Visa and Flight

Sustainable Development Fee for Bhutan: 

Tourists can book a package holiday to Bhutan through both International and Bhutanese local tour operators. The Royal Government of Bhutan sets minimum selling prices for packages to Bhutan and this must be paid in US dollars prior to arrival in Bhutan.

Daily Tariff:
The minimum tariff for tourist visiting in a group of 1 person or more are as follows:
High  & Low Season SDF – US$ 200 per person per night (It has been changed from September 2022) after it, You have to pay travel company charges for extra essential things.


Visa Formalities:

Other than Indian, all visitors to Bhutan require a visa; all visas are issued from Thimphu; visas are only issued to tourists booked with a local licensed tour operator (Lhojong Dumra), directly or through a foreign travel agent. Applications for tourist visas are submitted by the tour operator. Visa clearance from Thimphu must be obtained before coming to Bhutan. Visa clearance takes at least 5 days to process. Air tickets to Bhutan cannot be purchased without visa clearance. At your point of entry the visa will be stamped in your passport on payment of US$40, two passport photos will also be required. Visas are issued for a 15day period; extensions can be obtained in Thimphu at a cost of Nu.510.

Delayed Arrivals:
there is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or road blocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required.

Cancellations policy:

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

  • If you cancel more than 21 days before the tour, the fee is 10% of the tour price.
  • If you cancel between 14 and 21 days before the tour, the fee is 15% of the tour price.
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before the tour, the fee is 30% of the tour price.
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the tour or don’t show up at all, the fee is 50% of the tour
  •  If you cancel after arriving in Bhutan, you will have to pay the full tour price. 


Baggage Allowance in Flight:

  • The baggage allowance for flights in Bhutan depends on the airline and the type of ticket you
    have purchased.
    For Drukair, the national carrier of Bhutan, the following baggage allowances apply:
     Economy Class: Passengers are allowed one piece of checked baggage weighing up to 30kg
    (66lbs), and one piece of carry-on baggage weighing up to 5kg (11lbs).
  • Business Class: Passengers are allowed two pieces of checked baggage, each weighing up to
    40kg (88lbs), and one piece of carry-on baggage weighing up to 5kg (11lbs).
    It’s always a good idea to check with your airline before you travel to confirm the baggage
    allowances and any additional fees that may apply for excess baggage or overweight baggage.

Checked Baggage Allowance:

The checked baggage allowances on scheduled international flights are as follows:

  •  Business Class 40 kg (88 pounds)
  •  Economy Class 30 kg (66 pounds)

Unchecked Baggage/cabin Baggage Special Regulations:

  • Regulations issued by the Drukair Corporation stipulate that your cabin baggage must be placed in the over head bin. Therefore the overall dimensions are limited to 45 + 35 + 20 cm (17 + 13 + 8 inches). The weight must not exceed 5 kgs in Economy class and 7 kgs in Business class.
  • These regulations shall ensure that the cabin baggage will not impede evacuation of aircraft cabin in case of emergency.
  • Please consider this when packing your baggage and kindly ensure that any item exceeding the above limitations is sent as checked baggage.
  • Spot checks will be performed during embarkation to ensure that these regulations are being followed.

Infants: Infants paying only 10% of the applicable air fare are not entitled to any free baggage allowance.

The following Articles may be carried free of charge over and above the Free Baggage Allowance:

  • A ladies handbag, pocket book or purse, which is appropriate to normal traveling dress and which is not being used as a container to carry articles which would otherwise be regarded as baggage.
  • An overcoat wrap or blanket
  • An umbrella or walking stick
  • A small camera and a pair of binoculars
  • A reasonable amount of reading matter for the flight
  • Infants food for consumption in flight and infants carrying basket
  • An invalids fully collapsible wheelchair and crutches or other prosthetic device for the passengers use provided the passenger is dependent on them

All other articles – such as flight bags, briefcases, typewriters, ladies vanity cases, large size cameras, etc. will be weighed and, if applicable, excess baggage charges will be levied.