Bhutan will reopen for travelers and visitors after all the people in Bhutan are vaccinated. The mass vaccination drive for Covid-19 in Bhutan is scheduled for March 2021.

It has been indicated by the Tourism Council Of Bhutan that Bhutan will reopen for travel by July 2021 and if the country is not able to open by July, the next target is to open by September 2021.

Following are are some of the guidelines that a traveler must agree to while applying for visa and while traveling Bhutan. Documents and other Covid-19 related requirements to visit Bhutan in 2021 are:

Pre-arrival:

The following documents must be submitted to TCB as pre-entry requirements for visa application:

  1. Copy of travel insurance. Tourists should have availed fully covered travel or health insurance certificate and must cover the COVID-19 treatment and quarantine expenses.
  2. Certificate of COVID-19 vaccination or RT-PCR negative certificate at least
    72 hours before the departure from the country of residence.

On-Arrival:

  1. Certificate of COVID-19 vaccination should be produced at the airport prior to boarding and upon arrival.
  2. A COVID-19 Negative test certificate (RT-PCR) must be produced at the airport issued 72 hours before departure from country of residence prior to boarding and upon arrival.
  3. Tourists must follow the airport screening procedures and tourists with signs and symptoms related to COVID-19 shall be subjected to follow Ministry of Health screening protocol.
  4. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is essential for the travel. Therefore, the tourist may either carry his/her own PPE or Tour Operator must arrange one.

During The Stay:

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the movement of tourists shall be strictly limited to the travel itineraries approved in the visa and identified places. It is advised to avoid crowds and tourists must wear face masks and follow health protocols while on tour. All the tourist attractions and service providers shall be certified as “Clean and Safe”

Departure:

To ensure the tourists are safe and free of Coronavirus, a tourist shall take PCR test or rapid test at least 48 hours ahead of the departure as required by the country of destination or as determined by the Health TAC team.

Post- Departure:

For the welfare of the traveler, tour operators in Bhutan are requested to inform the status of the tourists to the Tourism Council of Bhutan.

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