Indian tourists will have to pay entry fee when travelling to Bhutan

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Published: February 5,2020 02:11 PM
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Ending decades of free entry to Indian tourists visiting Bhutan, the government in Thimphu has decided to levy a daily Rs.1,200 ($17) fee for "regional tourists" from India, Maldives and Bangladesh,

February 5, 2020: Ending decades of free entry to Indian tourists visiting Bhutan, the government in Thimphu has decided to levy a daily Rs.1,200 ($17) fee for "regional tourists" from India, Maldives and Bangladesh, beginning July 2020. 

As per reports, Bhutan's lower house on Monday passed a legislation that makes it mandatory for visitors from India, Bangladesh and the Maldives to pay a fee of Rs.1200 per day for its "sustainable development".

The Himalayan kingdom, which is concerned about its ecology and environment, decided to impose the fee following an increase in Indian tourists. There was a ten per cent hike in the number of tourists from the three countries who visited Bhutan in 2018.

Government sources in New Delhi said, the 'Tourism Levy and Exemption Bill of Bhutan 2020' which the National Assembly of Bhutan is still discussing, imposes a "nominal" fee to develop tourism facilities and infrastructure. The bill includes additional provisions for visit of tourists from the region to Bhutan.

The Bhutanese authorities have assured the Indian government that "tourists from India would not be inconvenienced in the course of the implementation of the new regulation".