Bhutan has announced a new travel incentive on Bhutan’s Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) which is designed to encourage longer stays that enable guests to explore more of what this diverse kingdom offers. Bhutan’s SDF is currently set at USD 200 per person, per night for all guests (excluding Indian nationals, who are charged 1,200 Rupees per night, per guest); and the SDF is exempt for children of 5 years and below. There is a concessionary levy rate of 50% for children between the ages of 6-12 years. Anyone aged 12 and above pays the full SDF rate.
Bookings made from June 01, 2023, onwards will be eligible for the exclusive SDF incentives for US Dollar SDF-paying guests and are valid for stays in Bhutan between June 01, 2023, until December 31, 2024.
Depending on their planned itinerary, visitors can choose any of the following options with effect from June 01, 2023:
The same long-stay SDF incentives outlined above can be applied to US-dollar SDF-paying children.
This incentive enables guests to stay longer and explore more of the country’s 20 districts, from pristine highland communities to cultural villages and biodiversity hotspots. Taking advantage of this incentive allows nature lovers to venture into the farthest corners of Bhutan’s wilderness to spot some of the world’s rarest birds and mammals; avid trekkers to explore the newly restored Trans Bhutan trail or the famed Snowman Trek; or the culturally inclined to sample all the flavors, festivals and restorative pace of life in Bhutan’s remote villages.