New incentive aims to encourage Bhutan tourism

New incentive aims to encourage Bhutan tourism

Bhutan’s Department of Tourism (DoT) is encouraging longer stays by introducing Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) incentives. Bhutan’s SDF is currently set at USD 200 per person, per night for all guests.  

Depending on their planned itinerary, visitors can choose any of the following options:  

  • Pay the SDF of USD 200 per night, per person, for four-nights, and receive up to four additional nights without the daily levy.
  • Pay the SDF of USD 200 per night, per person, for seven-nights, and receive up to seven additional nights without the daily levy. 
  • Pay the SDF USD 200 per night per person, for twelve-nights, and receive up to eighteen additional nights without the daily levy.

The incentives will apply to bookings made from June 1, 2023 onwards, and are valid for stays in Bhutan between June 1, 2023 until December 31, 2024.

The SDF is a way that visitors support Bhutan’s ongoing development and sustainability projects.  

Children of five years and below are exempt; and there is a concessionary rate of 50% for children between the ages of six and 12 years.

All incentives ‘reset’ after the timeframe ends. An online tool to help calculate the total SDF payable per person is available to view on the Department of Immigration’s website at: visit.doi.gov.

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