Bhutan Tour Price – The view into the rate system of visitors

The Bhutan Tour Tariff Policy itself is a very unique, whereby every visitor to Bhutan, have to book through a licensed tour operator and pay an upfront all inclusive fees, is not practical anywhere else in the world. The tariff is also key policy instrument to promote High Value – Low Impact Tourism in Bhutan.

Tourism Council of Bhutan sets minimum selling prices for packages to Bhutan and this must be paid in US dollars prior to arrival in Bhutan.

The minimum tariff for tourist visiting in a group of 3 persons or more is as follows:

High Season Tariff – US$ 250 per person per night halt (March, April, May, September, October, and November).

Low Season Tariff – US$200 per person per night halt (December, January, February, June, July & August).

The minimum price includes:

  All Internal Taxes and Charges (including the royalty)

  Government Royalty

  Accommodation in twin Sharing in Standard Hotel

  All Meals

  All travel with a licensed Bhutanese Tour Guide (English Speaking)

  All Internal Land Transport

  Camping Equipment and Haulage for Trekking Tours

  Mineral Water

The rates given above are applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan. On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on actual basis.

The minimum daily packages rates shall not include the following:

  Air fare

  Airport Taxes

  Visa fees

  Medical Expenses

  Drinks

  Tourism Development Fund

  Insurance coverage

Surcharges

Individual tourists and smaller groups of less than three persons shall be subject to surcharge, over and above the minimum daily rates applicable, as follows:

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

The 10% agency commission payable to agents abroad shall not be deductible from the surcharge. The surcharge will not be applicable to representatives of foreign travel agents on business study or promotional visit duly approved and cleared by TCB.

Incase the number of persons travelling together is 3pax or more then there is no surcharge.

Cancellations

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

  Within 30 days of the start of the tour program: Free
  Within 21 days: 10% of the rate
  Within 14 days:15% of the rate
  Within 7 days: 30% of the rate
  Less than 7 days or cancellation without notice: 50%of the rate
  After arrival in Bhutan: 100%

Single Room Supplements

The Government set package rates are valid for accommodation on twin sharing basis and incase of using single rooms, following supplements will be applicable:

For, Festival season = US$ 45/ per single room per night
For, other season = US$ 25/ per single room per night

Visa Fee

Visa fee US $ 40/ per person is payable extra and it can paid along with tour payment.

Delayed Arrival / Departure

  There shall be no charge for the number of days of delays in arrival of visitors due to weather conditions, Druk Air problems or road blocks.

  There shall be no charge for the number of days of delay in departure of visitors due to weather conditions, Druk Air problems or road blocks. They will be charged only the actual expenses on accommodation, food, transport and any other services required.

Agency Commission

As per international norms, 10% of the gross tour payment shall be payable to the principal agents abroad as commission and shall be deducted by these agents at source. Further, this commission shall be calculated from the net amount after deducting the discounts wherever applicable.

Travel Insurance

The Government set package tariff do not include any Travel Insurance. It is imperative that tourists have full comprehensive insurance cover to protect against unforeseen accidents and mishaps. Such policies are not available in Bhutan. The insurance policy should adequately cover baggage and travel delays etc., helicopter evacuation, transportation and medical assistance incase of treks.

Discount on Tourist Tariff

  A discount of 50% on daily rates is available for one person in a group of 11 to 15 persons and 100% discount to one person for every 15 full paying persons.

  Full time STUDENTS below the age of 25 years holding valid identity cards from their institutions shall also be given a 25% discount on daily rates. This discount is subject to approval from Tourism Council of Bhutan, Royal Government of Bhutan.

  There shall be no charge for CHILDREN up to the age of 5 years (only Visa fee & Tourism Development fee payable). However, those between the ages of 6 to 12 years accompanied by elders/guardians shall be given 50% discount on daily rates.

Bank Address/ Correspondent Bank:

1. Bank Address/ Correspondent Bank:

Standard Chartered Bank Ltd.,
One Madison Avenue, New York,
NY 10010-3603
SWIFT Code: SCBLUS33
CHIPS ABA: 0256
FED ABA: 026002561

2. Beneficiary Bank Account:

358-202-171-9001 (USD A/C).

3. Beneficiary Bank:

Bhutan National Bank, P.O Box 439,
GPO Building, Chang Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
SWIFT Code: BNBTBTBT

4. Beneficiary/Ultimate Beneficiary:

AUTHENTIC BHUTAN TOURS maintained with BNB, Thimphu, Bhutan.

Note: After you remit the payment please send to us the copy of remittance paper via email or fax to do the necessary follow up here in Bhutan National Bank.