Bhutan is renowned for its carefully considered travel regulations that help to protect its culture, natural beauty and age-old way of life. As a result, most nationalities require a visa to enter the Kingdom, obtained at least seven working days before arriving in the country.
Amankora is ready to help with every step of the visa process, which involves a passport valid for at least 6 months following the date of arrival and proof of return flights, travel insurance and paid accommodation.
Nationals of Bangladesh and the Maldives can obtain a visa on arrival (or online in advance to save time), while Indian nationals require a permit (also obtained online or on arrival).
Amankora is dedicated to ensuring that your stay is as effortless and enjoyable as possible. To this end, travel insurance is not just a visa requirement, but also a highly recommended investment to protect against unexpected cancellations or delays, as well as any unforeseen circumstances or expenses that may arise during your travels.
Sustainable Development Fee (SDF)
A country of less than half a million people, Bhutan has always carefully limited the number of travellers across its borders. With its customary prescience, the Kingdom has stepped back onto the world’s stage with new measures to protect its natural and cultural heritage and to enhance the tourist experience. The daily Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) of USD $100 per person per night, promotes carbon-neutral tourism, preserving and increasing Bhutan’s allure as an ever more rarefied, sought-after travel destination.
As of 1 September 2023, the Royal Government of Bhutan adjusted the Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) policy, with new, reduced rates applicable to all visitors regardless of the length of stay:
Visitors who are 13 years of age or older at the time of travel will be charged as adults. These revised rates will remain in effect until 31 August 2027.