bhutan Visa:

  • Visa is required for traveling to Bhutan and it is processed in Thimphu through a local tour operator such as Yak Holidays International. No foreign mission/embassies abroad grants tourist visa.
  • All passport details should be forwarded to the agent at least 1 month prior to date of travel for visa processing.
  • Actual visa is stamped only on arrival in Bhutan with the support of visa clearance, which will be sent to you in advance.
  • For all Travelers, entering Bhutan via Druk Air, Visa clearance number is forwarded to the concerned overseas Druk Air Stations and without this clearance number the passengers are not allowed to board the flight.
  • For Traveler entering the country by surface through Phuentsholing (The border town in the southern Bhutan), Visa Clearance number is forwarded to the Local authority and the actual visa is stamped on arrival.
  • Visa fee is USD 40 per person payable on arrival in addition to the package cost.

Passport:

A valid passport is required for all nationalities except Indians.

Daily-Tourist-TariffDaily Tourist Tariff:

The minimum tariffs for tourist visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows:

High Season Tariff:

US$ 250 per person per night halt (March, April, May, September, October and November).

Low Season Tariff:

US$ 200 per person per night halt (January, February, June, July, August and December).

The minimum daily package rates shall be inclusive of the following:

  1. Royalty (US $ 65 per person per night).
  2. Charges for accommodation (Minimum 3 star Government approved Hotels).
  3. Food and Beverages as per the ‘Minimum Meal Entitlements’
  4. Service of Guides.
  5. Bottled water during the entire trip.
  6. Transport within Bhutan including airport transfers.
  7. Entrance fees for museums and monuments.
  8. Riding ponies and pack animals on treks

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 the Department of Tourism.

Surcharges:

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 10% agency commission payable to representatives of foreign travel agents on business study or promotional visit duly approved and cleared by Tourism Council of Bhutan..

Discounts:

  1. DIPLOMATS from foreign embassies/missions accredited to Bhutan shall be given a 25% discount on the daily rates.
  2. 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.
  3. Full time students below the age of 25 years holding valid identity cards from their academic institution shall also be given a 25% discount on daily rates.
  4. 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.
  5. A discount of 10% on the daily rates shall be provided for halts between 11 to 20 nights and 20% discount on halts beyond 21 nights.
  6. 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 programmers, festivals, places of interest, hotels etc can be obtained from the tour operator.

Cancellations:

Tour Programmes booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:

  • Within 30 days of start of programme – no charge
  • Within 21 days – 10% of rate
  • Within 14 days – 15% of rate
  • Within 7 days – 50% of rate
  • Less than 7days or without notice – 100% of rate.

Tour Payment:

All Tour payment must be settled one month in advance of commencement of Tour to clear the Visa and other necessary documents. The Tour booking will be confirmed only after we receive 100% of the Tour payment. Please deposit/Transfer the Tour payment to the following Bank:-

In order to transfer money to Bhutan National Bank, Thimphu from any place outside Bhutan and India. Please request your Bank to remit money through Bhutan National Bank Ltd., Correspondent Bank as follows:

  1. Bank Address   : Standard Chartered Bank Ltd.

(Correspondent Bank): One Madison Avenue, New York,

NY 10010-3603

SWIFT Code: SCBLUS33

CHIPS ABA: 0256

FED ABA: 026002561

  1. Beneficiary Bank Account: 358-202-171-9001 (USD A/C)
  2. Beneficiary Bank Bhutan National Bank, P.O Box 439,

GPO Building, Chang Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan

SWIFT Code: BNBTBTBT

  1. Beneficiary / Ultimate Beneficiary: Account No: 65570019 of Yak Holidays Int’l maintained with BNB, Thimphu, Bhutan.

Note: A copy of Bank Transfer Receipt should be faxed to us.

Delayed Arrival/Departure:

There is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or roadblocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other service required.

Financial Security:

A member of Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators, Bhutan Yak Adventure Travel operates under the license issued by the department of Tourism, Royal Government of Bhutan. The Department of Tourism’s role is to regulate the Tourism industry, in particular to frame policy directives, which will ensure the Industry’s healthy growth. As a rule, all monetary transactions are approved by the Department release only after the Tour is completed and the standards are met. As such, there is no risk involved while booking your Tours.

Tour Escorts:

All our Tours are escorted by well trained, knowledgeable guides, certified by the Department of Tourism. All the guides speak English but Japanese, French and German speaking guides can be provided with prior information and on additional cost.