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How much does it cost to travel to Bhutan?

Bhutan’s tourism sector is regarded as one of the most exclusive travel destinations in the world. Bhutan enjoys a reputation for its authenticity, remoteness and a well-protected cultural heritage and natural environment. With its culture and pristine scenery, there’s no question that Bhutan has everything it needs to be a world-famous tourist hotspot.

The tourism industry in Bhutan is founded on the principle of sustainability. To Bhutan, tourism must be environmentally and ecologically friendly, socially and culturally acceptable and economically viable. The Royal Government has adopted a very cautious approach to growth and development of the tourism industry in Bhutan. Bhutan adheres to a strict “High Value, Low Impact” tourism policy to avoid the effects of mass tourism. The objective is to develop and promote Bhutan as an exclusive travel destination based on the Gross National Happiness (GNH) development philosophy and values.

The policy has allowed Bhutan to welcome tourists in a manner that contributes to socio-economic development without compromising its identity and natural environment. In return, the “High Value, Low Impact” tourism policy has helped to nurture and preserve Bhutan’s unique cultural heritage and natural assets. As part of the policy, the government has implemented a daily tariff for all tourists visiting the country.

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Latest Bhutan Sustainable Development Fee (SDF)
On the 24th of June 2022, the National assembly passed the Tourism Levy Bill of 2022. With this new act, the sustainable development fee (SDF) of 65 USD per night has been increased to 200 USD per night. Along with the increase in the SDF the minimum daily package rate (MDPR) has been removed as well.

On the 25th August 2023, The Royal Government of Bhutan announced additional incentives and policy measures to boost the tourism sector in Bhutan. This is in view of the important role of the tourism sector in generating employment; earning foreign exchange; realizing the potential for spillover benefits for ancillary industries; and in boosting overall economic growth.

With the new policy implementation, all tourists entering Bhutan are subjected to a Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) of USD 100 per night.

Children under 5 years old are exempt from the SDF, while those aged 5 to 12 years are required to pay USD 50 per night. It's important to note that the SDF does not cover accommodation, meals, transportation, or guide services.

Regional tourists from India are required to apply for a permit and pay 1200 INR/night.

Age SDF Permit (Indian Passports only)
0- 5 years old Gratis 1200 INR / night
5 – 12 years old $50 USD/night
Adult above 12 years old $100 USD / night

The Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) aims to maintain the country's cultural and environmental integrity, preserving its unique beauty for generations to come. By embracing this commitment to sustainability through the SDF fee, visitors actively contribute to the conservation of Bhutan's natural wonders.

The SDF rate shall remain effective till 31st August, 2027.

Overall Travel Cost to Bhutan
The total cost of travel to Bhutan largely depends on the following factors:
- The type of accommodation that you choose.
- The places that you visit in Bhutan.
- The no. of days you require a tour guide.
- The no. of days you require a driver.

Do provide your travel details (no. of pax and tentative travel dates) at and our friendly travel consultants will assist you with the costing.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance?
Yes, all travellers need to have mandatory travel insurance.

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