Bhutan Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Import regulations:

Free import of:
1. personal effects for daily use;
2. 1 liter of alcohol (spirits or wine);
3. instruments or appliances for professional use;
4. photographic equipment, video cameras and other electronic equipment for personal use.
Commercial filming requires a permit, which can be processed though the tour agent. Further fees and surcharges may be levied.
5. One carton of 200 cigarettes is permitted for personal use but subject to tax of 200%.
All visitors are required to complete a customs form and hand it over to the customs authorities on arrival. All articles as mentioned in 3. and 4. must be declared on the customs form. If these items are disposed of in Bhutan (sale or gift), they become liable for customs duty.
Import of plants, soils etc. is subject to quarantine and these items must be declared on arrival. More information can be obtained at the Tourism Authority of Bhutan (TAB) in Thimphu. Tel: 975 2 23251/2. Fax: 975 2 23695.
explosives and military equipment;
2. all narcotics and drugs (exempt are medically prescribed drugs);
3. antiques.

Arms and Ammunition regulations:

Import Permit required from the Royal Bhutan Police.

Wild Fauna and Flora:

Prohibited: Import and export of wildlife products, especially those of endangered species.
For further details please refer to CITES:

Export regulations:

Free export of the same articles/quantities as imported.
1. arms, ammunition, explosives and military equipment;
2. all narcotics and drugs (exempt are medically prescribed drugs);
3. all wildlife products, especially from endangered species;
4. antiques. Visitors can not export any old/used items out of the country without a certificate proving the item being non-antique.

Baggage Clearance regulations:

Information not available yet.


Currency Import regulations:

Same regulations as for export apply.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency is Bhutan Ngultrum - BTN. However, Indian Rupee (INR) is also in use.
Foreign currency: up to a max. of USD 10,000.- (or equivalent). Foreign hard currency like USD, JPY, GBP, EUR, CHF, AUD, HKD, SGD will be acceptable at the Bank of Bhutan.

Airport Tax

No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.

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