Traveling to Bhutan
Bhutan is a unique travel destination and therefore has travel guidelines unlike any other country. Here are a few guidelines that will ensure a smooth travel experience to the beautiful country of Bhutan:
- Tourists must book their trip through a tour organizer, who will then take care of all details surrounding your trip prior to your arrival and once in country. The 3 tour organizers listed below are official sponsors of the Tour of the Dragon and supporters of Bhutan Olympic Committee, and they are very familiar with the event. We request that you use these tour organizers to ensure an optimal Tour of the Dragon travel experience.
- Once your travel package is paid for, your tour organizer will secure your visa to Bhutan. It can take up to one month to secure a Bhutanese visa, so it is important to plan your trip well ahead of time.
- As a tourist, it is not possible to enter Bhutan without paying a daily tourist tariff. There are minimum tariffs based on your group size, accommodation rating (1-5 stars) and the time of year you are traveling. Additional activities or perks above those covered by the minimum tourist tariff, single person accommodation and/or the time of year you are traveling can increase the cost of this basic tourist tariff. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT FIGURING YOUR TOURIST TARIFF. Your tour organizer will take care of everything for you in country based on the above criteria and ensure that your tariff requirements are taken care of.
- Traveling into Bhutan via air on your last flight leg is through two airlines — Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines. Your travel plans will require at least one flight change in India, Nepal, Singapore or Thailand — onto Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines. If you have a layover in any of these locations prior to your Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines flight into Paro (which is usual), ensure that you meet the visa requirements in the country you are traveling through. For example, Nepal and Thailand offer visas upon arrival or a visa waiver. India requires visa procedures to be complete before arrival.
- Paro International Airport (PBH) is the entry point into Bhutan by air. You can purchase an e-ticket on the Druk Air website (http://drukair.com.bt) or Bhutan Airlines (http://www.bhutanairlines.bt) from: Bangkok in Thailand; Delhi, Kolkata, Bodhgaya/Gaya, Bagdogra, Guwahati in India; Kathmandu in Nepal; Dhaka in Bangladesh; or Singapore.
- Because Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines can book quickly and flights are very limited, we recommend you purchase your air ticket from your port of choice first, and then purchase your international flight into the region (from Thailand, India, Nepal, Bangladesh or Singapore, as specified above).
The following tour organizers are sponsors of the Tour of the Dragon and supporters of Bhutan Olympic Committee. We request that you use these tour organizers to ensure an optimal travel experience.