With the exception of Indian travellers, all visitors to Bhutan need a visa. Visas are issued only when a confirmed booking through a Bhutanese or tour operator has been made.
Bhutan can be entered either by air or land. The national airline Druk Air flies from Bangkok, Singapore, Delhi, Dhaka, Kathmandu and Kolkota. Entry by land is from India through the state of West Bengal that shares a border with Bhutan’s border town Phuentsholing in the Southwest.
There are various ways of getting around in Bhutan. The most convenient is to contact a tour operator who will arrange a tour package to suit your needs. you can also hire taxis. Bhutan is fairly connected by buses. See distances between various towns in Bhutan.
There are numerous hotels (from five stars to three stars) approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. We ensure that you stay in Tourism Council of Bhutan registered accommodation. During peak tourist seasons we recommend, you make your bookings in advance.
Given the demanding and breathtaking network of motor-able roads in the country, which is the chief mode of surface transport, the cars and buses that Bhutan Exodus uses are of reputed international makes such as Toyota and Hyundai. We give utmost priority to safety and comfort of our guests as far as cars are concerned. We use only 4-wheel drive vehicles so that even in the most demanding road conditions, the drive is safe and comfortable.
Visitors must have their Visa approved prior to arriving in the kingdom. All Visas need to be processed through a local Bhutanese tour operator. Individual tourist Visas cost US$ 40, which has to be paid in advance to your travel agent in Bhutan along with the tour payment.
The Tariff is set by the Bhutanese government and is applicable for all inclusive packages. The tariff is divided into two seasons – Regular and Peak Season.
For groups of three persons or more, the rates are as follows:
- Peak Season tariff: US $225/- per person per night in March, April, May, June and September, October and November.
- Regular Season Tariff: US$ 180 per person per night in December, January, February and June, July and August.
For a group of less than three persons, there is a surcharge to the daily tariff:
- One person: US $40 per person per night.
- Two persons: US $30 per person per night.
- Three persons and more: No surcharge applicable.
Filming in Bhutan
Those wanting to film in Bhutan must abide by the Bhutanese Filming Regulations 1995, available with the Department of Tourism. However, the regulation does not apply to feature or cinematographic films. Applications for a filming permit must be submitted to the Department of Tourism at least 30 days in advance. The application must be accompanied by:
- synopsis of the film (theme/background/objective/purpose/ )
- specific locations/objects/activities
- composition of the team and list of equipment, accessories/ consumables (members of the team will have to pay the full daily tourist tariff)
- Letter of recommendation from sponsoring agency (application forms can be obtained from the Department Of Tourism on payment of Nu 300.)
- First 30 Minutes or part thereof (US$10,000)
- Next 30 Minutes or part thereof (US$6,000)
- Every additional 30 Minutes or part thereof (US$3,000)
Please note: a security deposit of US$ 5,000 must be deposited with the Department Of Tourism. The deposit will be refunded upon completion of the film.