Frequently Asked Questions

"Know more before you travel to Bhutan"

Where is Bhutan?

Bhutan is a small, landlocked nation located in the eastern Himalayas between India and China. Its landscape ranges from subtropical plains and forests in the South to subalpine forests and snowy mountains in the North. Bhutan is a predominantly Buddhist country and is known as the last stronghold of Mahayana Buddhism.

Do I need to use a tour operator to book my travel?

It is a government regulation that you must use a licensed Bhutanese tour operator to book your travel to Bhutan or one of their international partners.

Do I need a visa to enter Bhutan?

All International tourists wishing to enter Bhutan require a visa which must be pre-arranged through a license Bhutanese Tour Operator. Visa clearance must be obtained through your tour operator prior to travel. For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives may obtain a visa on entry.

How much does the Bhutan visa cost?

For International tourist visas, a cost of USD 40 is applicable. This can be paid in advance to your tour operator or travel agent. For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives, there is no cost incurred.

How do I get to Bhutan?

There are a number of airports where you can fly into Bhutan from (Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore and Mumbai.). At present two carriers operate to Bhutan, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. 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. A list of tour companies operating in Bhutan is available on this website. Your selected tour operator will make all the necessary arrangements.

What do the $200/$250 per day minimum daily package include?

The $200 per day (January, February, June, July, August) and $250 per day (March, April, May, September, October, November) package includes a minimum of 3 star accommodations, costs for food, an experienced guide and transportation within the country. Also included in the price is a $65 per day Sustainable Development Fee that goes towards free education, free healthcare and poverty alleviation. All of these services will be arranged by your tour operator.

What is Surcharges?

Tourists travelling in a group of two (2) persons or less shall be subject to a surcharge, in addition to the minimum daily package rates. These are as follows;

  • Single individual – US$ 40 per night
  • Group of 2 persons only – US$ 30 per person per night

The surcharge will not be applicable to representatives of foreign travel agents on business study or promotional visit duly approved and cleared by TCB.

What currency is used in Bhutan?

Bhutanese currency is known as the Ngultrum. Its value is tied to the Indian Rupee which is widely accepted in the country.

How to transfer money to Bhutan?

Prior to your trip to Bhutan, you will be asked to transfer the full payment for your holiday.
Beneficiary Name Bank: Bhutan National Bank
GPO Building,
Street name: Nordzin Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
Ultimate Beneficiary BOOK BHUTAN TOUR
Account No: 0100021220001.
Street: Gongphel Lam Changzamtok,
Ashi Building No: 20
Postal Code: 11001
Thimphu, Bhutan

What is the Tour Cancellations Polices in Bhutan?

Tour programs booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:

  • Up to 30 days prior to the date of travel: USD:150 administrative fee per person.
  • 29 to 21 days prior to the date of travel: 10% of the travel arrangement
  • 20 to 14 days prior to the date of travel: 25% of the travel arrangement
  • 13 to 7 days prior to the date of travel: 35% of the travel arrangement
  • Less than 7 days prior to the date of travel: 60%of the travel arrangement
  • After arrival in Bhutan or “no shows” at the airport: 100% of the travel arrangement

Is there a limit on the number of tourists that can enter Bhutan each year?

There is no limit on the number of tourists allowed to visit in a year. In order to protect our culture, traditions and natural environment, the government has adopted a unique policy of “High Value, Low Impact ”. 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.

What’s the food like in Bhutan?

The most distinctive characteristic of Bhutanese cuisine is its spiciness. Chillies are an essential part of nearly every dish and are considered so important that most Bhutanese people would not enjoy a meal that is not spicy.

Rice forms staple Bhutanese diet. It is accompanied by one or two side dishes consisting of meat or vegetables. Pork, beef and chicken are consumed most often. A wide selection of western and Indian food is also available in many of the restaurants around the country.

What’s the best climate to visit Bhutan?

Autumn is from October to November when it’s generally sunny with some snow at higher elevations. Late November to early March is dry with pre-monsoon showers starting in May month. The best time to visit Bhutan is during the spring months of March to May when the valleys come alive with flowers in bloom.

Where is Bhutan Airport?

Paro International Airport in Bhutan has renown of the most difficult international airport in the world. It lies in the elevation of two and half thousand meters from the sea label and it’s enclosed by almost five thousand meters high mountains. However, there is no reason to be frightened to fly to Paro Bhutan. Our pilots are very well qualified and they never take any dangers. In case of bad climate, there are probabilities of delays. In some cases, the flights can be diverted to other airports.

How can I book flight ticket to Bhutan?

Visiting to Bhutan by flying is by far the most relaxed way how to get into the Kingdom of Bhutan. Flights to Paro Bhutan International Airport are operated by the state-owned Druk Air Corporation and private Bhutan Airlines. There are also options to charter the flight to Bhutan, if you are looking for flights ticket and tour to Bhutan we will easily organize for you.

Does Bhutan has Domestic Airport?

Apart from Paro International Airport, there are three more domestic airports in Bhutan: Bumthang in central Bhutan, Yongphula in the east and Gelephu in the south. As of now, Bumthang flights are operated by DrukAir 3 times a week. Gelephu is getting 1 flight a week.

Which is the Best Travel agent in Bhutan?

Book Bhutan Tour is licensed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan, which is the Government regulatory body for tourism; it is also an active member of the Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators. Licensed No: 1033320 and ISC Code: (ISIC-63040), e-mail: or WhatsApp: +975 17614054.

Why Bhutan tourism is high value low impact policy?

The Royal Government of Bhutan strongly follows to a policy of ‘high value, low impact’ tourism, which serves the purpose of creating an image of exclusivity and high yield for Bhutan. The principle of “high value, low volume” has been the overall tourism policy since 1974, which later changed to “High Value, Low Impact” in 2008.

Cigarettes and tobacco ban in Bhutan?

As per the latest amendment made to the Tobacco Control Act of Bhutan in 2014, the following tobacco products are permitted to be carried for personal consumption:

800 sticks of cigarettes 150 pieces of cigars 750 grams of other tobacco products . A person shall be allowed to import only one tobacco or tobacco product at a time as stated above. A proof or receipt of tax payment shall be valid only for one month from the date of payment of tax.

Tax on import of cigarettes and other tobacco products depend on the place of import: Place of Import Tax India      100% Sales Tax Other Countries 100% Sales Tax 100% Customs Duty. Note: While in Bhutan, visitors must retain the tax receipt to present to, if you encounter any checking by Tobacco Control Inspectors. Source: Tobacco Control Amendment Act of Bhutan 2014.

Duty Free Allowance in Bhutan?

A foreigner traveling to Bhutan is allowed to import the following (carried on person/accompanied baggage) items, free of customs duty: 2 liters alcohol 100ml perfume. Articles for personal use or as gifts and travel souvenirs up to a value of Nu. 10,000 (approx. US$ 150)

Prohibited Products in Bhutan?

Import/export of the following items is strictly prohibited: Arms, ammunition and explosives. All narcotics and drugs except medically prescribed drugs Wildlife products, especially those of endangered species Antiques Import of plants, soils etc. are subject to quarantine regulations. Visitors are advised to be cautious in purchasing old and used items, especially of religious or cultural significance, as such items may not be exported without a clearance certificate.