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Last verified: Tuesday, 24. November 2020 at 08:35 AM

Bhutan Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon Please reconsider your need to travel to Bhutan

Local Situation: 4.0 / 5

Please reconsider your need to travel to Bhutan. We detected travel advisories from 5 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 4.0 / 5

Bhutan shares land borders with China and China. For these countries, the individual warning index is 4 (China) and 3.9 (India).

Current informationen on Covid-19 in Bhutan

There are currently 386 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in Bhutan. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET).

There are currently no officially reported deaths related to this disease in Bhutan.

Source: www.ecdc.europa.eu

Advice scoring history for Bhutan

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Bhutan.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Bhutan from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 4.0 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Iaktta normal försiktighet - Det allmänna säkerhetsläget i Bhutan är gott.

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/BT

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Avoid non-essential travel.

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/bhutan

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Australia

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Bhutan has introduced a nationwide lockdown until further notice. The local authorities have closed schools, offices and commercial establishments, and will only allow authorised services to operate during the lockdown. If you're in Bhutan, stay home and ensure you've essential supplies to last at least 14 days. Monitor your health closely and contact ...

Source: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/asia/bhutan

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Do not travel to Bhutan due to COVID-19. Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.     The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 (Avoid Nonessential Travel) Travel Health Notice for Bhutan ...

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/bhutan-travel-advisory.html

Individual rating changes for Bhutan

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of Bhutan. Most recent events first.

Changes from August 7th 2020

The total rating for Bhutan changed from 3.2 to 4.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The United States government increased their existing warning for Bhutan to 5.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 1.0 (by +4.0).

Changes from March 22nd 2020

The total rating for Bhutan changed from 3.0 to 3.2. Here are the influencing details:

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The Canadian government issued a new warning for Bhutan with a rating of 4.0.

Changes from March 18th 2020

The total rating for Bhutan changed from 2.0 to 3.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government increased their existing warning for Bhutan to 5.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 4.0 (by +1.0).

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The Irish government increased their existing warning for Bhutan to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 1.0 (by +3.0).

Changes from March 15th 2020

The total rating for Bhutan changed from 1.3 to 2.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government issued a new warning for Bhutan with a rating of 4.0.

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for Bhutan changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Finnish government issued a new warning for Bhutan with a rating of 2.0.

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The Irish government issued a new warning for Bhutan with a rating of 1.0.

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The United States government issued a new warning for Bhutan with a rating of 1.0.

About Bhutan

Bhutan with its capital Thimphu is a country in Asia (Southern Asia), about one-half the size of Indiana (47,000 km²). The country is located Southern Asia, between China and India. The climate can be described as varies; tropical in southern plains; cool winters and hot summers in central valleys; severe winters and cool summers in Himalayas. The landscape is mostly mountainous with some fertile valleys and savanna. With a population of about 2.38 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Thimphu
Population about 2.38 million
Size 47.000 km²
Size comparable to about one-half the size of Indiana
Common languages Dzongkha
Currency Ngultrum (short: BTN)
Common voltage (electricity) 230V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900
International phone prefix +975
Internet Top Level Domain .bt
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 BT
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 BTN
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 64

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Bhutan is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • limited access to potable water
  • soil erosion

Natural hazzards

  • frequent landslides during the rainy season
  • violent storms from the Himalayas are the source of the country's Bhutanese name, which translates as Land of the Thunder Dragon

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Bhutan. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. alcoholic beverages
  2. calcium carbide
  3. cement
  4. processed fruits
  5. tourism
  6. wood products

Agriculture products

  1. citrus
  2. corn
  3. dairy products
  4. eggs
  5. rice
  6. root crops

Bhutanese Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Bhutan.

Export products

  1. calcium carbide
  2. cardamom
  3. cement
  4. dolomite
  5. electricity (to India)
  6. ferrosilicon
  7. gypsum
  8. steel rods/bars

Import products

  1. airplanes
  2. fuel
  3. lubricants
  4. machinery
  5. motor vehicles
  6. parts
  7. rice

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Bhutan?

Bhutan is currently rated at 4,0 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 5 official sources. Please reconsider your need to travel to Bhutan.

Is it safe to travel Bhutan in 2020?

The score is rather high (4,0) and you should avoid all non-essential travel to Bhutan. Maybe pick another location.

How many travel advisories do you know for Bhutan?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 5 individual sources for Bhutan.

What is the current Corona virus situation in Bhutan?

There are currently 386 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in Bhutan. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET). There are currently no officially reported deaths related to this disease in Bhutan.

What is the size of Bhutan?

Bhutan has a size of 47,000 km² or 18,147 mi² which is about one-half the size of Indiana.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.