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Health Concerns in Bhutan

There is no need to be overly worried about health while traveling in Bhutan. With proper vaccinations and following some safety measures, you be fine.Visit  your primary physician about 6 to 8 weeks prior the trip date and make sure you are updated with routine vaccinations. We also encourage you to visit the website of Center For Disease Control and for health information for travelers to Bhutan.


Consult with your physician about the suggested vaccinations.

Most reported issues, if any, are stomach disorders which occur mainly due to unsafe water and unhygienic food. Although it's very less likely to happen with you but you need to be prepared and cautioned. Please, drink only bottled water and avoid eating green salads or peeled fruits that may have been washed with unsafe water. It's also advisable to avoid drinks that may have ice. Most travelers take Hep A vaccine to prevent stomach related disorders.

If you are traveling in the areas below 5500 ft, there is also risk of Malaria. So, please consult your physician and take malaria pills. Apply insect repellent to skin and clothing to avoid insect bites. If you are hiking through the forest or wilderness areas, wear long sleeves, long trousers, hats and shoes, preferably boots, with trousers tucked in, to prevent bites from ticks or other bugs. Avoid swimming in fresh water and water that isn’t chlorinated, such as lakes, ponds, or rivers.

There are reasonably well-equipped hospitals in the towns of Paro and Thimphu with all modern diagnostic facilities. Hospitals in other part of the countries provide only basic health services.

Travel health insurance is strongly recommended.