Bhutan Travel Information
Bhutan, with its pure nature and distinctive culture,
is an exciting destination. The Bhutanese Ministry of
Tourism has a set minimum daily tariff for visitors to
Bhutan. The price includes accommodation, all meals,
transport, guide and cultural program if possible. The
daily rate is $ 200 or $ 250, depending on the season.
There is no Norwegian foreign service station in Bhutan.
The nearest Norwegian foreign service is the embassy in
There is no Norwegian foreign service station in
Bhutan, the nearest Norwegian foreign service station is
the embassy in New Delhi. As the Norwegian Foreign
Service has no posted official on site, it is
challenging to obtain supplementary travel information
from here. We recommend that you read our general advice
and obtain information about the destination before
It is illegal to buy and sell tobacco products in
Bhutan. It is possible to import 200 cigarettes by
paying tax and import duty of 200 per cent. You must be
able to produce a receipt from the Customs Service if
you are stopped by the police with cigarettes, if you do
not risk being taken for smuggling, which has a sentence
of up to three years in prison.
Homosexuality is criminalized in Bhutan, but it is a
dormant law and so far no one has been charged for this
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
You need a visa to enter Bhutan. Visas must be
applied for through an authorized travel agency in
Bhutan, either directly or through a foreign travel
operator. The visa will be issued when the entire trip
is paid. The standard processing time is ten business
- Countryaah: Thimphu is the capital
of Bhutan. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
If you are traveling on a non-tourist basis to
Bhutan, you must apply for a visa through the
organization you are visiting. One cannot buy air ticket
to Bhutan until a visa has been issued.
Tourists can only reach Bhutan by bus or car via the
Indian border crossings Phuentsholing, Samdrup Jongkhar
and Gelephu or by plane to Paro from Thailand, Nepal or
You can only fly to Bhutan with the national airline
Druk Air or Bhutan Airways. The airlines fly from
Calcutta and New Delhi in India, from Bangkok in
Thailand and from Kathmandu in Nepal. The airlines fly
several times a week from these destinations to Paro
Airport in Bhutan.
The flight to Bhutan offers a magnificent view of the
Himalayan mountain range, and the approach gives you a
feeling of almost touching the mountain before landing
in Paro, which is at 2200 meters altitude.
The Bhutanese Ministry of Tourism has a set minimum
daily tariff for all visitors to Bhutan. The price
includes accommodation, all meals, transport, guide and
cultural program if possible. The daily rate is $ 200 or
$ 250, depending on the season.
Coronavirus (covid-19): The virus,
which originated in the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province,
China, was later detected in several other countries. On
March 5, the first case of the virus was detected in
Bhutan. In response, the Bhutan authorities, with effect
from March 6, decided to refuse entry for foreigners.
Norwegian travelers should keep abreast of the
development of the corona virus. Feel free to follow
local authorities' advice, guidance and instructions on
how to deal with the situation.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not create
travel advice because of the risk of infection. It is
the Public Health Institute that provides health
professional travel advice. You can find more
information and guidance about the corona virus from
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
There are currently no compulsory vaccinations for
travelers to Bhutan. But yellow fever vaccination is
required from travelers coming from countries at risk of
It is recommended to contact your doctor and/or the
National Institute of Public Health for an overview of
which vaccines are recommended for your itinerary.
Bhutan is geographically the size of Switzerland,
with about 763,000 inhabitants. The country borders
India and China. It is a constitutional monarchy that
held its first democratic elections in 2008. Third
parliamentary elections took place in October 2018. The
election gave victory to the party Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa,
who won 30 of the 47 seats in the House of Commons.
Prime Minister is now Lotay Tshering.
Major cities: Thimphu (capital), Punakha, Tsirang and
Paro where Bhutan International Airport is located.
Language: Dzongkha has the status of national language.
Nepali is spoken in border areas towards Nepal
Land area: 47,000 km 2
Population growth: 1.13 percent
Time difference to Norway: 5 hours (winter time), 4
hours (summer time)
International telephone code: + 975
Wifi is available in most hotels
Bhutan's currency is called Ngultrum and is governed
by the value of the Indian rupee. Ngultrum cannot be
exchanged from Norway. Indian rupee, on the other hand,
is also accepted as a means of payment in Bhutan. It is
possible to use credit cards in an increasing number of
hotels and in some stores. Many government agencies only
accept cash payment. Only a few of the capital's ATMs
accept international cards. It is recommended and bring
Indian rupee, US dollar, British pound or euro in the
form of cash or traveler's checks.
Information about Bhutan can be found on the
country's tourist sites.