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Bhutan is a country that combines traditional Buddhist traditions with sustainability and development. The Bhutanese have restricted tourism, requiring travelers to pay hefty tariffs each day and make plans with local tour operators. But, this means that visiting the country provides a very genuine look at the culture.
The country is known for its environmental protection effort. This has lead to gorgeous national parks, forests, and snowy mountains to visit. In the cities, there are also dance festivals, textiles, and handcrafts to admire.
A visit to Bhutan will be an experience unlike any other.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Bhutan. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Bhutan: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, and influenza.
Japanese encephalitis is a serious risk in Bhutan. Even one bite can end a trip. Be sure to receive a vaccine before your trip. Dengue is also present in Bhutan. Mosquito repellents and netting can help protect against both infections.
See our vaccinations page to learn more about these infections and vaccines. Ready to protect yourself? Book your travel health appointment today by calling or schedule online now.
A passport and visa are required to enter Bhutan. Your trip also be through a licensed tour operator. Your visa will only be issued if your trip is booked in this way.
Travelers must pay $40 and provide two passport photos upon arrival.
For more information, see our Bhutan visa page. Or contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
The climate in Bhutan varies based on altitude. In the north, there are mountains rising up to 7,000 m where the weather can be cold, like the arctic. In central Bhutan, there are warm summers and cool, dry winters. In southern Bhutan, the weather is hot and humid during the summer, but cool during the winter. The summer monsoons occur from late-June to late-September. They bring heavy rains to the southern border of Bhutan.
There is very little crime in Bhutan. Petty crime, such as pick-pocketing, does occur, but is rare. Burglaries, thefts, and assaults related to skin color, ethnicity, and religion have increased in recent years. Travelers should take reasonable precautions when visiting large cities. Avoid walking alone or traveling at night.
Paro Taktsang is a Himalayan Buddhist temple complex in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley. To reach the monastery requires climbing about 1,000 steps, but the view up the cliff is gorgeous. The monastery is made of white buildings and golden roofs. The interior of the temple has a gold-plated dome and and the hall of Thousand Buddhas has a large tiger statue. There are also eight caves, four of which are easy to access. It is a gorgeous and educational place to visit.
It’s important to make sure you have everything you may need for your trip to Bhutan. Be sure to include these items:
When traveling it is very helpful to find out exactly where the U.S. embassy or consulates are located. Keep the address written down in case you have a legal problem, you lose your passport, or you want to report a crime. Be sure to keep a copy of your passport with you in case you lose the original.
U.S. affairs within Bhutan are handled by the embassy in New Delhi, India:
U.S. Embassy New Delhi
New Delhi – 110021
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