Bhutan Tourism & COVID-19March 10, 2020
Bhutan Has Re-opened!October 11, 2022
It gives us great pleasure to announce that Bhutan will re-open its borders for international guests on September 23, 2022, according to the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB).
Along with this reopening comes a change to the way that tourism operates in the country, as they move from a per-day all-inclusive pricing model to more of an à la carte system.
When Bhutan first opened to international visitors in 1974, the country implemented a unique tourism policy in an effort to prevent mass tourism and protect its environment. The tourism policy achieved this goal, but in the years preceding the COVID-19 pandemic it was noted that the risk of mass tourism is on the rise.
Updated Bhutan Tourism Pricing
With a renewed focus on sustainability to safeguard Bhutan and maintain the kingdom’s carbon-neutral footprint, the Bhutanese Government has made fundamental changes to its current tourism policy.
- The Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) has been revised and increased from USD$65 to US$200 per person per night spent in the country. The SDF contributes to social welfare programs, conservation of the environment, and the improvement of infrastructure and facilities for tourists in Bhutan.
- The Minimum Daily Package Rate (MDPR) and surcharge of USD$185 per person per day has been removed.
- Guests traveling to Bhutan still need to be accompanied by a certified guide and vehicle.
NOTE: Currently, international guests do not need to complete an RT-PCR prior to leaving their home country and travelers who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine upon arrival into Bhutan.
We will keep you updated as the situation develops and if the government makes any additional edits to their tourism policy or pricing.