Bhutan Travel Reopening Updates: January 1st, 2021.
As only a small magical kingdom like Bhutan, and its wonderful Buddhist inhabitants, could have done, Bhutan has almost completely controlled the coronavirus up until now.
When will Bhutan reopen for tourism?
Bhutan closed its borders for international tourism on March 22nd, not long after the first reported case of a 76-year-old American tourist on March 6th. As of now, no date has been announced for its reopening. Based on informal conversations with Bhutan’s tourism authorities, our Bhutan offices believe that their nation’s borders should open for tourists by late spring 2021, or early summer. We do not recommend planning travel for dates before June
What requirements will there be for incoming tourists?
It is Easy Tours’ opinion that general tourism in Bhutan will initially only be possible
for visitors who can document having been inoculated with vaccines that Bhutan feels are credible.
Please bear in mind that Bhutan, like most other countries, will probably require some level of testing before and/or at arrival, for some time to come. This is because none of the vaccine companies claim that their product significantly prevents vaccinated people, despite its protection for them, from potentially transmitting the virus.
Luxury Tour availability and cancellation options.
Easy Tours is offering fully escorted private luxury tours
to Bhutan from June 1st, 2021
During 2021 if Easy Tours is forced to cancel your tour due to entry restrictions imposed by the Bhutanese government, Easy Tours will inform our guests within 2 business days of our in-country offices becoming aware of this fact, and all guest payments will be credited towards future Bhutan travel with Easy Tours. Please note that this does not apply
to international flight costs, the contract for which exists solely between the guest(s) and the airline. For travel ending by November 1st, 2021, if a guest decides that they are not comfortable in traveling to Bhutan for any reason, including the virus, they will have the option to have their payments credited for Bhutan travel by December 2022 as long as 45 days remain
before their tour start date. If less than 45 days remain, or if any of your travel dates are after November 1st, 2021, our standard cancellation costs will apply, and refunds, if any are applicable, will be processed according to our standard terms and conditions. Along with our luxury hotel partners, we expect tourism to boom from late 2021 onward due to pent-up demand.
Care for our guests’ wellbeing.
Our tours currently follow these three protocolsto ensure our guests wellbeing, and to provide seamless and rewarding experiences:
1. Hotels & Dining: We only offer the top luxury hotels and resorts, all of whom have established, and proven, a very strong commitment to the wellbeing of guests and staff. This currently includes daily screening of all staff, screening of incoming guests, very vigorous ongoing sanitizing procedures and practices, availability of on-call physicians, and a lot more.
2. Guides: You will be assigned one Accompanying Tour Director who will greet you when you arrive, and then facilitate all your activities, including serving as your expert guide, throughout your time with us. Our previous guests know that Easy Tours has the best Tour Director’s, and these colleagues will be screened before starting their services with you.
3. Vehicles and chauffeurs: Your vehicle will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized each morning, and hand sanitizer will be available to you in your vehicle at all times. You will have the same chauffeur and vehicle throughout your tour, unless your tour includes multiple regions/countries that require a flight.