After keeping its borders closed for more than two years to contain the spread of COVID-19, Bhutan reopened its gates to travellers on September 23 as part of its efforts to revive a struggling economy. Earlier this year, the National Assembly of Bhutan gave its nod to a set of rules, which requires all tourists entering Bhutan to pay a tourism tax, known as the Sustainable Development Fee, or SDF. While Indian tourists will be charged Rs 1,200 per day per person, the fee for tourists from other countries has been increased from $65 to $200. Travellers from India, Maldives and Bangladesh were earlier allowed free entry into Bhutan without an advance visa or a daily tourism fee.(Read More)
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