Attention Travellers: Bhutan To Impose Tax On Indian Tourists

All of Bhutan is beautiful and happy- the two main ingredients needed to make it to every traveller’s bucket list. This small country is a big package of serenity and tranquility. But now, it seems like travelling to Bhutan is going to become a bit more expensive, especially for us, Indians. 

Bhutan is putting in place a major shift in policy and as per the new plan; the country is levying charges on tourists from India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives. This measure that has been taken due to rising influx of tourists in the Land of Thunder Dragon is apparently going to be finalised by the Cabinet next month.

Currently, tourists from international destinations pay $250 (Rs 18,000 approx) as a minimum charge per day per person, which includes a $65 a day ‘Sustainable Development Fee’, as well as a $40 visa charge. Tourists, however, from India, Bangladesh and the Maldives didn’t need to pay any fees or carry visa. But now, under Bhutan’s new draft tourism policy, Indians along with Bangladeshi and Maldivians will be charged the ‘Sustainable Development Fee’, as well as a ‘permit processing fee’.

According to reports by The Hindu, in 2018 about 2,74,000 tourists visited Bhutan, out of which 1,80,000 were only from India.

 

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