Sustainable Development Fee (SDF)

For all visitors except those from India, the SDF is US$100 per person, per night. For guests from India the SDF is 1,200 ngultrum, or the equivalent amount in Indian rupees, per person, per night.

Children aged 6 to 12 at the time of travel receive a 50% concessionary discount on their SDF. Those aged 5 or younger are exempt.

Day visitors to the Bhutanese towns bordering India are also exempt from paying the SDF until they reach a point designated by the Bhutanese government.

Full time STUDENTS below the age of 25 years, holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions, shall be given 25% discount.

What is SDF?
SDF stands for “Sustainable Development Fee” or “Sustainable Development Fund.” Bhutan has a unique approach to tourism that focuses on sustainability and responsible tourism. To help maintain the country’s commitment to environmental conservation and cultural preservation, Bhutan imposes a daily fee on tourists. This fee is often referred to as the Sustainable Development Fee.

The minimum tariff for tourist visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows:

High Season Tariff USD 250 per person per night halt (March, April, May, September, October & November).
Low Season Tariff USD 200 per person per night halt (January, February, June, July, August & December).
The minimum price includes:
• All internal taxes and charges (including SDF USD 100 per night halt)
• Accommodation
• All Meals
• Licensed Bhutanese Tour Guide
• Chauffeur and car
• All sightseeing and entrance fees including any festival visits.
• Camping Equipment and Haulage for Trekking
(Beverages NOT included)

The rates given above are applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan.

Question: Can I stay at exclusive resorts like Uma and Aman?

Answer: Visitors who opt for more exclusive resorts like Uma Paro/Punakha, Taj Tashi and Amankora will have to pay for their accommodation on top of the daily tariff specified.


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