Bhutan entry rules amid COVID-19

Following page summarizes entry conditions which need to be met by the visitors willing to come to Bhutan as of 13 August 2022.

Tourism rules below will become obsolete from 23 September 2022 when tourism is expected to be fully reopen, quarantine lifted and land border open. However, some regulations might remain even after that date. We will update new regulations once it's disclosed.

Group in Dochu-la
Before departure

  • Visas or permits and all tour arrangements can only be processed through Bhutanese tour operator like Firefox Tours.
  • Only arrivals by flight are allowed for time being. Land border remains closed for tourism purposes.
  • Check if you are eligible to transit through India, Thailand, Nepal, or Singapore or other transit country.
  • Health insurance with coverage of COVID-19 treatment is compulsory.
  • PCR or any other test or vaccination certificate is not required.

Hotel quarantine & testing protocol

  • Quarantine has to be spent in hotel facility with Clean & Safe Plus certification. Firefox Tours uses Hotel Olathang in Paro due to its attentive service, large and naturally beautiful compound and good food.
  • 24 hours quarantine is compulsory for vaccinated travelers.
  • Unvaccinated travelers need still to follow 5 days quarantine.
  • Swab for PCR test is conducted on the point of entry. Traveler is released from quarantine when negative result is delivered.
  • Visitors are allowed to move freely around the quarantine hotel compound.
  • Couples and co-travelers are allowed to share double/twin room.

Costs of quarantine

  • Quarantine hotel and the meal cost is paid by the visitor. Price depends on hotel and room type.
  • Quarantine cost is currently approximately 75/100 USD (single/double) per night inclusive of 3 meals a day in Deluxe Cottage in Hotel Olathang.
  • Total 1 night need to be booked and paid for quarantine. (5 days for unvaccinated.)
  • Any extra meals or drinks ordered from hotel or from outside are to be paid by visitor themselves.
  • Test costs 500 Nu (~8 USD) and is payable on the spot when swab is taken.
  • Visitor are exempted from paying Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) during quarantine.

After the quarantine

  • After the quarantine, visitors are allowed to travel around Bhutan. You can only sleep and eat in Clean & Safe certified properties, which are currently available in most places frequented by tourists.
  • Other travel limitations might occur as per actual COVID-19 situation.
  • Standard costs for tourism services (accommodation, vehicle, guide, meals etc.) will apply including the SDF.
  • All mandated protective measures has to be followed by the visitor during the stay and travel in Bhutan.

Should you come?

With 24 hours maximum quarantine time for vaccinated, burden is becoming bearable for convinced visitor.

Follow our Bhutan tourism & COVID-19 FAQ for further details or register to get info when Bhutan relaxes its entry rules further

Last update: 13 August 2022

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