Bhutan FAQs

ARE VISA’S REQUIRED FOR TRAVEL TO BHUTAN?
All foreigners except for citizens of Bangladesh, India, and Maldives must obtain a visa before visiting Bhutan. Your
visa clearance letter will be provided to you by your Bhutanese travel organiser and you present this letter on arrival
in Bhutan.

DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE IN BHUTAN
It is a very good idea to purchase travel insurance before travelling to Bhutan. Ensure you have adequate
emergency evacuation insurance and that your luggage is also adequately insured, especially if you are carrying
expensive equipment such as laptops, cameras, ipads. If you are travelling on one of our Group Tours, Travel
Insurance is compulsory.

I’M A SINGLE TRAVELLER. DO I NEED TO PAY THE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT?
At Incredible Indian Tours, we don’t charge a compulsory single supplement charge for single travellers. On our
group tours we often have 3,4 or even 5 travellers of the same sex travelling independently. If you choose the
sharing option, your tour leader will rotate the single sharers at each new hotel, so you get a new room-mate each
stop. If there is an odd number of single sharers, then someone gets their own room occasionally.
The Single Supplement cost only needs to be paid if you wish to guarantee your own room throughout the tour.

WHAT IS THE INTERNET ACCESS LIKE IN BHUTAN
Internet access is available in hotels throughout much of Western Bhutan. Smaller valleys and remote areas will
have limited access.
If you are carrying your own laptop, or a sim enabled iPad or similar, you can purchase a data sim cards. A
recommended provider is Bhutan Telecom. If you wish to get a local data sim card, you may need to have a
photocopy of your passport photo page and visa page. You will also need a passport sized photo.

WHAT IS THE PHONE/MOBILE COVERAGE LIKE IN BHUTAN
Mobile phone coverage is available in most areas in Bhutan. Ensure global roaming is activated on your phone
before you arrive.
If you wish to get a local sim card, you may need to have a photocopy of your passport photo page and visa page.
You will also need a passport sized photo. A recommended provider is Bhutan Telecom.

ARE THERE ATMS IN BHUTAN
Many ATMs are now available in Bhutan, although some international cards may not work in the ATMs. It is always a
good idea to bring the majority of your spending money in USD cash. Bring small denomination notes for your small
purchases and larger notes for money exchange and tipping.

CAN I USE MY CREDIT CARD IN BHUTAN
Credit cards are accepted by most mid-range and above hotels. Mid-range and upmarket tourist restaurants and
medium-to-large shops in tourist areas are also likely to accept credit cards. Smaller shops, cafes, market stalls and
places in remote areas may not accept credit cards, so you will need to ensure you have plenty of cash when you
travel away from the cities.

DO I NEED TO BRING USD TO BHUTAN
Yes. Most other currencies are not accepted in Bhutan and ATMs may not provide cash on some international credit/
debit cards so it is a very good idea to bring the majority of your spending money in USD.

SHOULD I BRING TRAVELLERS CHEQUES?
Travellers cheques are hard to come by and exchange these days. You are better off with a travellers money-card
that can access your funds safely from an ATM, although some international money-cards are not accepted by
Bhutanese Bank ATMs. Bring most of your spending money in USD.

DO YOU NEED TO TIP IN BHUTAN?
It is not customary to tip in Bhutan however your guide & driver will expect to be tipped at the end of the tour.
For Guides USD10-30 per day
For Drivers USD7-20 per day
For Porters USD0.50c per bag.

IS WATER SAFE TO DRINK ANYWHERE IN BHUTAN?
No. Do not drink the water, do not brush your teeth in the water and do not inhale or breath in water in the shower. It
is also a good idea to avoid eating raw salads. Avoid ice in drinks except in more upmarket establishments and peel
fruit before eating.

HOW MUCH TOILET PAPER DO I NEED TO BRING?
Outside of hotels and tourist restaurants, public toilets you encounter may be squat-style toilets without toilet paper.
Hotels will provide toilet however it is always a good idea to carry a spare roll with you just in case.. Don’t forget to
carry hand sanitiser for when you don’t have access to soap and water in some public toilets.

DO I NEED TO PACK A BATHING SUIT?
Probably not. Few Bhutanese hotels have pools, and usually only the high end 5-star hotels. Additionally if travelling
on our group tour in March, you will likely find the weather a little too cool for swimming.

SHOULD I JUST BRING A SMALL CARRY ON BAG?
Bhutan has many wonderful handicrafts and goods to purchase, so if you think you might be tempted, bring a
medium-sized suitcase, duffle or backpack, pack light (10-15kg) and leave plenty of room for purchases.

IS BRINGING A KINDLE OR IPAD A GOOD IDEA?
There are some long journeys by road in Bhutan so reading material is a great idea to have. Note that roads can be
windy and bumpy making reading challenging. Kindles and iPads are ideal as it means that you don’t have to carry
heavy books around. Download some good books on Bhutan and enjoy reading it as you experience it.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE. WILL I NEED A WOOL SWEATER?
If you are travelling on our group tour in March, the weather will be cool to cold in Thimpu, Paro and Phobjika. Bring
woollens and layers. The Punakha valley will be milder so some lighter layers will be useful as well.
Refer to our Weather guidelines in the Country Guidelines in your tour pack that you will receive upon booking.

DO I NEED TO DRESS CONSERVATIVELY?
Yes, Burma is a very conservative country and revealing clothing will draw unwanted attention to yourself, whether
you are a male or female. ¾ trousers for women are acceptable in general except when visiting Dzongs when you
will need full length pants/skirt. Men will need a collared shirt to visit Dzongs.

SHOULD I WEAR CLOSED IN SHOES TO PROTECT MY FEET FROM THE DIRT?
In the cooler months, you may want to have closed in shoes because of the weather. Our group tour is in March and
chilly temperatures mean you will want to wear warm closed-in shoes.