Bhutan is closed for tourism until further notice. Total 263 cases of novel coronavirus were detected in Bhutan. Nation-wide lockdown due to sporadic cases of community transmission was announced from 11th August and from 1st September it is getting gradually eased. No one died due to COVID-19 in Bhutan so far. Tourism restrictions in transit countries are another factor blocking travelers from coming to Bhutan. Read more detailed info in this FAQ! You can also register to get info when Bhutan reopens.
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.
Although Bhutan is located in the Himalayas, the main settlements like Paro, Thimphu or even Bumthang are in the elevations below 3000 meters which poses very little or no risk to health in regard of altitude sickness syndrome. Unless you are going for trekking above 3500 meters, you don’t need to worry at all. To read about the risk on Bhutanese treks, prevention and related topics, follow reading this post!