The first incidence of COVID-19 (also known as the Coronavirus) was discovered in Bhutan on March 6, 2020. The infected person was an American tourist, 76 years old, who had previously traveled to the state of Assam, in northeast India (UPDATE 3/11: India has now closed its borders to non-citizens, including current visa holders, and has stopped issuing new visas).
Following the positive test results the government of Bhutan has decided to temporarily halt tourism in the country until further notice (for an initial period of two weeks). Current tourists are restricted to the main touristic areas of western Bhutan (Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha), and certain sites are closed to tourists until further notice
In addition to these restrictions, Bhutan Airlines has temporarily cancelled flights in and out of the country, while Druk Air has cancelled certain flights as well.
Tours currently scheduled during this period where Bhutan is closed to outside visitors will need to be cancelled or rescheduled.
Future travel bookings are still being accepted. In the case of any need to postpone travel because of COVID-19-related issues, we will waive any change fees for the foreseeable future.