Travel in Bhutan
Bhutan in the Himalayas - traveling in the land of the thunder dragon
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Nothing works without a visa ...
The Bhutanese government has a very specific visa policy. In principle, entry is only possible as a tourist or as a guest of the government. Visitors must book their trip through one of Bhutan's registered travel companies. It is not allowed to travel in Bhutan on your own. The visas are issued exclusively by the Department of Immigration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Thimphu.
If you book a trip with us, we will take care of these formalities for you. All we need is a copy of your passport. It is best to email us the copy. As soon as your visa is issued, we will send it back to you by email. Print it out and don't forget to have the paper and passport to hand when you check-in at your departure airport. When you enter Bhutan, you will then have the actual visa stamped in your passport. If a visa extension is necessary, this can be applied for on site in Thimphu. The fee for the visa is $ 40.
You can find out more about this on the website of the Tourism Council of Bhutan.
Discover Bhutan without a guide?
Before deciding on a trip to Bhutan, you should know that it is not possible to travel to Bhutan on your own. The visa policy is restrictive. Every tourist needs a visa and this can only be obtained if the trip is booked through a registered Bhutanese travel company. During your trip you will be accompanied by a Bhutanese guide.
The costs are high, no question about it. However, this visa policy brings many advantages, not only for Bhutan, but above all for the tourists. You won't find mass tourism in Bhutan! Nature remains intact and the traditions that have always been lived are preserved. And that is exactly what foreign guests appreciate about Bhutan.
We mainly sell made-to-measure tours, so each tour is very individual.
Our prices include: Transport with private driver, English-speaking guide, overnight stays in 3-star hotels, main meals and the visa for Bhutan.
Not included are usually: travel to and from Paro, domestic flight, insurance, drinks, tips
Tariff per day
The following tariffs are fixed and are set by the authorities. Part of the amount is used by the government for further development such as road construction, electricity, health care, etc.
This tariff includes all basic services such as accommodation, food, transport, guide, chauffeur, trekking crew.
Group travelers (from 3 people)
The rate is $ 250 per day of stay in high season; $ 200 in the off-season.
The rate is $ 280 per day of stay in high season; $ 230 in the off-season.
The rate is $ 290 per day of stay in high season; $ 240 in the off-season.
High season: March, April, May, September, October and November.
Low season: January, February, June, July, August, December
... and something else...
It is very important that your name on the visa exactly matches the spelling in your passport. Our national airline Drukair checks this rule very carefully. If the name is different, you will not be allowed to board the plane. Please check your documents carefully before you leave.
Payment for the trip
When you book a trip with us, there are two ways to transfer the tour amount. Either you use the simpler option and pay the amount into our USD account with a Swiss financial institution and we will then transfer the amount to Bhutan or you transfer the amount directly to the account of the Bhutan National Bank in Thimphu. The bank charges are at your expense.
In Bhutan it is regulated in such a way that a visa can only be obtained if the minimum daily all-inclusive school required by the state is paid. We therefore have to pay the entire tour amount into a government account before applying for a visa. After that, the visa will be issued, provided that it is ensured that the minimum daily flat rate has not been undershot. As a travel agency, we only receive the money after the guest has completed their trip, after the tax and royalty tax have been deducted.
Up to 90 days before departure - US $ 100 processing fee per participant
From the 89th day to the 30th day before departure - 30% of the land arrangement in Bhutan
From the 29th day to the 15th day before the start of the trip - 50% of the land arrangement in Bhutan
From the 14th day until the start of the trip or after arrival in Bhutan - 100% of the land arrangement in Bhutan.
We recommend our guests to take out cancellation insurance.
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