Bhutan - Essential Information

Tourism in Bhutan

Bhutan follows a "High Value, Low Impact" tourism policy in order to preserve the country's natural and cultural uniqueness. As such, a Minimum Daily Package is required for all visitors to Bhutan: $200 per person per night during January, February, June, July, August, and December. $250 per person per night, during March, April, May, September, October, and November. Discounts available for children and students. This sum includes all accommodation, meals, transportation, camping and trekking equipment, as well as a certified guide for your entire stay. All visitors to Bhutan (besides Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian passport holders) must organise their trip through a certified tour operator, which handles all arrangements for visiting groups. More information under Passport/Visa.
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Citizens of India, Bangladesh and the Maldives do not need a visa to visit Bhutan. All other citizens will need a permit to enter the country, only obtainable through certified tour operators in Bhutan and their international partners. These take care of all visa arrangements and organize all of your trip’s details, including accommodation, transportation and providing a personal guide for your group. Upon entering the country, visitors receive either an Entry Permit (valid only for Thimphu and Paro) or a Restricted-Area Permit (valid for the whole country). Those wishing to visit Buddhist temples will also need a Temple Permit from the Ministry of Culture. All permits should be handled by your tour operator. Note that some unregistered tour operators have popped up, so be sure to visit the website below to make sure you choose a certified operator.
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