Travel Advice for The Bhutan
Bhutan
Capital: Thimphu

Time Zone GMT + 6
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 975
IDD: International Direct Dialling is Restricted to main town areas
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Not available at present.
Tourist
Information
Tourism Authority of Bhutan, P.O.Box.126, Thimpu, Bhutan, Tel: (2) 23251/2. Fax: (2) 23695, Bhutan Yod Sel Tours and Treks, PO Box 574, Thimpu, Bhutan, Tel: (2) 23912 Fax (2) 23589.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all. Return Ticket required. Requirements may be subject to short-term change. Contact the relevant authority before departure.
Visa
Information
Visa required by all except for nationals of India. Tourists must pay a minimum sum in Bhutan (about 220 US dollars) NOTE: There are two ways of entering Bhutan, by air to Paro Airport or by road to the Bhutanese border town of Phuntosholing. All travellers entering by road must ensure they have the necessary documentation for transiting through India.
Health
Information
Polio and Typhoid: Vaccination Recommended.
Malaria : Exists throughout the year in the Southern belt. Resistance to chloroquine has been reported in the falciparum variety of the disease.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required if coming from an infected area.
Other Health Risks: Cholera, Rabies, Meningitis. Altitude sickness affects some tourists. Medical facilities are very limited in Bhutan.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency 1 Ngultrum (NU) = 100 chetrum (Ch).
Exchange: Leading foreign currencies can be exchanged at the Bank of Bhutan. Major hotels may also exchange currency.
Amex and Diners Club have a very limited acceptance. Traveller's cheques can be exchanged at the Bank of Bhutan branches.
ATM availability: Unavailable.
Cost of
Living
Caters for all budgets, but predominantly very inexpensive. Accommodation varies from hotels in the capital to guesthouses and cottages elsewhere.
Languages Dzongkha is the official language. A large number of local dialects are spoken due to the isolation of many villages. Nepali is common in the South of the country.
Weather June - Aug: The temperatures drop dramatically as this is the monsoon period. Nights are cold. Generally Oct, Nov and Apr - mid Jan are the best times to visit when rainfall is slight and temperatures are pleasant.
Electricity 220 volts Ac, 50 Hz.
Post Airmail to Europe can take up to 2 weeks.
Transport ROAD: The country has a fairly good internal road network. The Northern regions of the High Himalayas have no roads.
YAKS/PONIES/MULES: The main form of transportation.
DOCUMENTATION: IDP is required.
Special
Information
Due to the high terrain altitude sickness would be a problem for some and medical evacuation is difficult. Tourists are required to pay a minimum daily sum (aprox. US$ 220.) Religion has a strong influence on traditional ways of life. Travel to the country has been restricted to visitors for many years and some areas are closed to foreigners. The country must be entered via India or Bangladesh.