BHUTAN ON A BUDGET
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & KEY WEB PAGE LINKS

Is independent travel possible to Bhutan?

Yes. Most of our travellers to Bhutan travel on private tours; as a couple or small group of friends and choose their own preferred dates and duration of travel. All tourist visitors must book a pre-paid and pre-arranged tour to be granted a visa.

How far in advance should we book our trip to Bhutan?

During peak tourist travel months, Mar/Apr/May & Sep/Oct/Nov, we recommend booking at least 6-9 months ahead. For regular season travel, Jun/Jul/Aug & Dec/Jan/Feb, we suggest booking 3-6 months in advance.

When are we required to pay our deposit?

We require a non-refundable A$250.00 per person land tour deposit, plus the costs for your air flights in/out of Paro, within 14 days of Bhutan & Beyond fully confirming your arrangements OR immediately if travel is within 60 days.

When is our final payment due?

You can make your final payment any time up until 60 days prior to arrival in Bhutan.
Please Note:  Our tours are quoted in US Dollars.
The USD costs are converted into Australian dollars on your preferred final date of payment using the current daily RETAIL ‘International Money Transfer (IMT) rate of exchange from the CBA Bank. The exchange rate web link to the CBA bank below and please refer to the top row, second column in from the right, ‘Bank Sells IMT’s & Drafts’.

What payment options do we have?

  • Credit Card: Pls note a credit card surcharge of 1.01% for MasterCard, 1.05% for Visa & 1.55 % for American Express applies.
  • EFT: We will provide our bank account details when we forward your tour invoice.
  • BPay: If you wish to pay by BPay these details will also be provided on your tour invoice.

How will we find information on travelling in Bhutan?

Once your tour deposit is received we will provide you with with our exclusive &  comprehensive 16 page Bhutan Visitor Guide. This is regularly updated and will empower you with all you need to know to make your Bhutan adventure a success. In addition to this please refer to the key web page links below for additional information.

What are the best months to visit Bhutan?

Bhutan is a year-round destination for cultural touring & hiking.

How can we add a festival to the itinerary?

Please refer to our 2019/2020 festivals guide and please note all festivals are subject to late date change, except the Thimphu & Paro Tshechu’s. Just find the festival that suits you most, ensuring it is in an area accessible on your chosen itinerary, and select travel dates accordingly.  Map of Bhutan

How do we obtain our Bhutan visa:

Bhutan & Beyond will pre-arrange your Bhutan visa and this is included in your tour cost. All nationalities are granted a visa for Bhutan and all we require to begin the visa process is a scanned copy of your passport photo page. Passports must be valid 6 months longer than your journey and the visa is generally issued between 14-20 days prior to arrival. We will email the visa to you as soon as it is received.

How do we arrange any other visas for our journey?

These are your own personal responsibility and you will need to research all your travel destinations, in conjunction with the types of passports you hold.

How do we arrange flights to/from Paro, Bhutan?

Bhutan & Beyond will book and ticket your air flights to/from Paro. These are operated by two Bhutanese airlines being Drukair-Royal Bhutan Airlines and Bhutan Airlines. Please refer to the web link below for further details. Bhutan & Beyond must book & manage your Paro flights and notify you when flight timing changes occur, which can be at very late notice, and these two airlines do not automatically update travellers. Another advantage is you do not have to adhere to any instant purchase airfare regulations for these flights and we can hold air seats secured for approx 2 weeks prior to ticketing (if booking more than 6 weeks prior to travel). Getting to Bhutan

What are the approximate economy airfares & taxes to/from Paro?

Bangkok/Paro/Bangkok  @US$970.00 per person
Kathmandu/Paro/Kathmandu  @US$450.00 per person
Delhi/Paro/Delhi   @US$675.00 per person

What does our ‘Bhutan on a Budget’ land package include?

  •  Freelance English-speaking guide; driver and private vehicle
  • All touring & transfers throughout your journey.
  • Bhutanese style 3-star hotel accommodation with private bathrooms
  • All meals.
  • All hiking, sightseeing & most entrance fees
  • Visa fees & processing
  • Bhutan government taxes and ‘Tourism Sustainability Fees’
  • Bank transfer & communication charges
  • Professionally operated by Bhutan Tourism Corporation Ltd (BTCL)
  • A comprehensive pre-departure trip planning guide
  • ZERO FLIGHT RISK – free cover for supplier default.
  • ATAS Accredited via our parent company MTA Travel

What does our land package exclude?

  • Airfares to/from Bhutan.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks (incl bottled water), phone calls, medications, guide & driver tips etc.
  • Comprehensive travel Insurance which is mandatory to be granted a visa to enter Bhutan.

What are the cancellation charges & do I need travel insurance?

Comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory to visit Bhutan and should be purchased no later than the day you pay your tour deposit for your protection. Failure to purchase adequate cancellation insurance by the time your deposit is paid could result in serious financial loss should you be forced to cancel your journey.

The Drukair/Bhutan Airlines air flight component, and initial land tour deposit, are both totally non-refundable after your deposit is paid.
Your Bhutan land tour arrangements are subject to the cancellation fees below.

Deposit date until 60 days prior to arrival in Bhutan
60 days or less prior to arrival in Bhutan

Loss of deposit
No refund permitted

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