The rules and rates for filming in Bhutan differ from that of the normal treks and tours. Tourists or professionals’ intent on filming in Bhutan must abide by the Bhutan Filming Regulations, 1995, available with implementing agency, the Tourism Council of Bhutan.
(The regulation does not apply to feature and cinematographic films)
Applications for a filming permit must be submitted to the Tourism Authority of Bhutan at least 30 days in advance. The application must be accompanied by: Synopsis of the film – theme/ background/objective/purpose. Specific location/objects/activities. Composition of the team and list of equipment, accessories/consumables (members of the team will have to pay the full daily tourist tariff)
Letter of recommendation from sponsoring agency (Application forms can be obtained from the Tourism Authority of Bhutan on payment of Nu.300 or equivalent of US$ 10)
- First 30 minutes or part thereof – US$ 10,000.
- Next 30 minutes or part thereof – US$ 60,000.
- Every additional 30 minutes or part thereof – US$ 3000
In addition a security deposit of US$ 5,000 must be deposited with the Tourism Authority of Bhutan. This deposit will be refunded upon completion of the film to the satisfaction of the Tourism Authority of Bhutan.