1. Do I need a visa to enter Bhutan?
With the exception of visitors from India, Maldives and Bangladesh all other visitors to Bhutan need a visa. 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 through a tour operator prior to travel.
2. How much does the visa cost?
For International tourist visas, a cost of USD $40 applies. This can be paid in advance to you tour operator or travel agent.
3. 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.
4. How do I get to Bhutan?
At present only Drukair and Bhutan Airlines operate to Bhutan.There are a number of airports where you can fly into Bhutan:
- Thailand : Bangkok - Paro(Bhutan) - Bangkok (via Kolkatta) : Daily Flights
- Nepal : Kathmandu - Paro - Kathmandu : Daily Flights
- India : Delhi - Paro - Delhi : Daily Flights
- Singapore : Singapore - Paro - Singapore (via Kolkatta) : 03 Flights per week
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. All travel arrangements to Bhutan must be made through a local tour operator.
5. What does the $200/$250 per day minimum daily package include?
The $200 per day (regular season) and $250 per day (high season) package includes a minimum of 3 star accommodations, costs for food, all tickets for attractions, an experienced guide and transportation (with driver) within the country. Also included in the price is a $65 per day Sustainable Development Fee that goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation and sustainability fund to preserve the natur. All of these services will be arranged by your tour operator.
6. What currency is used in Bhutan?
Bhutanese currency is known as Ngultrum(Nu). Its value is equal to the Indian Rupee which is also accepted as legal tender. However Indian notes in 500 and 1000 denominations are not acceptable.
7. 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.
8. 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.