Bhutan is closed for tourism until further notice. National lockdown due to detected community transmission is now in place. Total 854 cases of novel coronavirus were detected and just 1 person died due to COVID-19 in Bhutan so far. Tourism restrictions in transit countries are another factor blocking travelers from coming. Read more about novel coronavirus crisis in this detailed FAQ! You can also register to get info when Bhutan reopens.
While Bhutan tourism reopening plans remains unclear, the future outlook is quite bright and nice. 2021 will mark the end of the COVID-19 pandemic and tourism will return to the much anticipated “new normal”, whatever that actually means. Read below our thoughts and expectations how this will unfold and keep hoping with us, that nothing can hamper the recovery.
We got several inquiries from people who did pay for their tour to Bhutanese tour operators, often several thousands US dollars, and had to cancel due to COVID-19 pandemic. Now they are struggling to get their money back. Some tour operators stopped communicating, some did say that they only can provide voucher for tour in 2021 or gave other doubtful excuse. Given the long duration of the pandemic with no end in sight, most travelers want to get their money back now, and we are here to help with that!
Coronavirus crisis is unprecedented blow for tourism, especially in Bhutan, where it directly employs over 50 thousands people, almost 7 percent of the population. So far, Bhutanese are coping well with the disruptions, waiting for tourism to bounce back. Each of us in Firefox Tours, wrote you some few words about our experience of COVID-19 crisis and lockdown, so you can get picture how the crisis is affecting our lives. Thank you for your interest and care! We are longing to welcome you in Bhutan again soon!
Bhutanese people love their King unconditionally. However, with Covid-19 crisis, their embrace of the monarchy reached totally new levels. His Majesty ordered the government to prevent even single death in Bhutan by novel coronavirus and toured around the country to oversee proper preventive measures implemented in it’s every corner. People’s responses on social media were overwhelming with hundreds of charming graphics being created and posted to express their respect and gratitude. We collected some of the most accomplished pictures, and we also explain why the King of Bhutan is so candidly and heartily loved.