Is Bhutan Open for Tourists 2021?

Updates on Covid-19: Is Bhutan Open for Tourism?

As of 11 August 2021, Bhutan is currently open to tourists. Travelling to Bhutan is currently allowed but the Bhutan government has implemented several criteria for all incoming tourists.

What are the travel restrictions in Bhutan? How to visit Bhutan during the pandemic?

  1. You need to book your trip through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator.
  2. Bear charges for the 21 days quarantine (food and room).
  3. Pay a Sustainable Development Fee of USD65 per person per night for the 21 days.
  4. Entry is only for those travelling to Bhutan by air.
  5. Minimum Daily Package Rate will be applicable for the entire tour duration after your quarantine.
  6. Bear the cost for all COVID-19 tests.
  7. You need to follow the COVID-19 protocol and TCB guidelines when you’re in Bhutan.
  8. 8. You need to purchase travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage.
  9. Produce a COVID-19 negative RT-PCR test certificate by a certified laboratory no more than 72 hours before embarking from the country of origin.
  10. You are encouraged to be fully vaccinated. 

Ask us the latest travel restrictions and situation in Bhutan, before you plan your travel


On the auspicious day of July 26, Bhutan held the second nationwide vaccination campaign. More than 95% of the eligible population (65.5% of the total population) are now fully vaccinated in Bhutan, making it one of the countries with the highest vaccination rates. 

95% of the people opted for the heterologous vaccines (AstraZeneca vaccine for the first shot and Moderna vaccine for the second shot), while 5% opted for the homologous AstraZeneca vaccine for both shots. 

More than 38,000 children aged 12 – 17 years old have received their first dose of vaccines. Home-based vaccination was carried out for people who have mobility issues and those living in hard-to-reach areas.


As of 5th July, Bhutan has 2,133 positive cases with 1,820 recovered. Bhutan is currently preparing for the second nationwide vaccination drive. The government has thus far secured some vaccines from donor countries. Bhutan required at least 500,000 doses of vaccines for the second boosters. The government of Bhutan is confident that it will be able to inoculate the eligible population soon. 

Bhutan is also hopeful of lifting tourism restrictions after the second vaccination drive. The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) is hopeful that by October 2021, the kingdom will be able to receive some visitors.

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