Bhutan, because of its stable political system, well established infrastructures, low crime rate and high standard of health services, all together forms a unique and safe travel destination for travelers wishing to visit Bhutan. Travelers will enjoy unhindered experiences wherever they go in terms of their personal safety and security. Travelers can enjoy vast array of destination, landscape, pristine environment etc. at your own pace without any hindrance of mind. However, we advise our fellow travelers to kindly observe the following precautious for your personal safety and possessions.
Travel Insurance and Medical Services
Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that you take out a holiday insurance policy before you leave home. A insurance that can cover you for theft, loss, accident and medical problem. Please ask your travel agency in your country or speak to your own insurance broker. Make sure to bring your insurance policy details and emergency contact number with you.
Before embarking on a trip to Bhutan, it is advisable to have inoculations as mention below:
Routine Vaccine: Make sure you are up-to-date with your routine vaccination before you travel to Bhutan like - measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
Hepatitis A: We recommend Hepatitis A vaccine. Chances of getting hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Bhutan, regardless of where you are eating or staying.
Typhoid: We recommend typhoid vaccine, especially while you are travelling through remote places and staying in rural areas and villages. There is chances of getting typhoid through contaminated waters and foods in Bhutan.
Malaria: When traveling in Bhutan, you should avoid mosquito bites to prevent malaria. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, depending on your travel plans, such as where you are going, when you are traveling, and if you are spending a lot of time outdoors or sleeping outside. Talk to your doctor about how you can prevent malaria while traveling.
Rabies: Rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in Bhutan, we recommend this vaccine for the following groups:
- Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities (such as camping, hiking, biking, adventure travel, and caving) that put them at risk for animal bites.
- People who will be working with or around animals(such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, and researchers).
- People who are taking long trips or moving to Bhutan
- Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.
Vaccines cannot protect you from many diseases. The following principles can help prevent you from various diseases.
- Eat and drink safely
- Prevent bug bites
- Stay safe outdoors
- Keep away from animals
- Reduce your exposure to germs
- Avoid sharing body fluids
- Know how to get medical care while traveling
- Select safe transportation
Topographically the land of Bhutan has been linked to a staircase. The climb from the plain or foothills which lies at a lowly 985ft/300m to the Himalayan peaks in the north that is as high as 22360ft/7000m and more. The landmass is divided by a series of mountain ranges, which creates a series of valleys with formidable ridges. The inner Himalayan temperate zone between 3280ft/1000m to 11480ft/3500m is the core of the country and most of the population resides in this zone. The alpine region of the north lies at an elevation beginning from 11480ft/3500m to that of the greater Himalayan high peaks of Mt. Gangkar Puensum towering at 24735ft/7541m. Travelers may go into an area of high altitude for adventure trekking and hiking. Therefore, high altitude should be taken care to avoid being effected by altitude sickness like Acute Mountain Sickness. A mild AMS can be of fatal. Symptoms like breathlessness, double vision, severe headaches, confusion and irrigational behavior and dry cough that may progress to production of a pink frothy substance. Despite the treatment, it is still possible to have symptoms of AMS – the important thing is to recognize them and treat them accordingly.
If you are visiting Bhutan during the months of September till December. We recommend you not to forget bring your sun protection cream or other necessity. It is also recommend for adventure trekkers. Moreover, when you are here in Bhutan most of your activities or sightseeing includes many short hikes or walking. The weather between the months mentioned above is usually remain sunny throughout the day and can burn your skins. Protect your skins from being damaged while hiking by covering cloths that covers as much of your skins as possible, carry high level sunscreen always with you, wear hats and sunglasses that provides good protection for your face, nose, neck, ears and eyes. Make sure you carry your umbrella always with you.
Bhutan is a country traverse by many fast flowing streams and rivers. Since the eastern and central region of the country receives heavy rainfall, this rivers system drains around sixty-five percent of the country’s perceptions. The rivers are plentiful with high currents and depths reaching a maximum of about five meters; at places, it passes gently on and in others, the rivers rage through loudly, dominating the environs. They cut through high valleys and low plains to meet up with the Brahmaputra River in India. Since the rivers are large and plentiful, our beautiful and clean rivers can hold hidden dangers in the form of strong currents and conditions can change dramatically without asking you. Therefore, we request our value traveler to be alarm while going near the river or streams. It is also essential to be known by the fishing enthusiasts.
While Rafting and Kayaking
We understand you might know more but we request you to consider the safety instruction for river rafting and kayaking by our river specialist because they are well acquainted with the rivers, landscape and the environment. Risk in white river rafting stem from both environmental danger and from improper behaviors. Certain features in rivers are inherently unsafe like – fallen trees, undercut rocks and high waterfall.
Trekking in remote locations
Bhutan is a bountiful destination for adventure lovers. The series of mountain ranges forming a series of valleys provides immense opportunities for adventure trekking enthusiast. Bhutan is one of the places left in the world where you could trek for days on end together without coming across any human inhabitation. However, trekking through this remote and rugged stunning landscape requires thorough preparation. Before embarking on your outback journey though, you are escorted by our expertise you need to thoroughly discuss regarding the trail conditions before embarking on trek. Especially if you are among large group, it is not possible for a trekking guide to properly take care every individual on trek. Some may walk fast and other may not. Therefore, instead of losing a path or trail, it is necessary for the group to cooperate together with those slow walkers. Usually the trekkers will walk for 7-8 hrs a day. So always, walk close with your friend, carry a good map, time-to-time get information from your tour executive or leader, and check the length of the difficulty
Bhutan is an extraordinary destination for wildlife and is one of the key attractions for visitors. Please make sure you use your common sense, and do not need to worry about the danger of wild animals. It’s rare that you will encounter those wild animals on your trail. However, one thing is for sure that Bhutan does have many stray dogs. Bites are extremely rare and rarely fatal. When hiking through the remote village, make sure you always carry your walking stick, wear protective footwear and use your common sense.
- Never feed or bait animals to lure them closer. Many species can be dangerous if surprised, fed, or cornered, not to mention the fact that some carry deadly diseases such as hanta virus, rabies or bubonic plague
- Never try to get too close to an animal. Each species has its own tolerance levels for interaction with humans.
- If you find a young animal or eggs, whatever you do not touch! Parents may reject their young if they detect human odors on them or in the nest. If possible, seek expert help (park rangers/guides, animal protection societies, etc.)
- Bears are a threat in remote mountainous regions.
- Drug abuse, gangs and domestic violence are common in the cities and major towns of Bhutan. The crimes are rare and have not affected any of the tourists so far. However, make sure going out after 9pm when all the shops are closed is not a good idea.
- Police patrolling is quite active in Thimphu city and other major towns of Bhutan. They will keep rounding the city and the town for late night to ensure safety
Products containing tobacco (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, etc) are effectively banned throughout Bhutan (which remains the only country in the world to do so) and penalties for possession or use may be severe.