A brief guide to booking your trip to Bhutan and obtaining a Tourist Visa

Tour Booking Guide

The Royal Government of Bhutan Regulation

It is a Royal Government of Bhutan regulation that you must use a licensed Local Bhutanese Tour Operator to book your travel to Bhutan or through one of their international partners. Unlike in other countries, there is no way that you can visit Bhutan on your own or through your travel agent.

A comprehensive list of TCB registered tour operators can be found at http://www.tourism.gov.bt/directory/tour-operator

VISA Requirements

Except for visitors from India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives, all other visitors to Bhutan need a visa.
Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals can obtain an entry permit at the port of entry on producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6-month validity (Indian nationals may also use their Voters Identity Card (VIC)).

All other tourists must obtain a visa clearance before traveling to Bhutan.  Visas are processed through an online system by our tour managers at Aaron Ace Bhutan Tours & Treks.

You are required to send the photo-page of your passport to our tour managers who will then apply for your visa.  The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday (including a USD 40 onetime visa fee) has been wire transferred and received in the TCB bank account.  Once received the visa clearance letter will be processed within 72 working hours.

Note: You need to wire transfer the full payment to Tourism  Council of Bhutan’s Bank Account, not in our Bank Account. We will receive the payments from TCB only after your tours in Bhutan is completed satisfactorily. That way, your payments are completely secure, safe and satisfactory guaranteed.

Minimum Daily Package

The Royal Government of Bhutan sets minimum selling prices for packages to Bhutan. These must be paid in US dollars prior to arrival in Bhutan. It is not in our hand to reduce the Minimum Daily Package Price and we Aaron Ace Tours & Treks do not recommend planning your trip with a Tour Operator offering below the Government set prices. It is against the Rules and Regulation Acts of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

Following are the details on a minimum daily package which is according to the Royal Government of Bhutan.

The minimum daily package covers the following services.

  • A minimum of 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium)
  • All meals
  • A licensed Bhutanese English Speaking tour guide for the extent of your stay
  • All internal transport (excluding internal flights)
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
  • Museum Entry Fees

It also includes:

  • All internal taxes and charges
  • A sustainable development fee of $65. This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.

High Season Tariff (March, April, May, September, October, and November)

  • US$ 290 per night for an individual traveler including the government surcharge of USD 40 per night.
  • US$ 280 per night for groups of two people including the government surcharge of USD 30 per night per person.
  • US$ 250 per night per person for a group of three or more

Low Season Tariff (January, February, June, July, August, and December)

  • US$ 240 per night for an individual traveler including the government surcharge of USD 40 per night
  • US$ 230 per night for groups of two people including the government surcharge of USD 30 per night per person
  • US$ 200 per night per person for a group of three or more.

Further, there is a one-time payment of $40 visa fee.

These rates are applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan.

On the day of departure, the Aaron Ace Tours & Treks obligation shall be limited to providing breakfast only, and any extra requirements shall be payable on a usage basis.

We do not cover health and travel insurance.

Is there any discount available?

There shall be no charge for children up to the age of 5 years. However, those between the ages of 6-12 years accompanied by elders/ guardians shall be given a 50% discount on daily rates and 100% discount on Royalty.

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 rates.

A discount of 50% on daily rates shall be given to one person in a group of 11 to 15 people. 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 16 people.

What if I need to cancel my trip?

An administration fee of $100 would be applicable for all canceled Tour Programs. Tour programs booked and subsequently canceled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:

Within 01 month – 50%
Within 10 days of tour start date – 100% No refund.

Choosing the Package and Itinerary Planning

We would recommend you choosing our pre-planned package, as it is the best way to travel with your family and friends because all the details are pre-planned for you. This is especially important if you are not keen on researching destinations yourself.

But as promised, all the tours that we provide are fully customizable according to your requirements and interest.

You can take some time to create a complete itinerary following some research on the destination you are visiting. Pay special attention to special festivals, weather, and political climate when you are working on the itinerary. Make sure all the activities are something worth trying and give you and your fellow travelers a new dimension of the places visited. We always keep updated with the events and tourism industry news through our Blogs.

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Discuss with our Tour Managers at aaronacebhutan@gmail.com and get support through 24/7 Live Chat, so that you choose the best package and have your itinerary planned perfectly.

After finalizing the package, our Tour Managers will send you the final itinerary along with the total costs in your email. The amount will be calculated based on the itinerary and minimum daily package set up by the Royal Government of Bhutan.

Now you need to wire transfer the full tour payment calculated by our tour managers and as well as USD 40 (one-time visa fee) to the Bhutan National Bank in the name of Tourism Council of Bhutan. (Details will be sent in email)

Please email the bank wire receipt copy and scanned copy of your passports to us.

We will then process your Visa Clearance Letter online through Tashael Account (Tourism Council of Bhutan’s Online Visa system) which is only accessible to a registered travel agent, and we are one of them.

Once the Visa Clearance Letter is approved by TCB, we will forward the letter to your email.

At your point of entry, you will be required to show your visa clearance letter; the visa will then be stamped into your passport.

Our Tour’s Starting/ Entry Points

  • Paro International Airports
  • Phuntsholing, India-Bhutan Border town in the SouthWest.
  • Gelephu, India-Bhutan Border town in SouthCenter.
  • Samdrup Jongkhar, India-Bhutan Border town in SouthEast

How do I enter Bhutan?

By Air

Drukair and Bhutan Airlines operate flights to and from Bhutan. Sector covered are Bangkok, Kathmandu, Singapore, Dhaka, and India (Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Gauhati, Bagdogra). No international flights fly to Bhutan.

By Road
You can enter and exit from Phuntsholing, which is 3.5- 4 hours drive from Bagdogra International Airport, West Bengal, India and Samdrup Jongkhar, in the south-east, three hours drive from Guwahati, Assam, India.

We do provide services like Flight Ticketing for any flights from any country and pick and drop from nearby Indian International Airports in Guwahati and Siliguri. Charges will be applied accordingly.

Please feel free to contact us through our 24/7 Live Chat or use the form below if you have any questions and queries. We are always there for you.

Tashi Delek!

Looking Forward To See On Board

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Aaron Ace Bhutan Tours & Treks
    Olokha, Thimphu-Babesa Highway,
    Thimphu, 11001, Bhutan
  • +975 1734 3188
  • aaronacebhutan@gmail.com
  • Mon-Sat 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
    We are closed on Sundays & public holidays

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