When can you travel to Bhutan? Updated July 6th, 2021
Bhutan Travel Reopening Updates: July 6th, 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. There has been a recent slight upswing in cases, but as of today this sparsely populated nation of 764,000 has only reported 2159 total cases and 1 death due to Covid-19. They have also inoculated almost 100% of their eligible adult population with the Astra Zeneca vaccine, provided to them free of charge by the Indian government.
When will Bhutan reopen for tourism?
Bhutan closed its borders for international tourism on March 22nd, 2020, 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, but a senior government official has recently mentioned that a limited reopening for vaccinated tourists should happen by October, 2021. We do not recommend planning travel for dates before December.
What requirements will there be for incoming tourists?
It is Easy Tours’ opinion that general tourism in Bhutan will initially require a combination of proof of a credible vaccination and some testing requirements.
Luxury Tour availability
Easy Tours is currently offering escorted private luxury tours in Bhutan for travel dates starting from December 1st, 2021 with flexible terms as outlined below. Easy Tours will not operate our Small Group Tours in Bhutan until at least fall 2022 as, prior to that, we are not comfortable facilitating joint travel for guests who are not from the same household or family/friends circle.
Cancellation options related to Covid-19.
Cancellations due to freshly imposed entry or other significant travel restrictions by the Bhutanese Government: 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.
Guest Decision to Cancel Travel: For travel ending by February 28th, 2022, 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 before December 20th, 2023 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 February 2022, 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 early 2022 onward due to pent-up demand.
Care for our guests’ wellbeing.
Our tours currently follow these three protocols to ensure our guests wellbeing, and to provide seamless and rewarding experiences:
1. Lodging: 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.