• General Information
    • CAPITALThimphu

    • AREA38,394 square kilometres

    • TIME DIFFERENCE +6 hrs of GMT

  • Visa

    With the exception of visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives, all other visitors need a visa to visit Bhutan.

    Visas are processed through an online system by a licensed Bhutanese tour operator, directly or through a foreign travel agent. You are required to send the photo-page of your passport to us enabling us to apply for your visa, atleast 30 days prior to your arrival in Bhutan. The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday has been credited. Once received, the visa clearance usually takes 72 working hours.

    The remaining validity of passport should be at least 6 months from the date of entry into Bhutan (excluding the travelling month).

    Tourism Council of Bhutan issues Visa clearance letter closer to travelling date, which will be emailed/faxed, or provided to local travel agent. Travellers are required to produce aforesaid Visa clearance copy at the time of check-in for Druk Air flight while those entering Bhutan by surface via Phuentsholing or Samdrup Jonkhar, they are required to produce this Visa Clearance letter at the Immigration counter. Actual Visa is stamped on passport on arrival in Bhutan.

    Guests are required to have multiple entry Visa for India if they are travelling to Bhutan from India and again re-entering into India from Bhutan. Always carry the proof of Bhutan Travel (Druk air booking etc.) to provide when needed.

  • Airport & Customs

    Visitors are required to complete a passenger declaration form on arrival.

    The following articles are exempted from duty:-
    • Personal effects and articles for day to day use by the visitor
    • 01 litre of alcohol (spirits or wine)
    • 200 cigarettes, on payment of import duty of 200%
    • Instruments, apparatus or appliances for professional use
    • Photography equipment, video cameras and other electronic goods for personal use

    The articles mentioned under d) & e) must be declared on the declaration form. If any such items are disposed of in Bhutan by the sale of gift, they are liable for customs duty. On departure, visitors are required to surrender their forms to the Customs authorities.

    IMPORT / EXPORT RESTRICTIONS

    Import and Export of following goods are strictly prohibited:

    • Arms, ammunitions and explosives
    • All narcotics and drugs except medically prescribed drugs

    SMOKING REGULATIONS

    Smokers are required to declare the cigarettes at the airport/border immigration and pay 200% tax upon which they will be given a special permit to smoke strictly at designated areas only. The person is subject to prosecution if found smoking without a permit.

  • Health

    No vaccinations are necessary to travel to Bhutan, however, foreign tourists should be in possession of a Yellow Fever Vaccination certificate conforming to International health regulations, if they are originating or travelling through Yellow Fever endemic countries. In the case of arrival from a Cholera infected area then officials may ask for evidence of Cholera vaccination. Anti – malarial medication is recommended for all travellers to Bhutan who are visiting rural areas in the districts that border India.

    Travellers who plan to visit Bhutan should consult a physician about high-altitude travel. After a brief period of acclimatisation, most people do not suffer from altitude sickness; but elderly travellers or those with high blood pressure or heart conditions need to exercise caution at high altitudes.

  • Food & Water

    Avoid tap water and stick to Mineral water, easily available everywhere. Roads between cities are winding so medication for motion sickness is strongly recommended. Kindly carry an adequate supply of any prescribed medications while travelling.

  • Traveling Insurance

    Adequate travel insurance is important for your personal safety. Mountain and other adventure sports enthusiasts should have insurance that covers trekking, climbing and mountain biking.

  • Climate & Weather Chart

    Lowland nights are cold and temperatures can fall to freezing in the depths of winter. The monsoon rains arrive in June and last until September, bringing muggy, cloudy weather. Sunny weather lasts from October to mid-December and February to April. Winters can be very cold, but will often still be sunny and bright during the day. Skies tend to be clearer for mountain views between October and January.

    AVERAGE TEMPERATURE: (In Degree Celsius)

