International tourists already are imposed a fee of $250 (Rs 17,000) to enter Bhutan. However, the Fourth Bhutan Pay Commission report has recommended a Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) on regional tourists from nearby countries. Along with initiatives like standardising low budget hotels, they will also introduce a cap on the number of tourists and foreign vehicles entering the country.
While Bhutan is known for its serenity, the increasing number of tourists over the past three years has skyrocketed, making it touristy and overcrowded. In 2017, 1,70,000 tourists visited Bhutan, while the number escalated three times to 2,02,290 in 2018, according to Bhutan Tourism Monitor. This mass tourism has also led to the unavailability of hotels and accommodation with a lot of tourists entering for free.