Travel FAQ

Bhutan Travel Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does the Kingdom of Bhutan require a Visa?

Yes. Other than Indian and Bangladeshi nationals, all visitors to the Kingdom of Bhutan require a Visa. The Visa cost is $50 and is included in the Sister Marathon package trip price.

Can I travel independently in Bhutan?

No. The Royal Government of Bhutan has a cautious approach to tourism and requires all of its visitors to help ensure the smallest ecological footprint while sojourning in the country. Therefore, independent travel is not permitted. All tourists must use an officially registered tourists agency and travel on a pre-planned, pre-paid guided package tour or custom-designed program.

I've read about that the government has a Daily Tourist Tariff? What is this?

The Royal Government Tourist Tariff is $250 per person per day, double occupancy, and based on a group of 3 persons or more. The daily tariff includes accommodations in 3 Star hotels on twin shared rooms, all meals whilst in the country, hotel taxes and service charges, government royalties, inland transfers, sightseeing, and services with a local guide, driver and vehicle.

When I purchase an itinerary with Sister Marathons to go to Bhutan, what is included?

The Sister Marathon Peace Initiative Exclusive Marathon and Cultural Immersion Adventure in the Kingdom of Bhutan is a customized trip that is all-inclusive departing and returning out of Bangkok, Thailand, and includes the Government Tourist Tariff as well as all other amenities listed in the 2016 Trip Itinerary. Items not included are the international flights to Bangkok, Spa and Hot Bath treatments, laundry, alcohol of any kind, items of a personal nature, gifts and souvenirs, and phone calls and Internet where available.

Where can I find more official information on the Kingdom of Bhutan?

A few great places to start a Google search would be: The Tourism Council of Bhutan and The Bhutan Government Ministries.

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