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Bhutan Reopens to Tourists Willing to Pay $200-a-Day Visitor Tax

Sept. 23, 2022, 10:28 AM

One of the world’s most remote and exotic travel destinations, Bhutan, reopened its borders to tourists on Friday, but with a catch: a $200-per-night tax.

The tiny Himalayan kingdom of fewer than 800,000 people, sandwiched between China and India, has increased its Sustainable Development Fee from $65 a night as part of a “renewed focus of sustainability” in the government’s strategy to attract “high value, low volume” tourism.

The landlocked nation, known for its Buddhist monasteries, preserved culture and lofty mountain peaks, has long shunned mass tourism. Leisure travelers were banned from entering the country until 1974, and before the ...