Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US State Department currently recommends US citizens exercise normal precautions in Bhutan.

Passport/Visa Requirements

For the latest passport and visa requirements for this country, please consult the U.S. State Department’s “Learn About Your Destination” search tool, available through the link below.

US Embassy/Consulate

None; frequent informal contact is maintained via the US embassy in New Delhi (India) and Bhutan's Permanent Mission to the UN; US citizens may call US Dept of State (202)-501-4444 for emergencies; alternate contact is the US Embassy in India [91] (11) 2419-8000; US Embassy in New Delhi, Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110021, India

LGBTQIA+ Travelers

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

Ambulance: 110; Fire: 112; Police: 113


The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Bhutan: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, influenza, and COVID-19.


Varies; tropical in southern plains; cool winters and hot summers in central valleys; severe winters and cool summers in Himalayas

Currency (Code)

Ngultrum (BTN)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

230 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): C, D, G

Plug Type CPlug Type DPlug Type G

Major Languages

Sharchhopka, Dzongkha, Lhotshamkha

Major Religions

Lamaistic Buddhist, Indian-and Nepali-influenced Hinduism, other

Time Difference

UTC+6 (11 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)

Potable Water

Opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Rinpung Dzong; Chele La Pass; Buddha Dordenma Statue; Dochu La Pass; Paro Taktsang (Tiger's Nest); Phobjikha Valley

Major Sports

Archery, digor (resembles shot put and horseshoe throwing)

Cultural Practices

Shaking hands is not Bhutanese custom but is becoming more widely accepted in larger towns. A formal greeting would be to bow with our hands stretched out in front of you open with your palms facing up. Cover up - dress modestly.

Tipping Guidelines

A 10% tip is common at restaurants and bars unless a 10% service charge is already added. If hiring a taxi for the day, a tip of 300-500 ngultrums is common. It is also common to tip porters $1-2 (USD) per bag and to tip tour staff $50-80 (USD) at the end of a tour.


Carved wooden masks, Thangkas art, woven woolen cloth and native garments, prayer flags, handmade paper

Traditional Cuisine

Ema datshi — hot chili peppers and cheese curd made from cow or yak's milk; often served with rice

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Wednesday, June 19, 2024