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If you are planning a trip to Bhutan, the following may prepare you better.

✓ Be informed. Before you come to Bhutan, it’s advisable for you to do some reading about Bhutan, especially about its socio-cultural and religious norms, so that you are better prepared to maneuver your way around the country’s socio-cultural and religious sensitivities.
✓ Check your health. Remember you are travelling to a mountainous country which demands some physical stamina. Even car/bus rides can be tiring. So, be prepared physically.
✓ Warm clothes. Autumn and winter in the interior parts of the country are cold. Mornings and evenings can be quite chilly even during spring and early autumn.
✓ Decent clothes. In Bhutan, tourists are expected to be dressed decently. Many people will not appreciate too much skin being exposed. Besides, tourists are required to dress decently while visiting temples, monasteries, and dzongs.

Daily packages
The minimum daily package for tourists travelling in a group of three persons or more is as follows:
✓ USD 200 per person per night for the months of January, February, June, July, August, and December.
✓ USD 250 per person per night for the months of March, April, May, September, October, and November.
These rates are applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan.
The minimum daily package covers the following services.
✓  A minimum of 3 star accommodation (4 & 5 star may require an additional premium).
✓ All meals
✓ A licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay
✓ All internal transport (excluding internal flights)
✓ Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
✓ All internal taxes and charges
✓ A sustainable tourism Royalty of $65. This Royalty goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.
On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to providing breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on usage basis.

Applying for visa
All visitors to Bhutan need a visa with the exception of visitors from:
✓ India
✓ Bangladesh
✓ Maldives
Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals can obtain a visa at the port of entry on producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity. Indian nationals may also use their Voters Identity Card.

All other tourists must obtain a visa clearance prior to travel to Bhutan. Visas are processed through an online system by us, your tour operator, directly or through a foreign travel agent. 
 
You are required to send the photo-page of your passport to us. The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday (including a USD $40 visa fee) has been wire transferred and received in the TCB bank account. Once received, the visa clearance will be processed within 72 working hours.

At your point of entry, you will be required to show your visa clearance letter, the visa will then be stamped onto your passport.
Travel requirements
All tourists (with the exception of Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian passport holders) need a visa to travel to and around Bhutan.
All visitors must book their holidays through a licensed tour operator. A comprehensive list of tour operators can be found here: http://www.tourism.gov.bt/plan/tour-operators

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