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COVID-19 travel restrictions: Bhutan

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This article was published on June 1, 2022, and all the information in the article is correct as of this time. Before you book your trip, we highly recommend that you also check official sources for the most up-to-date travel requirements, as they are subject to constant change.

Can I enter Bhutan?

Presently, Bhutan is open to travelers provided that they follow several COVID-19 restrictions that are in place. Take your time to learn the regulations below.

Please make sure to complete a Registration Form before traveling. 

Bhutanese young woman wearing a kira (national dress) standing in front of prayer wheels in monastery of Bhutan — ShutterstockBe Covid-ready for Bhutan — Shutterstock

Can I enter Bhutan if I am vaccinated?

You can enter Bhutan if you are vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated if you have received both doses of a vaccination at least 14 days before entering Bhutan.

As of April 2022, there are three vaccines approved in Bhutan:

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • Covishield

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

If you are vaccinated, present both documents in a printed out version:

  • A vaccination certificate 
  • The result of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival 

Can I enter Bhutan if I am unvaccinated?

You can enter Bhutan if you are unvaccinated. 

Travel documents if you are unvaccinated

  • The result of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival

Please be aware that the recovery status from COVID-19 is not enough to enter Bhutan. You must present a negative COVID-19 test result regardless.

Can I leave Bhutan?

You can leave Bhutan. Please take your time to check the requirements of your destination country concerning permission for entry, COVID-19 tests, and quarantine. 

Travel documents if I am vaccinated

  • A certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19 in paper or electronic format

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated

  • A certificate of recovery from COVID-19 (no more than 180 days old before the day of crossing the border of a particular country)
  • A negative COVID-19 test result (the relevant period and kind of test may vary, please check the requirements of the destination country)

COVID-19 situation in Bhutan currently

Bhutan has been maintaining a strict zero-covid policy since the beginning of the disease outbreak. Since March 2022, a number of COVID-19 regulations have been lifted.

Buddhist Flags and Monastery in Thimpu, Bhutan — ShutterstockA Buddhist monastery in Thimpu — Shutterstock


Is it safe to travel to Bhutan right now?

Currently, Bhutan is a safe destination due to its strict zero-COVID-19 policy. However, you can ensure your safety if you follow basic regulations like wearing masks indoors and outdoors.

Is Thimphu open for travel?

Thimphu is open for travel. Please note that COVID-19 regulations in the capital are the same as countrywide. 

Do I have to quarantine if I go to Bhutan?

As of April 2022, all travelers are obliged to self-isolate for five days. 

How do I get a health pass to travel to Bhutan?

Presently, there are no health passes in Bhutan. 

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