Bhutan is a very safe country to travel within. Instead of measuring their GDP, they measure their Gross Happiness Quotient. All hotel rooms that we use are fitted with a Safe for you to keep your valuables. Bhutan is a malaria free zone.
As it is a Himalayan Kingdom – guests must ensure that they are comfortable at altitudes between 7000-12000 feet.
Smoking in a public place, as well as the sale of tobacco, is banned in Bhutan. Tourists may bring 200 cigarettes per person into the country, but there will be a 200 percent import tax levied upon them. It is unwise to not declare that you are carrying cigarettes, as Customs does check for them and bringing undeclared cigarettes into Bhutan is considered smuggling. If you do take cigarettes into Bhutan, you will be issued a permit that must be carried with you during your time in the country. Although rare, in the event that you are smoking and not in possession of the permit, legal action can be taken.
- Cash and traveler’s checks (American Express, MasterCard, Visa) can be exchanged at the Paro airport (easiest and recommended location), larger hotels (not guaranteed), and at some banks in Paro and Thimphu. Once you leave these cities, however, it will be almost impossible to exchange money.
- In larger cities and towns, many stores accept U.S. dollars. But to ensure the best exchange rate, we recommend changing your money into local currency. Indian rupees (Rs), except Rs500 and Rs1,000 notes, are also accepted in most towns. Rupee notes (usually Rs10, Rs20, Rs50, and Rs100 only) are often given in change throughout the country.
Kingdom of Bhutan is one of the world’s little-known treasures, where quality of life is measured in terms of Gross National Happiness, rather than purely material measures.
Public computer access may not be available during the adventure. If you are shooting digital and plan to take a large number of photos, be sure to bring enough memory cards or your own computer equipment/image tank onto which you can download your pictures. A flash unit can be helpful for people pictures and for reducing harsh shadows that can often develop during mid-day conditions. Make sure your camera gear is properly protected from any potential rain or humidity. If you are using a point-and-shoot camera, store it in a heavy, zip-top plastic bag whenever not in use to protect it from the elements and to keep it in working order.
Passport & Visa Requirements
Passports must have at least 2 blank pages and be valid for more than 6 months from the date of entry into the country.
&Beyond Bhutan will be responsible for issuing your Visa. This Visa will be emailed to you prior to your arrival into Bhutan.