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Bhutan Country Report

Overview

INTRODUCTION

A trip to the small kingdom of Bhutan (population 733,000) presents no major risks to travelers. This relatively unknown landlocked nation is nestled between China (to the north) and India (to the south) at the eastern end of the Himalayas.

POLITICS

Bhutan - a constitutional monarchy - held its second-ever parliamentary elections in July 2013. Travelers should be aware of a few facts before embarking on a trip to this unique nation, one that promotes the concept of “Gross National

HEALTH

Visitors to the country will note that medical and hospital infrastructure is insufficient and that health conditions are less than ideal (cholera, malaria).

TRANSPORTATION

Many roads are in poor condition. There are no railways within the country and no airlines operating domestic flights. Visitors can arrive in Bhutan by road (passing through the southwestern town of Phuentsholing on the Indian border) or by air (from New Delhi, Katmandu, Dhaka, or Bangkok with the Bhutanese airline Druk Air). The border with China is closed to the public.

OTHER

Happiness." First of all, tourism is regulated and individual travel is not permitted; travelers must book their trip through a Bhutanese tour operator and will be lodged only in government-approved hotels and guesthouses. Before arriving in the country, tourists must transfer funds to the tour operator covering the extent of their stay. Minimum costs are USD 250/day, which covers hotels, meals, and transportation within the country; this fee is increased by USD 40 if traveling alone or by USD 30 if traveling in groups of two to four people. Furthermore, laptops, cell phones, cameras, and other electronic devises must be registered prior to arrival. NATURAL RISKS Bhutan is located in an active seismic zone. If indoors when an earthquake strikes, take shelter under a piece of furniture. If outside or in a vehicle, distance yourself from buildings and electric cables. Furthermore, floods and landslides are also relatively common.

Climate

Bhutan is a mountainous country and its climate varies considerably by elevation. The climate is subtropical along the Duars Plain, in the south, with high levels of humidity and rainfall. The valleys in the center of the country are drier, with distinct seasons: summers are hot and winters cold.

Useful Numbers

Country Code: +975 Police: 113 Ambulance: 112

Electricity

Voltage: 230 V ~ 50 Hz

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Bhutan Country Risk

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