How Safe Is Bhutan for Travel?

Bhutan
Safety Index:
70

Bhutan or also known as the Kingdom of Buthan is an independent, landlocked country located in South Asia between India to the north and China to the south in the Hymalian mountains.

From the economic and cultural perspective, Buthan has strictly maintained a policy of isolation from their neighborhood, in order to preserve their cultural heritage and independence.

And from this point of view, they have succeeded as nowadays they have still preserved many aspects of their culture that dates back to the mid-17th century and are of course interesting for tourists to be discovered.

Warnings & Dangers in Bhutan

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : LOW

Bhutan is a remarkably safe country with a low level of crime, but at the same time growing with its population, this is why you as a tourist should be very attentive as everywhere in the world while traveling.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

The taxi is the best mean of transportation that can be used by one for traveling in big cities of the country as well as around them, but still, try to relate to some well-known companies as in another case you will be charged unfair fees. Regarding the other means of transportation existent in the country are not advisable to be used.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

Pickpockets are rarely met here in Bhutan, but even though there are not so many cases, this does not mean that there are not at all. This means that you as a tourist should take into account all precautions measures in order to avoid such unpleasant cases.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : HIGH

Monsoons rains are often met in Bhutan which could cause some road problems for days, this is why it is advisable to check the routes before going somewhere. Also, as Bhutan is located in high active zones there are high chances of earthquakes for which it is better to get prepared.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : LOW

Few cases of mugging have been registered that are well-known to the public authorities, but still, this does not mean that you should be fearless. A good piece of advice is to not walk alone at night and in dark places.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

Even though there are no recent registered cases of such attacks this represents the biggest threat of the whole nation that can occur in public places and can affect not only the citizens but also the tourists. All measures should be taken in case of this happening.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : LOW

Even if scams can occur in the country this could be easily avoided through using your common sense and trying not to be easily influenced.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Even if it is considered to be a safe place for a woman to travel to Bhutan it is advisable to get a guide that will be there just in case.

So... How Safe Is Bhutan Really?

Even though it is claimed that from criminal prospective Bhutan is a safe country, do not forget to always keep a close look at your belongings and take all the necessary precaution actions in case of any unpleasant situation.

It is believed that from the perspective of weather and natural disasters it is less safe to travel in the periods which are not advisable by the public authorities, but still if prepared then keep in mind all given pieces of advice and always try to get updated regarding the information provided by national websites in order for you to be safe.

Useful Information

  • Visas - All tourists need to have a visa in order to be able to visit Bhutan which is most of the time issued when entering the country but one can also apply in advance to get their visa approval before traveling.
  • Currency - The ngultrum is the currency of Bhutan and has the same value as the Indian rupee which can also be used on this territory as well as other currencies, but be attentive at what exchange rate they calculate it.
  • Weather - The best time to visit Bhutan is considered to be in the spring from March until May or in the autumn from September to November as these are considered to be the months with low precipitations.
  • Airports - Paro International Airport is the only international airport from all four available in Bhutan and flights are allowed there only under visual meteorological conditions.
  • Travel Insurance - Check 8 weeks before traveling the national health-related sites of Bhutan to be aware of all the updates made and requirements that should be fulfilled. As it is always recommended to have travel insurance while traveling, no matter the destination Bhutan is not an exception.
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Bhutan Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 17° C
Feb 19° C
Mar 22° C
Apr 20° C
May 27° C
Jun 28° C
Jul 28° C
Aug 28° C
Sep 28° C
Oct 26° C
Nov 21° C
Dec 18° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
232529203232313131302725
Low
°C
101215202224252524211511
High
°F
737784689090888888868177
Low
°F
505459687275777775705952

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