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Travel Advisory

With the development of new coronavirus variant “Omicron”, Bhutanese are encouraged to refrain from travelling abroad. In case of unavoidable travels, please ensure that travel restrictions of the port of disembarkation (including transit) are understood, all basic preventive measures are taken and extreme caution is exercised. Please also refer to information on the website of the Ministry of Health and complete other travel formalities as per  

Status of travel bans in different countries in the light of COVID-19 Pandemic

Country  Travel Restrictions 
India As per the new guidelines issued by the Government of India on 28 November 2021, all travellers should complete travel formalities before embarking on the travel as per the SOP specified in the guidelines which is available in the following sites: 

  2.  – Guidelines for international arrivals from Ministry of Health
     – list of countries from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India 
     – Algorithm: Guidelines for International Arrivals  

All international passengers arriving from at-risk countries will be required to take the COVID-19 Test at any Indian airport/landport/seaport. Those international passengers arriving from destinations other than at-risk countries including Bhutan will be subject to random post arrival testing. This is regardless of if the passengers have taken the Vaccine, Booster Shots and carries a negative COVID Test result. Random testing shall be for the 2% of the total flight passengers in each flight. The cost of testing has to be borne by the travelers themselves.  

COVID-19 PCR Test, which has a wait time of about 6 – 8 hours at the airport will be charged or will be available at Nu. 500 per test. Alternatively COVID-19 Rapid Test with the wait time of 30 minutes to 1 hour at the airport will be available at Nu. 4,000 per test. 

If you are tested positive then the travelers will be managed at the isolation facility and treated as per the SOP laid down in the guidelines. The expenses related to the treatment and isolation facility will have to be borne by the travellers themselves. 

The above travel restrictions and guidelines are for all travelers travelling via air or land. 

As for the flights, Bhutan continues to have an air travel bubble arrangement with India and please refer  for further information.

Flight restrictions shall not apply to all international cargo flights and those approved by DGCA.

Starting 8th November 2021, passengers disembarking in Thailand with incomplete travel documents(without THAILAND PASS or COE) will be fined THB 20,000 to THB 40,000.
All are advised to take note of the penalty and ensure to have all the required travel documents in place before travelling.
Travelers need not apply for a Certificate of Entry anymore but are required to apply for Thailand Pass via
Kindly find the infographic explaining the new entry process into Thailand, which is effective from 1 November 2021 in the following links:
Australia  Travel restrictions are still active and following provides more information:

  1. Australia’s international border is still closed. There are strict border measures in place. There are, however, exemptions for the following:
  • Permanent Residents and their dependents with valid visas (subclass 100, 309, 801, 820, 101, 102 and 445)
  • Diplomats accredited to Australia.
  • Students in the final two years of study of a medical, dental, nursing or allied health profession university degree with evidence of confirmed placement. 
  • Spouses can visit their spouses already studying in Australia. They can apply for visa sub-class 600 (visitor visa). This visa is to visit Australia as a tourist, to see family and friends or for purposes other than business or medical treatment. They can stay up to 12 months. However, approval will be on a case-by-case basis.
  1. Those who already have a visa have to apply for entry approval.
  2. For those beyond the exempted category, entry into Australia can only be approved on compelling grounds. They must process a separate entry exemption with the Department of Home Affairs. Further, States have their own restrictions, and additional exemption must be processed from the respective State Government as well. 
  3. Applications for exemptions from Department of Home Affairs must be submitted at least two weeks, but not more than two months before travel at the following link: 
  4. Exemptions are only granted on compelling and compassionate grounds. 
  5. From 22 January 2021, travelers are required to produce a Negative Covid-19 PCR test taken 72 hours before departure.
  6. Travelers must also complete the mandatory Australian Travel Declaration form at least 72 hours before departure. It collects contact details in Australia, flight details, quarantine requirements and health status.
  7. Travelers must also undertake mandatory 14 day quarantine at their own cost. 
  8. Australian Government maintains an updated and reliable website on immigration related issues including travel restrictions caused by the pandemic. All information can be found at

 India and Australia signed an air bubble arrangement whereby designated airlines (Qantas and Indian Airlines) of both countries are allowed to operate a limited number of direct flights between the respective countries. This arrangement will also allow Bhutanese citizens to travel through India provided the passenger is eligible to enter Australia as per the regulations issued by the Australian Government.

Nepal Land borders continue to remain closed for Foreigners. All foreigners should obtain a tourist entry visa from Nepali Diplomatic /missions abroad or should have a pre approval/recommendation letter from the concerned Ministries for ensuring their on-arrival visa.    

Bhutan has now been upgraded to Category II with effect from 12th October 2021. With the upward revision, travelers from the Bhutan who have been approved for entry to Singapore will be required to do a Pre-Departure PCR Test within 48 hours and an on-arrival PCR Test. However, Stay Home Notice (SHN) will be reduced from 10 days to seven days at either a dedicated SHN facility/self-sourced hotel/residence. PCR tests will be conducted on arrival and on the 7th day of the SHN. While short-term visitors are not allowed under this category, entry to Singapore on an application and approval basis for Work Permit holders, Residents, Students, and medical cases will continue to be processed.

The new updates on the border opening measures can be assessed through the following link:

Bangladesh With the immediate effect until further notice, schedule passenger flights to/from Dhaka shall continue as per their approved time slots under Summer-2021 Schedule. Mentionable that Air Bubble flights will remain suspended until further notice.

Transportation of passengers, please visit the link provided below for the group of countries.


