Bank Transfer?

Bhutan centralizes tourism payments for all tourists needing a visa.

In other words, all tourists to Bhutan, regardless of which tour operator they chose, need to fully pay their journey in advance to the Bhutan National Bank in order to receive their visa:

  • Prior to your trip to Bhutan, you will be asked to wire the full payment for your holiday to the Tourism Council of Bhutan.
  • You must wire the tour payment calculated by your tour operator as well as USD 40 (one-time visa fee) to the Bhutan National Bank through one of their certified international partners with the Bhutanese tour operator specified as the ultimate beneficiary.
  • Please email the bank wire receipt copy to the local Bhutanese tour operator.

How does that work?

After selecting your perfect itinerary with us, we will send you a quote for the total sum of your stay.  We will include the USD40$ mentioned above.

By experience, you may need to give a phone call to your financial institution to help you achieve the wire.  Why?  Because the Bhutan National Bank uses an intermediary bank: the Standard Chartered Bank LTD.  This procedure is often not offered "out of the box" on internet banking websites.

  • In simple terms, you need to wire the money to the Standard Chartered Bank LTD
    • In that transfer, you will indicate that the receiver is the Beneficiary Bank : Bhutan National Bank
      • And the Ultimate Beneficiary will be Bhutan Kurukulle Adventures.

We apologize in advance for this complexity but this process has been put in place by the government and there are no alternatives.  Once again, this applies to any tourist wishing to visit Bhutan and in need of a visa.  You can review this procedure here, on the Tourism Council of Bhutan website.

This is the exact procedure to proceed with the payment

To transfer money to Bhutan National Bank, from any place outside Bhutan and India, please request your bank to remit money through:

Bhutan National Bank Ltd

  • Bank Address : Standard Chartered Bank Ltd.,
    (Correspondent Bank) One Madison Avenue, New York,
    NY 10010-3603
    SWIFT Code: SCBLUS33
    CHIPS ABA:,0256
    FED ABA: 026002561
    • Beneficiary Bank Account : 358-202-171-9001 (USD A/C)
      Beneficiary Bank : Bhutan National Bank, P.O Box 439,
      GPO Building, Chang Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
      • Beneficiary/Ultimate Beneficiary: Account No 0100016175001 of Bhutan Kurukulle Adventures
      • maintained with BNB, Thimphu, Bhutan.

All Tour Payments should be made in US$ (Dollars), and all payments should be routed through the above mentioned procedures.

You can get information about how you will get your visa here.