In a major turn of events, Bhutan is planning to charge tourists visiting from neighbouring countries including India, Bangladesh and the Maldives. Until now, these countries were exempted from any charges.
Under the new policy, tourists from India, Bangladesh and The Maldives will now be charged a Sustainable Development Fee as well as a permit processing fee.
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It is to be noted that tourists from other countries pay $250 (Rs.18000 approx.) as a minimum charge per day per person, which includes $65 as Sustainable Development Fee and $40 as visa charges.
Out of the 2,74,000 tourists who visited Bhutan in 2018, about 2,00,000 were from the regional countries, out of which about 1,80,000 were from India.