Are you travelling to Bhutan anytime soon? On this page, we provide you with information about possible health risks, the climate and places of interest. For example, it is good to know that vaccinations are recommended for Bhutan. These are only mandatory when you enter the country from a country where yellow fever is prevalent. Which specific vaccinations you require for your trip to Bhutan, is dependent on the duration of your stay in this happy country.
Bhutan is a landlocked country in the Himalayas that is bordered by China (and Tibet) to the north and India to the south and west. For centuries, the country was isolated from the outside world as it was accessible only on foot, from Tibet. Today, Bhutan is much more accessible for travellers, but it continues to be an adventurous destination. The mountains largely influence the climate in Bhutan. During the monsoon season from June through to August it can be very wet, particularly in the valleys. By contrast, the winters can be extremely cold. Therefore, the best months for a trip to Bhutan are May, September and October. In 1974, Bhutan introduced the Gross National Happiness as a measure of prosperity. In Buddhism, happiness is an important factor on the path to enlightenment. This is why the Buddhist population in Bhutan attaches greater value to this GNH than they do to the Gross National Product. The people in Bhutan are known for their hospitality and helpfulness. Furthermore, the country offers unspoilt and spectacular natural scenery: the impressive peaks of the Himalayas in the north and tropical rain forests in the south. Ultimately, you can admire many beautiful temples and monasteries.
Whichever way you spend your holiday in Bhutan, always be aware of the risk of (tropical) diseases and mosquitoes. Malaria occurs in (southern) Bhutan. Our KLM Health Services experts gladly tell you what vaccinations you require and provide advice on additional measures you can take to minimise health risk during your stay. Click here to make an appointment with one of our nurses.
Bhutan vaccinations: the most common risks
Various (tropical) diseases occur in Bhutan to which you are likely not resistant. The right vaccines can protect you against these. Please view our list of the most common health risks and diseases in Bhutan and you will know at an instant which specific vaccinations you require.