Payment Information | Travel to Bhutan

Payment Procedure

All tour Payment shall be done only in US Dollars by wire transfer not by personal cheque or bank draft.

Tour payment and Druk Air payment are done in advance to TCB. In all cases, the name of the local tour agents like ZoPa Adventure Travel shall be clearly stated. The advance payment system will give enough time for the Royal Government of Bhutan to clear your visa formalities (which are done only after the payment is received) and to have a confirmed Druk Air seats during peak seasons as Bhutan has only two airplanes.

During Peak Seasons, it is advisable to make your payment in much in advance. This is to enable us to make a confirmed booking for you on the airline, since seats are in high demand during these months.

The payment system is initiated by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (Government) to make sure that none of the travel agents misuses money before the arrival of the guest. The payment sent by our clients are all wired through New York City Bank. After receiving the payment, the full amount has to be deposited directly to Department of Tourism who then authorizes Immigration Department to issue visa clearance letter for our clients.

Few Shops and hotels accept credit cards and all credit card transactions take extra time and are not convenient like cash and travelers cheque. There is no ATM facility in Bhutan. The safest way to transfer money is through wire or bank transfer to our company’s account maintained with Bhutan National Bank.

Please note that Bank of Bhutan deducts $10 from each payment as their service charge. Wiring charges from the other end has to be borne by the agent abroad. To Transfer money to Bhutan National Bank, Thimphu from any place outside Bhutan and India, please request your bank to remit money as follows :

  1. Beneficiary : Bhutan National Bank, P.O.Box 439, Thimphu, Bhutan
  2. Account no : 36023474
  3. Bank Address : CITI Bank N.A 111 Wall Street, 19th floor New York, NY 10046
  4. Swift Code : CITIUS 33
  5. Chips Routing no. : 008
  6. Ultimate Beneficiary : Account no 27906001 of ZoPa Adventure Travel maintained with BNB, Thimphu. C/O Kinlay Lemo Dorji.