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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 now 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.

Previously visitors to Bhutan were subject to an MDPR of 250 USD per person per night, out of which 65 USD went to the government as the SDF. With the new bill being passed, tourists visiting Bhutan will have to pay 200 USD per person per night and they will also have to pay separately for accommodation, meals, transport, and guides. This act is the latest tourism bill that has been passed after the Tourism Levy Bill of 2020, as per the Tourism Levy Act of Bhutan 2020. Get in touch with our travel specialist at to book a trip with Druk Asia.

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Featured Trips

7 Day Essential Bhutan Travel Plan

The point when you step out of Paro Airport, will be the start of the 7 Days Cultural Tour that gives you a complete idea of Bhutan.

12 Day Soi Yaksa Trek

Soi Yaksa Trek is yet another beautiful and adrenaline pumping trek in Bhutan, filled with beautiful scenery with some climbs.

7 Day Dochula Pass Festival

The Royal Bhutan Army hosts the Druk Wangyel Tshechu Festival to commemorate the victories of Bhutan's heroic Fourth King. Enjoy panoramic Himalayan views from the scenic Dochula Pass - one of Bhutan's most stunning natural treasures.

7 Day Essential Bhutan Travel Plan

The point when you step out of Paro Airport, will be the start of the 7 Days Cultural Tour that gives you a complete idea of Bhutan.

7 Days 6 Nights Como itinerary – Himalayan Immersive


7 Days Bhutan Glamping Tour

‘Glamping’ is a form of glamorous camping that is gaining popularity amongst travellers and there is no better place to have a memorable glamping experience than in Bhutan! Glamping is one of the best ways to experience nature with some tinge of modern comfort. Tenzinling Luxury Villa Tents is the first of its kind in Bhutan set in exquisite pine forest - a natural paradise for travellers to immerse themselves in pristine nature and wake up to breathtaking landscapes.

9 Day DrukPath Trek

DrukPath Trek, a beautiful 6 day trek that starts at Ta Dzong, Paro and ends at the road above the Takin Sanctuary, Thimphu.

12 Day Soi Yaksa Trek

Soi Yaksa Trek is yet another beautiful and adrenaline pumping trek in Bhutan, filled with beautiful scenery with some climbs.

7 Day Magical Bhutan with Bum-Dra Trek

Enjoy a cultural tour and a popular short trek that offers breathtaking views and a view of Taktsang Monastery from the top and enjoy Bhutan's sunrise while you camp in the wilderness.

Bhutan Visa Requirements

  1. All Visitors will need a visa to enter Bhutan, except for visitors from India, who will require a permit.

  2. Nationals of Bangladesh and the Maldives shall be eligible for a visa on arrival at the port of entry.

  3. Visitors can process a visa or permit online from the website of the Department of Immigration. Visitors can also engage tourism service providers (such as Druk Asia) to process travel documents and plan a trip.

  4. A passport copy is required. The passport must be valid for six months from the intended date of departure from the Kingdom.

  5. Travel Insurance is valid for the duration of the trip.

  6. A recent passport-size photograph.

Children below the age of 5 years are exempted from the SDF. However, the visa application fee of USD 40 is still applicable. For Children between 5 years and below 12 years old, they are required to pay USD 100 per person per night as the SDF. *SDF does not include accommodation, meals, transport and guides.

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How and where do I apply for Visa?
Your Visa to Bhutan can be processed online from the website of the Department of Immigration. Or it can be processed by an authorized and registered travel agent such as us.

My Bhutan travel visa is issued on my old passport which was close to expiring. Will there be any problems when I reach the immigration in Bhutan?
If your Bhutan travel visa is issued on your old passport, you will have to bring along your old passport with you to Bhutan. The Department of Immigration will need to verify your details on your old passport too. A fine of up to 10,000 Nu will be imposed if traveller fail to present both the traveller's old and new passport. Alternatively, please inform your Bhutan travel agent to update your visa if there's still a week to go before your trip.

How much is the visa fee and how long does it take to issue?
The visa fee is USD 40 per person and it is non-refundable. While the process to issue the visa is usually quick, the visa can take up to five working days to process.

I can't find embassy of Bhutan in my country. How do I apply for the Visa?
Your Visa will be applied by your tour operator. You would not need to make an appointment with Bhutan embassy. Embassy of Bhutan does not provide tourist Visa services.

