Bumthang Festival Trek and the Black-Necked Cranes

Bhutan, Discovery, 12 days - from $3,620 (land only)

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Visa Information

All nationalities need a passport with a validity of at least 6 months at the time of entry into Bhutan. You will also require visas for Bhutan and Nepal.

Nepal Visa

The easiest way to get your Nepal visa is on arrival at Kathmandu Airport. Visa fees must be paid in cash. The most convenient currency to purchase Nepalese visas is US dollars, but GB pounds and Euros are also accepted. The charges for the visa depend on your length of stay (please see fee information below). Two passport photos are also needed. Photographs can be obtained at the airport but this may be time-consuming.

Nepal visa fees (Multiple Entry). 15 days: US$25, 30 days: US$40, 90 days: US$100. Important note: Visa fees can change without warning and we advise that you bring extra cash as a contingency.

Note that the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has instituted a levy of 1,000 Nepalese rupees (approximately US$11) on all passengers departing Kathmandu International Airport from 17th July 2014. This levy is being called an Airport Development Fee (ADF). Unlike standard airport tax, this new fee is not included in the price of your air ticket. You will be required to pay this ADF both when you leave Nepal to fly to Bhutan and again when you fly home or to your onward destination. Please ensure that you have 1000 Nepal rupees available to pay this fee on each occasion you leave Kathmandu

Please note that if you are travelling to Nepal via Delhi you may also require a visa for India. This may apply even if you are not leaving the airport unless your baggage has been checked all the way through to your destination. Generally, if you use the same carrier for both legs of your journey (into Delhi and from Delhi to Kathmandu), you will not need an India Visa. Please note that the responsibility for ensuring you have the necessary visas, travel permits etc, for your chosen route of travel to the joining point, lies entirely with you. We are always happy to give advice on these requirements if you contact us.

Note that if you book a UK flight-inclusive package with KE using Jet Airways or Air India via Delhi, you will not require an India visa.

Bhutan Visa

KE will make all the arrangements to obtain your Bhutan visa. The cost of a Bhutanese visa is currently $40 US Dollars and this fee will appear on your final invoice. Bhutan visa numbers will be automatically relayed to the Druk Air offices in the airport(s) where group members will be meeting their Druk Air flights. Without a visa number it is impossible to board a Druk Air flight. The actual visa is issued on arrival at Paro Airport. Due to the ever changing nature of visa regulations, we recommend that everybody takes with them at least 4 passport photos, should they be required on entering the country.

Important notes

We are required to send through to our agents in Bhutan, a list of all of the members of the group, giving names, date of birth, nationalities, passport numbers, place and date of issue of passports, home addresses, and occupations. We will also require a copy of the information page of your passport and a passport photograph to be sent to us, please note that a colour scan will suffice. We will require all this information no later than 6 weeks prior to departure.

It is illegal to sell or purchase tobacco products in Bhutan. Up to 200 cigarettes may be imported, on payment of tax and import duty of 200%. You must have your customs receipt on your person if in possession of tobacco products. If you cannot produce it on demand by police you will be charged with smuggling and can expect a prison sentence of three years. Smoking is forbidden inside public spaces such as hotels, restaurants and bars.

If you are planning to take medication into Bhutan please check the rules with the Bhutanese Honorary Consul by email to rutland.michael@gmail.com.

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in the case of recent alterations.

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