Bhutan Reopens Its International Borders

23 September 2022

Bhutan reopened its borders to tourists on 23 September 2022. The country’s reopening comes with a renewed focus on tourism sustainability, with priority placed on (i) upgrading infrastructure and services, (ii) elevation of tourists’ experiences, and (iii) maintaining carbon-neutral tourism.

Bhutan has revised standards for their service providers, implementing a more robust certification process for providers including hotels, guides, tour operators, and drivers.

Bhutan also added measures to step up its efforts to keep the country carbon-negative and a green destination for tourists, raising the Sustainable Development Fee for tourists to $200. The TCB noted that this fee will go toward activities that promote carbon-neutral tourism and build a more sustainable tourism sector. Tourists from India pay around $15 (INR1,200).

Borders between Bhutan and India were also reopened. Prior to their re-operationalization, a meeting was held on 22 September between officials of Bhutan and India, including Customs and police officers, at Jaigaon, India.


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