There is a one-off visa processing fee of US$40 per person.
In addition, all visitors must pay a Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) as part of their visa application process. The SDF is a daily levy which supports Bhutan’s development.
- US$200 per day per person for an adult.
- Children aged 6 to 12 at the time of travel receive a 50% discount on their SDF.
- Children below 6 are exempt from paying any SDF.
For example, the total SDF payable for a couple with a six-year-old visiting Bhutan for 4 nights would be
(2 adults * US$200 * 4) + (1 child * US$100 * 4) = US$2000
*This does not cover your travel expenses (accommodation, transport & meals, etc)
- Flights can only be booked through either Bhutan Airlines or Druk Air. The airlines offer Business and Economy options only.
- Accommodation options are available at different price range from luxury hotels to budget and homestay.
- You have the option of hiring an SUV, mid-sized van, or a bus depending on the size of your group. The cost will include a vetted professional driver and airport transfer.
- If you plan to visit destinations beyond Paro and Thimphu and go on a trek, you must be accompanied by a professional tour guide. Professional tour guides charge a daily fee. All tour guides can speak English.
- There are entry fees to attraction areas. Fees may vary and tickets can be purchased on arrival.
- Activities such as cycling, rafting, a game of traditional archery, a hot stone bath, and photo session in traditional attire can be organised at an extra cost. Some of these activities may require bookings in advance.
You may use our Bhutan trip cost calculator to get an estimate cost for your trip.