Bhutan Travel Information
BHUTAN TOURISM:BHUTAN TRAVEL INFORMATION
BHUTAN TOURISM POLICY:
Bhutan Tourism industry has been strictly regulated in such a way that traditional culture can be preserved and nurtured. Tourism industry in Bhutan is founded on the principle of sustainability, meaning tourism must be environmentally and ecologically friendly, socially and culturally acceptable, and also economically viable. For these reasons, tourists visiting Bhutan have been carefully monitored and the number of tourists visiting Bhutan is kept to an environmentally manageable level.
All international visitors, visiting the Kingdom of Bhutan, are required to plan their Bhutan trip through one of the local Bhutanese tour operators or Bhutanese travel agencies or any other foreign tour companies affiliated with tour companies in Bhutan.
All international visitors visiting Bhutan are required to travel on a guided Bhutan tour package whereby tourists have to pay full Bhutan tour cost in advance and subsequently Bhutan visa, hotel booking, flight booking (optional) and all other other necessary travel arrangements are made well in advance by one of the Bhutanese tour operators or travel agencies for the tourists.The minimum daily Bhutan tour price is fixed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan, Royal Government of Bhutan. Details of Bhutan Tour Price, please follow this link ; Bhutan Tour Cost
BHUTAN TOUR BOOKING INFORMATION:
All Bhutan trips must be booked through licensed Bhutanese Tour Operators or Travel agencies like Bhutan All Seasons or any other licensed Bhutan tour operators or Bhutan travel agents, which would arrange all the travel needs for the tourists for their trip to Bhutan including the Bhutanese tourist visa, Bhutan flight booking,etc. For any travel information requirements, all visitors may contact any tour operators or travel agents in Bhutan.
For Cultural Tours, general sightseing tours or trekking tour, booking must be done at least 4 weeks in advance,but for any kind of tours during festival seasons, tour booking must be done earliest possible.The spring and autumn festivals are our peak times, and without early reservations it can be difficult to confirm flights and hotels.
The Tourism Council of Bhutan regulates all tourism related activities in Bhutan. The existing Bhutanese travel agencies and Bhutanese tour operators are approved and registered by them. They also fix the minimum daily Bhutan tour price
DAILY TOURIST RATE VALID FOR 2011
Bhutan tour costs from July -Dec,2011 is as follows:
• For group of 3 persons or above, the daily Bhutan tour cost is US$ 200 per night per person
• For a group of 2 persons, the daily Bhutan tour cost is US$ 230 per night per person (daily tariff US$ 200 + surcharge US$ 30)
• For 1 person or a lone traveler, the daily Bhutan tour cost is US$ 240 per night per person (daily tariff US$ 200 + surcharge US$ 40)
The above tour cost is inclusive of the following:
• Government royalty or Bhutan tourist tax
• Twin sharing standard hotel rooms at 3 star hotels
• All Meals ( breakfast, lunch & dinner)
• English speaking tour guide
• Refreshments ( tea,coffee, cold drinks and snacks)
• All travels and sightseeing/treks/tours within Bhutan
• Riding ponies and pack animals on treks
• All entrance fees
• BST (Bhutan Sales Tax)
• Mineral water
The prices given above are applicable per tourist per night stay in Bhutan. On the day of departure, local Bhutan tour operators / Bhutan travel agencies obligation shall be limited to breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on actual basis.
The following is not included in the daily Bhutan tour prices:
• Bhutan Visa fee US$20/person (must be paid in advance with tour cost).
• Travel insurance
• Alcoholic beverages
• Other personal expenses, calls overseas, laundary,excess baggage charges, etc.
• Hotel rooms and meals at high end hotels like Uma, Aman, Taj Tashi, etc ( optional).
DISCOUNT ON DAILY TOURIST RATE:
• There shall be no charge for CHILDREN up to the age of 5 years. However, those between the age of 6 to 12 years accompanied by elders/guardians shall be given a 50% discount on daily tour prices.
• Full time Students below the age of 25 years holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions shall also be given a 25% discount on daily tour price.
• A discount of 50% on daily tour prices shall be given to one person in a group of 11 to 15 persons.A 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.
• A discount of 10% on the daily tour prices of US$200 shall be provided from 9th nights and 20% discount is given from 21st night onwards.
TOUR PAYMENT INFORMATION
Full tour cost, for the entire duration of your stay in Bhutan plus Bhutanese tourist visa fee, must be paid to one of the Bhutan tour companies or Bhutan Travel Agencies such as Bhutan All Seasons Tours inorder to get your Bhutanese visa approval from Tourism Council of Bhutan, which has to be done prior to your travel date. Your Bhutanese travel agency would guide you how to make your tour payment.All the Bhutanese tour operators /Bhutanese travel agencies follow the same tour payment procedures and wire transfer information.
Furthermore if you would like your Bhutanese travel agencies to book your Drukair flights, then you may have to pay Drukair fare along with your tour cost and Bhutan visa fee. However, Drukair flight tickets can be purchase online too.
All visitors are required to complete a customs form upon arrival at Paro International Airport. The following items are exempted from customs duty:
1. Personal effects.
2. Instruments, apparatus or appliances for professional use.
3. Photographic equipments, video cameras and other electronic goods.
Import of tobacco or tobacco products for personal consumption are subject to 100% sales tax and 100% customs duty. The maximum allowance for personal consumption are:
1. Cigarettes: 1 carton of 200 cigarettes.
2. Pipe tobacco: 3 tins of 50 grams each.
3. Other tobacco products: 50 grams.
INFORMATION ON IMPORT/EXPORT RESTRICTIONS:
Import/export of the following goods is strictly prohibited
1. Arms, ammunitions and explosives
2. All narcotics and drugs except medically prescribed drugs
3. Wildlife products, especially those of endangered species
Imports of plants, soils etc. are subject to quarantine regulations. These items must be declared on arrival. 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. The visitors may seek our tour company's help and advice before committing to such purchases.