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Bhutan travel restrictions

Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: no Quarantine: yes
Airlines Updates

04.09.2020 Druk Air during the month of September 2020 continues to operate limited schedule, based on the airline’s schedule update. Planned operation as of 01SEP20 as follows.

Paro – Bangkok 1 weekly A319 (Additional flight scheduled on 12SEP20 and 26SEP20)
Paro – Bumthang – Gelephu – Paro ATR42 operates on 09SEP20, 23SEP20
Paro – Gelephu – Bumthang – Paro ATR42 operates on 02SEP20, 16SEP20, 30SEP20
Paro – Yonphula 1 weekly ATR42

Planned domestic operation is subject to current lockdown situation.

Published on 02.06.2020
Druk Air Royal Bhutan Airlines June 2020 operations as of 01JUN20

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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Bhutan
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Bhutan.
  • This does not apply to nationals of Bhutan.
  • Passengers travelling to Bhutan must hold a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test certificate obtained within 72 hours prior to departure to Bhutan.
  • Nationals of India, who are migrant workers, may enter Bhutan with a negative rapid antigen test if they do not have access to RT-PCR testing.
  • Passengers must quarantine for 21 days on arrival in Bhutan.
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Flight Restrictions

published 04.08.2020

Entry restrictions
Passengers with a visa, a residence permit or other immigration permits issued by Bhutan are not allowed to enter Bhutan if they arrive from or have visited or transited through a Coronavirus (COVID-19) affected country.

Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site.

All travellers, including Bhutanese nationals, who are able to enter the country are subject to mandatory quarantine in a facility for 21 days.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification not required / not known.

Thermal screening on arrival.

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: no
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Malaria (2019)
Malaria risk exists throughout the year in the southern belt of the country, which comprises seven districts:
Chukha, Dagana, Pemagatshel, Samdrup Jongkhar, Samtse, Sarpang and Zhemgang. No transmission occurs
in the four following districts: Bumthang, Gasa, Paro and Thimphu. Seasonal transmission during the rainy
summer months occurs in focal areas in the rest of the country.
WHO recommended prevention in risk areas and seasons: C

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Full Restrictions

  • Bhutan The Bhutan government has begun a relaxation of the nationwide lockdown starting 5:00 a.m. local time on 1 September. (Xinhua, 01.09.2020)

    *****Intrnational Restrictions
    Borders are closed. All visitors (except nationals of Bangladesh, India and the Maldives) must obtain visa clearance from Thimphu before coming to Bhutan. Foreigners, with the exception of citizens from India, Bangladesh and the Maldives nationals, may only enter or depart the country through certain towns such as Phuntsoling, Samdrup Jongkhar and Gelephug (by road) or Paro (by air). Flights repatriating stranded nationals are allowed.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    The Bhutan government has begun a relaxation of the nationwide lockdown starting 5:00 a.m. local time on Tuesday 1 September. The nationwide lockdown was imposed on 11 August.
    The lockdown would be eased in a phased manner in a period of 10 days. Phase one starts from Tuesday 1 September, where people are allowed to do essential activities such as walking, cycling and shopping within their localities. People were urged to wear face masks. Further easing will be carried out in phase two from 4 to 6 September, where movement of public transport within the districts will be allowed.
    It will be followed by phase three, which allows movement of vehicles beyond the district with prior permission from police.
    The lifting of lockdown will not be applicable to southern border towns that are considered high-risk areas. People living in these towns will be issued movement cards, which allows them to move within the designated zones.

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    01.09.2020
  • Bhutan Paro International Airport remains closed as country begins first nationwide lockdown. (Jakarta Post, 11.08.2020)

    *****Intrnational Restrictions
    Borders are closed. All visitors (except nationals of Bangladesh, India and the Maldives) must obtain visa clearance from Thimphu before coming to Bhutan. Foreigners, with the exception of citizens from India, Bangladesh and the Maldives nationals, may only enter or depart the country through certain towns such as Phuntsoling, Samdrup Jongkhar and Gelephug (by road) or Paro (by air). Flights repatriating stranded nationals are allowed.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    Bhutan authorities announce nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19 on 11 August. All schools, institutions, offices and commercial establishments will remain closed.
    Bhutan has put measures in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Travel outside of Thimphu, Paro, and Punakha remain limited. Press Release of 27 March from the Office of the Prime Minister obliges compliance with preventative social distancing measures.

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    11.08.2020
  • Bhutan *****Intrnational Restrictions
    Borders are closed. All visitors (except nationals of Bangladesh, India and the Maldives) must obtain visa clearance from Thimphu before coming to Bhutan. Foreigners, with the exception of citizens from India, Bangladesh and the Maldives nationals, may only enter or depart the country through certain towns such as Phuntsoling, Samdrup Jongkhar and Gelephug (by road) or Paro (by air).

    *****Internal Restrictions
    Bhutan has put measures in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Travel outside of Thimphu, Paro, and Punakha remain limited. Press Release of 27 March from the Office of the Prime Minister obliges compliance with preventative social distancing measures.

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    26.06.2020
  • Bhutan Bhutan has closed its borders. Flight operations are significantly reduced.
    All travellers, including Bhutanese nationals, who are permitted to enter the country are subject to mandatory quarantine in a facility for 21 days. They will have to submit an online form found at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Travellers with a travel history to COVID-19 affected countries within 14 days prior to arrival are requested to report to the health desk at the point of entry. Borders with neighbouring countries are closed.
    Re-entry of foreign travellers holding valid visas, work permits, or other immigration permits travelling to Bhutan with travel history to any COVID-19 affected countries is suspended.

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    01.06.2020
  • Bhutan Bhutan has closed its borders. Flight operations are significantly reduced. All travellers, including Bhutanese nationals, who are permitted to enter the country are subject to mandatory quarantine in a facility for 21 days. They will have to submit an online form found at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Travellers with a travel history to COVID-19 affected countries within 14 days prior to arrival are requested to report to the health desk at the point of entry. Borders with neighbouring countries are closed. Re-entry of foreign travellers holding valid visas, work permits, or other immigration permits travelling to Bhutan with travel history to any COVID-19 affected countries is suspended.

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    27.05.2020
  • Bhutan Bhutan has closed its borders. Bhutanese citizens may enter the country but will be held under mandatory quarantine. Essential services like food, medicine, and fuel may still enter the country.

    International restrictions:

    All travellers, including Bhutanese nationals, who are permitted to enter the country are subject to mandatory quarantine in a facility for 21 days. All travellers re-entering into Bhutan will have to submit an online form found at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Travellers with a travel history to COVID-19 affected countries within 14 days prior to arrival are requested to report to the health desk at the point of entry. Re-entry of foreign travellers holding valid visas, work permits, or other immigration permits travelling to Bhutan with travel history to any COVID-19 affected countries is suspended until further notice. All Bhutanese nationals travelling out of Bhutan will have to submit an online form found at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

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    25.05.2020
  • Bhutan 1. Visa on arrival is suspended.
    2. Passengers with a visa, work permit or other immigration permits issued by Bhutan are not allowed to enter Bhutan if they arrive from or have visited or transited through a Coronavirus (COVID-19) affected country.

    All travellers re-entering into Bhutan will have to submit an online form found at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
    Travellers with a travel history to COVID-19 affected countries within 14 days prior to arrival are requested to report to the health desk at the point of entry.
    Re-entry of foreign travellers holding valid visas, work permits, or other immigration permits travelling to Bhutan with travel history to any COVID-19 affected countries is suspended until further notice.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source OSAC Travel Advisories
    Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information
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