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Bhutan's “sustainable development fee” (SDF)

  • Category
    Miscellaneous
  • Published
    20th Feb, 2020

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

Context

  • Ending decades of free entry to Indian tourists visiting Bhutan, the government in Thimphu has decided to levy a daily ?1,200 ($17) fee for “regional tourists” from India, the Maldives and Bangladesh, beginning July 2020.
  • The fee, called a Sustainable Development Fee (SDF), is meant to help the government deal with burgeoning numbers in tourist traffic, which it is seeking to regulate through a new tourism policy.
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