Tipping isn’t compulsory in Bhutan, although it’s becoming increasingly common. Many tourists leave small change to show appreciation for good service. If you choose to take a tour, it’s appropriate to tip your guides and driver.
We recommend that you get vaccinated against Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid and Polio prior to departure, and that you take malaria tablets while visiting rural areas. All travellers should also be up-to-date with routine vaccinations.
Drinking tap water in Bhutan should be avoided but you’ll find bottled mineral water readily available. Also be aware that many of Bhutan’s sights are situated at high altitude and you are likely to experience mild altitude sickness for a short period. If you suffer from high blood pressure or a heart condition, consult your doctor before travelling.
You will need a passport and visa to enter and exit Bhutan. Keep a photocopy of your passport visa pages and flight ticket separate from the originals when travelling.
All visas are approved from Thimphu and are only issued to tourists booked with a local licensed tour operator, either directly or through a foreign travel agent. Applications for tourist visas are submitted by the tour operator.
Bhutan’s official currency is Ngultrum. You can exchange major currencies like the UK Pound, US Dollars, Euros and Indian Rupees at Paro Airport, most banks and large hotels.
We recommend that you bring travellers cheques (preferably in US Dollars) or cash to be exchanged on arrival. Although there are ATMs in Bhutan, these generally only operate for Bhutanese banks and will not accept foreign bankcards. Credit cards are generally accepted only at large hotels and major handicraft stores.