Bhutan is one of the world’s best-kept secrets, thanks largely to its limited history with tourism. Today, visitors to Bhutan can explore the country’s Buddhist temples, sample its spicy delicacies and marvel at the rugged beauty of the Himalayas – but only if you make the proper arrangements first.
Check Your Passport
As with all international destinations, traveling to Bhutan requires that you have a valid passport. Before doing anything else, grab your passport and check the expiration date: Bhutan requires that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond the date that you arrive in the country.
Visit Your Doctor
Your trip to Bhutan probably won’t expose you to any major health risks, but the CDC always recommends that Americans get certain vaccinations before traveling abroad. It advises all travelers to be current on routine vaccinations and recommends hepatitis A and typhoid vaccines for most visitors to Bhutan. Those travelers with medical conditions should always talk to their doctors about their specific needs before visiting Bhutan.
Pack Your Bags
Keep one word in mind when packing for Bhutan: layers. The country’s weather is typically cool or cold during much of the year. Although summers are generally warm, the weather can be dramatically different at different altitudes. Bhutan is fairly conservative and has many religious and cultural sites that require modest dress. Bring long pants, T-shirts, sweaters and other layering pieces, comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots, and a rain jacket. Don’t forget a worldwide adapter kit for electronics: Bhutan’s outlets are type C, D, F, G or M.
Grab Some Cash
Because Bhutanese tours have to be prepaid and include lodging, transportation and food, visitors don’t typically need much spending money. The local currency is called Ngultrum, or Nu. for short. Indian rupees are also widely accepted. You can exchange American dollars at the airport, but some vendors also accept dollars. Either way, bring at least $100 cash to Bhutan.
Book Your Tour
Bhutan’s entry requirements are unusual. All Americans (and citizens of most other countries) must be part of an official tour to visit Bhutan, which must be led by an approved tour operator. Visas are also required for all visitors. As your tour operator, we will make those arrangements for you so you can get past border control with ease.
Want to see the wild wonders of Bhutan up close? If you haven’t already done so, plan your trip with FS Travel Advisors today!