overview

Bhutan dragon

The Kingdom of Bhutan

country information

Flag

Bhutan flag

capital

Thimphu

DRIVING SIDE: Left

INTERNET CODE: .bt

TOME ZONE: UTC +6

Neighbours

Tibet (autonomous region of China)

Chumbi Valley (Tibet)

Sikkim (state of India)

Arunachal Pradesh (state of India)

Assam (state of India)

West Bengal (state of India)

Population

population

741 700

Religion

religion

Vajrayana Bhuddism 77.4%

Hinduism 22.6%

President

president & parliament

Head of State: King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

Ruling Party: Constitutional monarchy with a civil law based on Buddhist religious law

Groups

minority & majority groups

Ngalon (West & North Bhutan) | Sharchop (East Bhutan) | Lhotshampa (South Bhutan) | Drukpa: 213,000, Monpa: 95,000, Ngalong:  87,000, Sharchop: 65,000, Kheng: 34,000, Bumthangpa:  22,000, Matpa: 20,000

Language

 

LANGUAGE

Dzongkha/ Sharchhopka / Lhotshamka / English
Hello: Kuzu zangpo la (f)
           Kuzu Zangpo (inf.)
Yes: Inn
No:  Men [meh-nn]
Thank you: Kadrin Cheyla

Currency

C U R R E N C Y &
E X C H A N G E  R AT E

Ngultrum (BTN)

1 USD = BTN 71

ATMs are located within all main towns throughout Bhutan, where money can be withdrawn using a Visa or MasterCard.

See: https://www.bhutan.travel/page/atm-locations-and-currency



Subject to change

Vaccinations

 

VACCINATIONS

An International Certificate of Vaccination for yellow fever is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission & for travellers having transited through airport of country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

The Government of Bhutan recommends that visitors obtain Tetanus, Typhoid, & Hepatitis A inoculations before traveling to Bhutan. Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, & Rabies vaccines are recommended for prolonged stays for people at risk. The influenza vaccine is also recommended.

See: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Bhutan.html

Electricity

 

ELECTRICITY

Voltage Requirements:    230 V

Standard Frequency:

50 Hz

Power plugs & sockets are of type D, type F & type G  

As of 2011, the Bhutanese government supplied electricity to 60 percent of rural households.

Temperature

 

TEMPERATURE

Winter: min. 10 °C – max. 23 °C

Summer: min. 24 °C – max. 31°C

See: https://www.climatestotravel.com/climate/bhutan

DIPLOMATIC TIES / AIRPORTS / CARRIERS / NGO’S

Aeroplane2

EMBASSY / CONSULAR PRESENCE

The Republic of South Africa and the Kingdom of Bhutan do not have any diplomatic relations. Multilateral contact is maintained through the South African Permanent Missions to the United Nations in New York and Geneva. There is limited bilateral contact through the South African High Commission in New Delhi, India.

For more info, see:  https://www.visahq.co.za/bhutan/embassy/south-africa/

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS & CARRIERS

DRUK AIR has a fleet of 4 aeroplanes ( 3- A319 & 1 ATR 42-600). It flies to 5 countries Internationally: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Thailand, Singapore and 4 cities Domestically:  Paro, Bumthang, Gelephu and Yonphula.

See: https://www.drukair.com.bt

Passport

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Bhutan tourist visa is required for citizens of South Africa.  Visas can only be obtained by travel agent within Bhutan. The Royal Government of Bhutan has adopted a very cautious approach to the development of tourism in the Kingdom in an effort to avoid its negative impacts on the culture and the environment. In 2014, the number of tourists who visited Bhutan was approximately 133,480, Visitors must either be guests of the government or travellers on an approved travel programme.

See: http://www.dirco.gov.za/foreign/bilateral/bhutan.html

MAIN AIRPORT(S)

Location

IATA

Airport name

Coordinates

Runway

Status

Gelephu

GLU

Gelephu Airport

26°53′04″N 

090°27′51″E

11/29: 1500 m

Operational

Jakar

BUT

Bathpalathang Airport

27°33′52″N 

090°44′43″E

14/32: 1200 m

Operational

Paro (Main international airport)

PBH

Paro International Airport

27°24′12″N 

089°25′29″E

15/33: 1964 x 29 m

Operational

Trashigang

YON

Yongphulla Airport
(Yonphula Airport)

27°15′22″N 

091°30′55″E

12/30: 1266 x 37 m

Operational

NGO

NGO’S OPERATING IN COUNTRY & CONTACT DETAILS

Government Of India Ministry Of Environment, Forest And Climate Change

For more info, visit their website: https://www.india.gov.in/official-website-ministry-environment-and-forests-0

E-mail: [email protected]

HSBC | Skills for Life

HSBC Skills for Life is a five year INR 100 crore commitment by HSBC India that will focus on employment and entrepreneurship-linked skill development of disadvantaged youth, upskilling of teachers and educators, and women’s empowerment through financial education and livelihood enhancement.

Visit website: https://www.swadesfoundation.org/hsbcskillsforlife/

Email: [email protected]

Last Updated 20 April 2020