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Tariffs and Payment

How much does it cost to visit Bhutan?

Tourist tariffs and discounts are regulated by the Royal Government of Bhutan and are applicable per person per night halt within Bhutan. Tour operators are strictly guided and monitored by the Government to ensure that the national policy of “High value, Low Impact” is effectively followed and implemented. There is no restriction on the number of visitors as misunderstood by many travel enthusiasts around the world. However, there is an all-inclusive minimum daily tariff fixed by the government for all tour packages as listed below:

Individuals visiting in a group of 3 or more people (Minimum Daily Rate)

  • During the high season of March, April, May, September, October and November – US$250 per person per night halt for double occupancy/twin sharing
  • During regular season of January, February, June, July, August and December – US$200 per person per night halt for double occupancy/twin sharing
  • Extra US$30 per person per night halt will be charged for a single room occupancy (single supplement)
  • In a group of three persons, if one member is a child below five years, the group shall be treated as a FIT group of two persons and the surcharge will be applicable.

Individuals visiting alone or in a group of 2 people (FIT Surcharges)

  • Single visitors – a surcharge of US$40 per night is charged in addition to the minimum daily rate
  • Group of 2 person/couples – a surcharge of US$30 per person per night is charged in addition to the minimum daily rate
  • The above surcharge may also be applied to a member who arrives or departs on a separate flight from the rest of the group.

On the day of your departure, our service obligation is to provide only breakfast and transportation to the airport.

Visa Fee & Processing

  • One-time Visa Fee is US$40 per person
  • We process the visa. A copy of the e-Visa in PDF format will be emailed to you within 3-4 business days

Base Price

(The Base Price will be the cost for a single person traveling solo)

  • During high season US$250 + US$40 = US$290 per night plus US$40 Visa Fee
  • During regular season US$200 + US$40 = US240 per night plus US$40 Visa Fee

Schedule of Discounts

We offer the following discounts which are automatically applied depending on your group size.

  1. Children below the age of 5 years old
    • No charge other than a visa fee of US$40
    • Some of the tour packages may not have an option to include children below 5 years old when you book online through our website because of the nature of the tour. However, if you are travelling as a family, you’ll have an option to submit the name and pay the visa fee separately.
  2. Children between the age of 6-12 years old
    • Up to 50% off the Base Price. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult.
  3. Full-Time Student between the age of 13-24 years old
    • Up to 25% off the Base Price for a full-time student below the age of 24 years upon submission of a valid student identification card/document.
    • The age of the student must be below 24 years at the time exiting the country.
    • Students below the age of 18 years must be accompanied by at least one adult.
  4. Group Discounts
    • 2 Pax – 3.5% off the Base Price
    • 3-5 Pax – 14% off the Base Price
    • 6-10 Pax – 18% off the Base Price
    • 11 Pax & above – 20% off the Base Price
  5. Airfare discounts for students
    • We can also get a 30% discount on the base airfare for students upon submission of valid student ID Cards/Documents from their academic institutions
    • The airlines offer international standard discounts to children and infants by default

Important Note: CHILDREN below 5 years of age will not be eligible for GROUP SIZE DISCOUNT. STUDENTS below the age of 18 years and CHILDREN must be accompanied by at least one adult traveler to avail discounts. Discounts cannot be applied to surcharges, fees and single supplements.

What is INCULDED in the minimum daily tariff?
  • Twin sharing accommodation in a 3-star hotel inspected and certified by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (premium accommodations available at extra charges)
  • Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) of US$65 per person per night to the Royal Government of Bhutan
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) with standard menu at hotels. A buffet will be arranged most of the time.
  • English-speaking licensed tour guide. Guides speaking other major languages can be arranged at an additional fee.
  • Round trip airport transfers and all ground transportation with a dedicated driver within Bhutan for the entire duration of your stay
  • Entry fee to all museums, monuments and national parks
  • Porter and pony charges for trekking tours
  • All internal taxes
What is NOT INCULDED in the minimum daily tariff?
  • International Flights. We can arrange flights to and from Bhutan at no additional fee. You just have to let us know much in advance especially during the high season. Click here to see how to get into Bhutan
  • Visa Fee of US$40
  • FIT Surcharges for a single person and 2 person travellers
  • Wire transfer fee if paid by direct bank transfer
  • Payment processing fee if paid online using credit/debit card
  • Travel Insurance. Insurance is highly recommended. If you are coming for trekking adventures, insurance is a MUST. We recommend WorldNomads.com.
  • Emergency evacuation cost
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry services, telephone call charges
  • Tips to your guides and driver
  • Any other expenses of personal nature
Cancellation and Refund Policy

We strongly recommend reviewing our cancellation and refund schedule below to avoid any confusion should you decide to cancel your reserved trip. All your deposits and any payment less administrative fees of US$100 per person will be refunded if you notify us at least 30 days prior to your arrival date. Refer to the cancellation fee schedule below to determine the applicable charges.

DAYS TO ARRIVAL CANCELLATION CHARGES PER PERSON
30+ US$100 administrative fee per person
16-29 20% of the total cost
8-15 50% of the total cost
0-7 days No refund is available

In the case of trekking, no refund is permitted if the trek could not be completed due to inclement weather conditions or illness. However, accommodation and meals will be provided as required under the minimum daily tariff.

Curtailment

In case the trip is cut short or duration lost due to unforeseen reasons after arrival in Bhutan, no refund is available as the payment would have been already made to hotels and other logistics.

Delayed arrival or departure

There shall be no charges for the number of days of delay either during arrivals or departures or both, due to weather conditions, communication problems, cancellation or delay in Bhutanese airline flights, sickness or any other legitimate reason as Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) may deem reasonable. However, the Tourist will be charged on the actual expenses on accommodation, food, transport and any other services provided.

How to pay the cost of the tour and bank details

It is mandatory that all tourists visit Bhutan through government licensed local tour operators after paying a visa fee of US$40 and the cost of the trip, a minimum daily tariff which is set and regulated by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB).

We offer two options to make the payment; either pay online using your credit/debit card or wire the payment to our bank account. For more details, please check https://www.bhutanacorn.com/paying-the-cost-of-the-trip/.