USA The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as of 24 November 2021 revised the entry requirements to US and the details can be found in the link provided below:
Japan Information on new travel restrictions to Japan: 
United Kingdom  Passengers arriving in the UK from non-red list countries after 4am, 30 November 2021 will be required to take a PCR test on or before their second day in the country and must isolate until they receive a negative result.

Travelers are allowed to enter UK. Bhutan has been registered to the list of countries that will be exempted from the requirement to self-isolate for two weeks on arrival in the UK effective from 28 November 2020. However, it may be noted that this exemption is only valid for travel to England and not in other regions. Further, the above remains subject to change depending on the epidemiological situation in UK.


All air travellers 5 years of age or older will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada. Documentation of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine (unless specifically exempted from the mandatory requirement to quarantine). 

With limited exceptions, air travellers will also be required to reserve, prior to departure to Canada, a 3-night stay in a government-authorized hotel. Travellers will be able to book their government-authorized stay starting February 18, 2021. These new measures are in addition to existing mandatory pre-boarding and health requirements for air travellers.

All travelers whether arriving by land or air will be required to submit their travel and contact information, including a suitable quarantine plan, electronically via ArriveCAN before crossing the border or boarding a flight.

For more updated information refer the following link:

Netherlands  All passenger flights from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela and the United Kingdom are cancelled and there are no exemptions. There will be mandatory rapid tests for all travelers by plane/ferry from high-risk areas.     
Kuwait  1. Non-Kuwaitis are not allowed to enter the State of Kuwait as of 7 February 2021 for a period of two weeks with exception of the first-degree relatives of Kuwaitis and their companions from domestic workers. Governmental and private medical staff and diplomats and family members of diplomatic missions are also exempted

2. Further, the limit of 35 passengers on each flight or 1000

passengers per day travelling to Kuwait International Airport ending on

February 6 has been extended till the end of February 2021.  

3. Impose one-week institutional quarantine on all arrivals to

Kuwait at their own expenses at a hotel as of 21 February 2021 and another week quarantine at home. 

Kingdom of Bahrain  Travel restrictions are Active
Oman Travel restrictions are Active
Maldives  All travelers will have to present a certificate of negative PCR test carried out within 96 hours prior to departure with the name and address of the Laboratory. The certificate will have to be submitted online within 24 hours prior to arrival. 

Visitors spending more than 48 hours in Greater Male will have to take another PCR test and there will be health checks on arrival at the airport.      

UAE Travel restrictions are inactive
Qatar 1. Airport is operational

2. Qatari nationals and Resident Permit holders are allowed to enter

3. Departure is allowed for all passengers

Turkey  With effect from 1 June 2021, passengers arriving from certain countries including India and Nepal, and those who have been in the mentioned countries for the last 14 days must submit a negative PCR test result taken at most 72 hours prior to arrival. These passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days at places determined by the governorships. If the PCR test result to be made at the end of 14th day of the quarantine is negative, the quarantine measure will be terminated. Passengers whose PCR test result is positive will be taken into isolation and the measure will be terminated with a negative PCR test result which will be made at the end of the 14th day.

Besides, passengers arriving from Countries other than Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, Iran, Egypt and Singapore, will not be required to submit a negative PCR test result if they submit a document issued by the relevant country’s official authorities stating that they have been vaccinated at least 14 days before entrance to Turkey and/or have had the disease and cured within the last 6 months. Quarantine measures will not be applied for these passengers. If passengers departing from these countries cannot submit a vaccine certificate or the documents providing that they have had the disease according to the stated rules, submission of a PCR negative test result made maximum 72 hours before the entrance to Turkey or negative rapid antigen test result made maximum 48 hours before the entrance to Turkey will be deemed sufficient.

Pakistan The Government of Pakistan has decided to significantly reduce inbound international air travel with effect from 5-20 May 2021 and the normal flight operations are expected to resume once the situation improves. The main features of the new policy are as under:

•         Inbound air traffic will operate at 20% of total current quantum.

•         Air travellers would have to undergo a negative RT-PCR Test before travel to Pakistan, which should not be more than 72 hours old.

•         Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) will be undertaken at the airports; negative cases will undergo ten days of self-quarantine at home and positive cases will be shifted to self-paid quarantine facilities for ten days. Second RT-PCR test for positive passengers will be conducted on the 8th day of quarantine.

•         All inbound travellers will be required to register on Passtrack App. (

•         Following passengers shall be exempted from both RT-PCR testing and Passtrack App uploading requirement:

a.  Children below 12 years.

b.  Disabled passengers.

c.  High-level international delegations.

d.  Pakistani deportees

e.      Crew shall only be exempted from PakPass Track App; however, RT-PCR/Rapid Antigen Test shall be mandatory.

Germany The Federal Republic of Germany has fully recognized the double shot of the vaccine COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1_nCoV-19) of the Serum Institute of India as equivalent to the AstraZeneca vaccine as valid proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

Therefore, travellers from Bhutan can travel to Germany if they have been doubly vaccinated with COVISHIELD. All categories of visa can be accepted in Thimphu, including business trip and tourism. The list of recognized vaccines can be consulted at

South Korea There is a requirement for 10 days quarantine for all passengers from overseas regardless of nationality and vaccination status. Following link provides more details:
Sri Lanka Please kindly visit the link for details of the quarantine measures for travellers arriving from overseas during the pandemic of COVID-19:
Serbia Kindly visit the following link for updated version of Covid-19 Entry conditions

The Testing and Quarantine requirements for the International Travelers to Mayanmar as of 3 November 2021.
To understand more about the requirements for both fully and non-vaccinated travelers, please click on the link below.


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