All foreigners, except for the citizens of India and Bangladesh, require a visa to enter Bhutan. The visa clearance must be obtained prior to departing for Bhutan from the capital city, Thimphu. The visa is issued only after the full payment of the tour is made. It is important to note that visa clearance must be produced in order to board the two airlines operating in Bhutan and must !be carried along with your air ticket. In order to process the visa, scanned copies of your passport should be sent to)Mercury Bhutan Travel – your local travel agent) which in turn will send the clearance via email. The actual visa will be issued on arrival at the airport in Bhutan or, for those entering by road, at the border towns of Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar.
The Ngultrum pegged to the value of the Indian Rupee and(as of January 2018 average)was worth the following:
1 U£$ = Nu. 66.05
1 GBP = Nu. 97.251 Euro = Nu. 78.60 1 Sing$ = Nu. 50.45
There is a foreign currency exchange facility at the Front Desk at our hotels. Please note that while few businesses in Bhutan take credit cards, this is limited mostly to hotels. ATMs are located at all main towns throughout Bhutan, where money can be withdrawn using a Visa or Master Card.
The choices are limited yet continuously improving. These products accentuate the local cultures which include textiles, wooden handicrafts, paintings, prayer flags, prayer wheels, prayer beads and colorful stamps. Paro Market day is every! Sunday and Thimphu Market (with its extensive handicraft and artifact section) opens on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Visitors cannot purchase and take items that are old and used unless they have been officially certified as non-antique always ask receipt. Import of plants, soils etc. are subject to quarantine regulations and must be declared on arrival.
GETTING IN TO BHUTAN ENTRY EXIT POINTS
By air, there are two airlines operating in and out of the only international airport in Bhutan at Paro. The airlines – Druk Air, the national flagship? Carrier and private owned Tashi Air – operate to the neighboring cities of Bangkok in Thailand, Kathmandu in Nepal, Dhaka in Bangladesh, and Delhi, Kolkata, Bodh Gaya, Guwahati and Mumbai in India. Druk Air also offers domestic tlights within Bhutan between Paro, Bumthang, Yonphula in the east and south Bhutan in Gelephu. The best times to visit Bhutan are spring (March, April and May) and autumn (September, October and November). However, winter months are cold in western regions but south and eastern parts are warm with bright clear blue skies. Summer is wet with the monsoon but still fresh and Green.
The Royal Government of Bhutan sets minimum selling prices for packages to Bhutan. These must be paid in US Dollars prior to arrival in Bhutan.
The minimum daily package applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan for tourists travelling in a group of 3 people or more is as follows:
USD $200 per person per night for the months of January, February, June, July, August, & December. USD $250 per person per night for the months of March, April, May, September, October, & November.
The minimum daily package covers the following services;
It is strongly recommended that you oe insured against medical and personal accident risks (including repa- triation costs, air ambulance and helicopter rescue services) and that you also take a cancellation insurance. You should be aware that some policies restrict coverage or do not or cover travel to Bhutan and may not cover activities such as trekking, camping, hiking, rafting and mountain biking. Please ensure that your pol- icy provides a sufficient level of protection and covers you for the activities involved. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) when you to travel Bhutan.
The Department of Cultural Affairs advises that men should wear trousers and a shirt with a collar; women should wear along dress or long trousers(covering up to the ankles). Shorts, hats, T-shirts, umbrellas, smoking and alcohol are not allowed when you are visiting temples, monasteries and sacred sites.
Some parts of Bhutan and establishments such as temples and monasteries are restricted to tourists unless a special permit is obtained. Photography is restricted inside the temples except courtyard area.
The exempted items in 3 and 4 must be declared on the Customs Form. If these items are disposed of in Bhutan by way of sale or gift, they become liable for customs duty.
Visa for Bhutan
Copy of Travel Insurance document
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