Bhutan imposes Rs 1,200 daily fee on Indian tourists

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Bhutan’s lower house on Monday passed legislation that makes it mandatory for visitors from India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives to pay a fee of Rs 1200 per day for its “sustainable development” from July this year.

The Himalayan kingdom, which is concerned about its ecology and environment, decided to impose the fee following an increase in Indian tourists. There was a ten per cent hike in the number of tourists from the three countries who visited Bhutan in 2018.

The Bhutanese authorities have assured the Indian government that “tourists from India would not be inconvenienced in the course of the implementation of the new regulation”.