    PLACES

    JAN MAX MIN FEB MAX MIN MAR MAX MIN APR MAX MIN MAY MAX MIN JUN MAX MIN JUL MAX MIN AUG MAX MIN SEP MAX MIN OCT MAX MIN NOV MAX MIN DEC MAX MIN
    PARO 9.4 (-)5.8 13.4 1.5 14.5 0.6 17.6 4.6 23.5 10.6 25.4 14.1 26.8 14.9 25.3 14.7 23.4 11.7 18.7 7.4 13.9 1.4 11.2 (-)1.7
    THIMPHU 12.3 (-)2.6 14.4 0.6 16.4 3.9 20 7.1 22.5 13.1 14.4 15.2 18.9 13.4 25.0 15.8 23.1 15.0 21.9 10.4 17.9 5.0 14.5 (-)1.1
    PUNAKHA / WANGDUE PHODRANG 17.0 4.3 19.0 7.8 22.8 10.4 26.2 12.9 29.1 17.7 29.2 20.1 18.4 16.2 29.1 20.0 27.5 19.1 26.1 14.7 22.6 9.6 19.1 6.3
    TRONGSA 13.0 (-)0.2 13.9 0.4 16.7 4.4 20.1 6.6 21.0 11.6 22.2 13.6 25.3 15.3 23.8 15.0 22.6 14.2 21.8 11.7 19.8 6.4 18.2 2.5
    BUMTHANG 10.8 (-)5.1 10.0 (-)1.4 16.2 3.5 18.7 3.9 21.3 9.5 22.5 13.5 14.1 10.9 23.0 13.7 21.6 12.1 19.5 5.9 16.1 (-)0.5 12.3 (-)2.3
    MONGAR 15.5 8.2 15.9 8.3 20.0 11.6 22.8 14.0 25.1 17.4 26.1 19.5 16.1 15.8 25.4 19.6 24.7 19.4 22.7 15.8 19.9 11.2 25.7 9.5
    TASHIGANG 20.4 10.5 21.7 11.5 24.8 14.4 28.3 17.0 30.0 22.6 30.7 22.6 31.5 23.1 30.2 22.7 30.0 23.9 29.1 17.7 26.1 13.6 23.0 11.6

    Source: Meteorology Unit, Department of Power, Ministry of Trade and Industries, Thimphu, Telephone: 00975-2-323703

    Recommended Clothing

    During summers light to medium woollens and heavy woollen clothes during winter are advisable.

  • Religion & Social Customs

    It is recommended that you dress conservatively when you visit Bhutan, especially when you visit religious sites. This includes skirts or long pants for women and long shorts or trousers for men. Don't wear shorts when you are in public buildings or religious places, this could be seen as a sign of disrespect. Always take your footwear off when entering temples or religious sites.

    One has to wear temple socks while entering the monasteries and temples also has to wear collared shirts at Paro Dzong (Ta-Dzong). Hats need to be taken off while entering the religious sites.

    Avoid smoking while visiting the Dzongs, temples and Monasteries.

    Always walk in a clockwise direction while visiting religious places or objects like temples, monasteries, Stupas (chortens), prayer flags etc. Please do not point a finger at a sacred object or place. It is considered disrespectful.

  • Currency

    Ngultrum is the local currency of Bhutan. It is equal in value to the Indian Rupees, which is frequently used in place of Ngultrum. All major currencies like US Dollars, Sterling Pounds, Euros, Indian Rupees etc. and travellers’ cheque can be exchanged at the Paro Airport, Banks and Hotels.

    Credit Cards have limited acceptability, payment through credit card is accepted mainly by deluxe hotels, and few selected Handicrafts establishments only.

    There are ATMs in Bhutan but accept Visa, Master and Maestro Cirrus only. But they are not very reliable hence, Traveller’s checks/cash are the best options if you need additional money.

  • Electricity

    Electricity runs on 220/ 240 volts, with a circular two-pin and three-pin power outlets. For all electrical appliances that you bring with you, please carry the appropriate adapters.

  • Tipping

    Tipping is not compulsory in Bhutan and is at the discretion of the guests.

  • Recommended Packing List

    It is usually recommended to assemble a traveller’s medical kit appropriate to the destination, the length of trip and general health. On a tour in Bhutan, there are long drives, and roads are winding so medication for motion sickness is strongly recommended. One should also pack an adequate supply of any prescribed medications you may require while travelling.

  • Communication

    All major towns and cities have basic communication facilities, including phone, fax, and email service. Local and international calls can be made from all hotels and public phone booths for a fee. Cell phones with a Bhutanese SIM card can also be used in most urban places and some rural places as well and can be used with a commonly available pre-paid mobile voucher.

    Standard mail service in Bhutan is handled by Bhutan Post and is commonly found throughout the country.

    Internet facilities are continuously increasing in number and can be found in major cities and towns. Although many Internet cafes still rely on a dial-up connection, which can be very slow, high-speed wireless and broadband are available in certain areas.

    INTERNATIONAL DIALLING CODE
    +975