I travel frequently and I can't send my passport for Visa application. How can I get the Visa?
We don't need your physical passport to apply for tourist Visa. We simply need a color scanned copy of your passport to make the Visa application

When is the best time to travel to Bhutan?
You can travel to Bhutan all year round, but the best months are March to May and September to November. For more information please visit Best Time To Visit Bhutan

What is the Sustainable Development Fee (SDF)?
From the country’s reopening on September 23, visitors to Bhutan will make an active contribution to Bhutan's economic, social and cultural development. The Sustainable Development Fee enables investment in transformative programmes that preserve our cultural traditions, protect our heritage and environment, upgrade infrastructure, create opportunities for our young people, and build resilience. For more on the SDF, visiting Bhutan and our plans, visit

How much is the SDF and where do the funds go?
Guests from India are levied SDF of Nu. 1,200 or equivalent amount in INR per person per night, which will remain in effect for two years, following which time it may be reviewed and revised in keeping with the principle of the preferential rate after two years. Visitors from all other countries are levied SDF of USD 200 per person, per night. There will be a concessionary levy of 50% on the SDF for children between the ages of 6-12 years and exemptions of SDF for children aged 5 years and below. The SDF funds go to the national exchequer and are allocated to various projects that enhance facilities, services and infrastructure for nationals and guests who visit Bhutan, as well as funding free healthcare and education.

How can the SDF payment be made?
The SDF must be paid during the visa or permit application via wire transfer or using a credit card. The SDF must be paid in USD; however, Indians can also pay in INR. A guest who is eligible for a visa on arrival, should also pay the applicable SDF in USD at the port of entry.

Will day visitors be levied SDF?
The SDF will be waived for visitors to the Bhutanese towns bordering India, until the first designated point identified by the Government. The SDF will be levied on visitors spending the night within border towns.

COVID-19 Protocols

Is there a vaccination requirement to visit Bhutan?
As of now, all travellers to Bhutan aged 12 years and over should be vaccinated. Children aged under 12 years are not required to be vaccinated to enter Bhutan. The COVID-19 vaccines should be approved for use by Bhutan Drug Regulatory Authority as per the published list on the website (

Is the Johnson and Johnson vaccination accepted?
Yes, a single dose of Johnson and Johnson is accepted in Bhutan.

Can unvaccinated guests enter Bhutan? If so, what is the procedure?
Yes, unvaccinated guests can enter Bhutan however they will be required to complete five nights quarantine at the guests’ expense. The SDF will be waived during the quarantine period.

If someone gets COVID-19 while travelling in Bhutan, what happens?
If a guest tests positive for COVID-19 during their stay in Bhutan, they will be required to quarantine in their hotel until they test negative. The cost for the additional quarantine nights and PCR tests will be borne by the guest. The SDF will be waived during the quarantine period.

Will there be any COVID-19 protocols for leaving Bhutan?
There will be no COVID-19 protocols to leave Bhutan, unless they will be required by the country the guest is travelling to.

Reference Further Readings

Embassies, Consulates and Missions

Bhutan embassies and consulates do not process tourists visa for visitors. Tourists visas are processed by travel agents on behalf of them in Thimphu, Bhutan.

Royal Bhutanese Embassy,
375/1 Soi Ratchadanivej, Pracha – Uthit Road,
Samsen nod, Huay Kwang,
Bangkok 10320.
Phone : 66-2-2744740 / 41 / 42
Fax : 66-2-2744743
Royal Bhutanese Embassy,
Avenue Jules César 70
1150 Bruxelles
Phone : 00 32 2 761 95 70
Fax : 00 32 2 761 95 77
Royal Bhutanese Embassy,
House No. 12, Road No. 107,
Dhaka 1212.
Phone : 880-2-8826863 / 8827160
Fax : 880-2-8823939
Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the UN,
17-19 Chemin du Champ d’Anier, 1209
Phone : 41-22-7990890
Fax : 41-22-7990899
Royal Bhutanese Embassy in Kuwait
P.O.Box 1510, Safat 13016
South Surra, Al Salaam, Block 3, Street 308, House 3
Telephone : (+965) 25213601/25213602
Fax : (+965) 25213603
Email :
New Delhi
Royal Bhutanese Embassy,
Chandragupta Marg,
New Delhi 110021.
Phone : 91-11-26889230 / 9809 / 9807
Fax : 91-11-26876710 / 24674664 / 24102231
New York
Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the UN,
763 United Nations (1st Avenue),
New York, N.Y. 10017.
Phone : 212-6822268 / 6822312 / 6822371 / 6822752
Fax : 212-6610551
Royal Bhutan Consulate,
Bhutan House,No 6/1,
Mall Road, Dum Dum,
West Bengal – 700 080,
Phone : +91 33 2559 3676
Fax : +91 33 2560 0755