What is SDF?
The Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) is a daily levy paid by visitors to support Bhutan’s development. Since the kingdom first opened its doors in 1974, guests have played a critical role in our country’s growth.
The SDF is collected by the national exchequer and funds are allocated to various projects that create long-term, sustainable opportunities for the Bhutanese people, through free healthcare, education and training, upskilling the tourism and hospitality industry, improved infrastructure, environmental preservation, and conservation, cultural preservation programs and initiatives that support local businesses and economies. The SDF is also a vital means of maintaining the exceptional forest cover and carbon neutrality for which our small nation is world-renowned and globally critical. The SDF also helps us to ensure that we can continue to offer guests tranquillity and an intimate experience.
How Much is the SDF?
As of 8th November 2023:
The SDF is USD 100 per night for adults from all countries except for India. Children aged between 6 years and who have not yet turned 12 are eligible to pay USD 50 per night. Children who have not yet turned 6 years old do not have to pay any SDF.
The SDF for Indian nationals (showing a valid Indian passport or Voter ID card) is Nu. 1,200 (or the equivalent amount in Indian rupees) per person, per night. Children aged between 6 years and who have not yet turned 12 are eligible to pay Nu./INR 600 per night. Children who have not yet turned 6 years old do not have to pay any SDF.
We will keep the SDF amount updated in this Blog. You can also visit DoT’s (Department of Tourism) website for more information
IS SDF FREE IN BORDER TOWNS OF BHUTAN?
For tourists traveling via road, the SDF is free for 24 hours in the border towns – Phuentsholing, Samtse, Gelephu, and Samdrupjonkhar. SDF will be applied for guests traveling past the border town (SDF free for 24 hrs in the border town).