Bhutan requires one to spend $200+ per day in order to receive a tourist visa.

Is there a way around this restriction for non-Indian citizens? The comments in the linked post mention two options:

  1. Getting an invitation. However it's not clear if it's easy to find someone to do it for you. For countries such as Uzbekistan there's usually a ton of individuals willing to help.
  2. Applying to volunteer. If this is easier than getting an invitation, where could one locate such jobs?
  • I kinda feel like your points 1 and 2 address the title, but I can't think of a better way to describe it ;)
    – Mark Mayo
    Sep 8, 2015 at 10:28
  • In the interest of completeness I'd add that it's not just Indian citizens who avoid the minimum spend: citizens of Bangladesh or the Maldives do too. Sep 23, 2016 at 23:18

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So since you have to basically go on a tour (unless you volunteer), it's fairly easy to get a visa - see The Bhutan Visa Myth. Book a tour and they'll sort the visa for you. Another example on onestep4ward.com.

Volunteering is certainly possible, and a quick google reveals many who have done it. I'll try and indicate different examples, as each might be harder or easier for future readers.

Many other such sites would exist as well, google certainly showed many more. What's important, however, as the last blog post pointed out is that you should only volunteer to actually contribute something towards their country, not just to avoid a tourist fee. Of course, if you can succeed in doing both, everyone wins!

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