TOURISM LEVY EXEMPTION FOR THE EASTERN CIRCUIT FOR INTERNATIONAL LEISURE TOURISTS:
This tourism levy exemption for the eastern circuit has come into force since November 16, 2017, and will expire on December 31, 2020.
An international leisure tourist visiting eastern circuit shall be exempted from payment of applicable tourism levy for the duration of their stay.
In other words, no SDF will be applicable for the tourists visiting Mongar, Samdrupjongkhar, Lhuentse, Trashiyangtse, Trashigang and Pemagatshel from November 16, 2017, to November 15, 2020.
The exemption of royalty will be implemented for three years.
SDF is a fee of USD 65 levied per person per night halt. The amount is included in the minimum daily package rate (MDPR), which is the minimum amount that has to be paid per person per night halt.
With the exemption, the international tourist visiting the six eastern dzongkhags will now have to pay only USD 135 during the lean season and USD 185 during the peak season.
International leisure tourists staying overnight or longer in the eastern circuit are eligible for SDF wavier. The total amount to be waved off will be calculated based on the duration of stay in the eastern circuit.
Regional tourists from Bangladesh, Maldives, and India:
We can now help you to obtain entry with route permits online. Tourism Council of Bhutan has launched the Online Permit System to facilitate the smooth visitations of the regional tourists. this will avoid hassle of having to fall in before your turn comes to get the permit from the immigration office at the border gates of Phuentsholing or Samdrup Jongkhar or at the Paro airport. if you use the online permit system, you will get your permits even before you come to Bhutan like visas for the dollar-paying tourists. hope you will take advantage of this new system and avail the service from us.
NOTE ON NRI-PIO holding OCI card:
They're not considered regional tourists, and therefore, this exemption is not applicable to NRI - PIO (Non-Resident Indian - person of indian of origina) holding OCI card (Overseas Citizenship of Indian). If they visit Bhutan, they're subject the regular international tourist Minimum Daily Sustainable Tourism Fee of the Royal Government of Bhutan like any other international tourists.