Bhutan officially reopens for foreign travelers

 Saturday, September 24, 2022 


The Kingdom of Bhutan officially reopened for international travelers since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic from September 22, introducing a new tourism approach focused toward sustainable development, infrastructure advancements among others.

Bhutan will be increasing its Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) from USD$65 to USD$200 per person, per night. The traveler fee will help in upkeep of expansion projects within the kingdom, including free education and healthcare.

Some of the funds will also be used for planting trees, assisting tourism industry workers to acquire more skills, preserving Bhutan’s trails and more.

Bhutan is among those very few places that are carbon negative, and it will carry on its hard work for sustainability.

H.E. Dr. Lotay Tshering, the Honorable Prime Minister of Bhutan opined that Bhutan’s principled strategy of high-value, low-volume tourism has remained in place ever since the country started letting in guests in 1974. However, its intent and essence became weak over the years, without anyone knowing it. Hence, with this revival as a nation after the pandemic, and officially reopening for visitors once again, people in Bhutan need to realize the spirit of the policy, the standards and assets that have defined Bhutan for generations.

All through the pandemic, Bhutan advanced its infrastructure, including tourism amenities like roads, trails, public restrooms among others. Employees in tourism took part in programs for uplifting service quality, while many temples and places of interest experienced overhaul.

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