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Bhutan ends Free Travel for Indian Passport Holder

BHUTAN

Kingdom of Bhutan

Landlocked country in South Asia.

Official languages – Dzongkha

Currency – Ngultrum

INDIAN TOURISTS IN BHUTAN

In 2018, of the 2,74,000 tourists visiting
Bhutan, the council estimated that about
2,00,000 were from the S.A, of which
about 1,80,000 were from India.

(65% of total tourists in Bhutan are from India) Bhutan is a small nation with a total population of around eight lakh.

BHUTAN IN SOUTH ASIA

INDIAN TOURISTS IN BHUTAN

In 2018, of the 2,74,000 tourists visiting Bhutan, the council estimated that about 2,00,000 were from the S.A, of which about 1,80,000 were from India. (65% of total tourists in Bhutan are from India)

Bhutan is a small nation with a total population of around eight lakh.

FAVOURITE OF INDIAN TOURISTS

Bhutan has been a favourite destination among Indian tourists.

And more importantly, you had to pay nothing as fees to enter the country.

Not even a visa is required, only passport or/and voter ID card was enough

CHANGES MADE BY BHUTAN

Bhutan will now impose a “sustainable development fee” (SDF) on Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian tourists,
making visits to the Himalayan nation more expensive.

The decision has been taken to protect the ecology of the country, amid a spike in visitors from India

LONG STANDING ISSUE

In the past year, Bhutanese newspapers have often complained about Indian tourists who don’t pay heed to local customs and picnickers who litter the country’s pristine environment.

POINT TO NOTE

In contrast to other international tourists, who pay $250 (Approx. ₹18,000) 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 from India, Bangladesh and the Maldives had so far paid no fees, and were able to cross over without visas, something that is now set to change.

EXISTING POLICY

Bhutan follows a ‘high value, low volume’ tourism policy.

In other words, the Himalayan nation aims to attract only a few tourists each year while ensuring that they are high spending

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