Bhutan vaccinations: which ones do you need?

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.

Chikungunya

In this country Chikungunya is prevalent. A good protection against mosquito bites in the daytime is necessary.

Dengue

In this country dengue fever is prevalent. A good protection against mosquito bites in the daytime is necessary.

DTP

Vaccination against DTP is recommended for all travelers to this country.

Hepatitis A

Vaccination against hepatitis A is recommended for all travelers to this country.

Hepatitis B

Vaccination against hepatitis B depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for a personal advice.

Japanese Encephalitis

In this country Japanese encephalitis is (possibly) prevalent. Vaccination depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for a personal advice.

Malaria

In this country there is a risk of getting malaria. Protection against mosquito bites is necessary during day- and nighttime. Sometimes malaria tablets are recommended, please contact KLM Health Services.

Rabies

Vaccination depends on your personal situation. In this country mammals could be infected with Rabies. Avoid contact with mammals. Please contact KLM Health Services for good and personal advice.

Tuberculosis

Vaccination against tuberculosis depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for personal advice.

Typhoid fever - recommended

Typhoid vaccination is recommended for a duration of 2 weeks or longer for all travelers to this country.

Yellow Fever - compulsory from Yellow Fever area

In this country Yellow Fever is prevalent. There is a potential risk for travellers. Vaccination is recommended. Vaccination is possibly COMPULSORY when traveling from a Yellow Fever area. Please contact KLM Health Services to discuss or vaccination applies to you.

Yellow Fever - possibly recommended

In this country Yellow Fever is not prevalent. However, when you’re traveling FROM a Yellow fever area vaccination can be COMPULSORY. Please contact KLM Health Services to discuss or vaccination applies to you.

Zika virus

In this country Zika virus is prevalent. A good protection against mosquito bites in the daytime is necessary.

A healthy trip to Bhutan: prepare for your trip with our tips

Make your trip to Bhutan as pleasant as possible and avoid unexpected surprises. Below you will find helpful tips and tricks to prepare yourself for your journey.

Our KLM Health Services’ Doctor Connect service allows your to contact a KLM Health Services expert 24/7, either by telephone, text message or WhatsApp. Not only in case of emergency but also if you have doubts. Subscribe to Doctor Connect.

Seemingly innocent things such as food, water and bright sunlight can pose a risk to your health during your travels. Want to know what measures you can take to reduce these health risks? Please read our travel tips.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel advice helps you prepare for safety risks during your stay abroad. The travel advice, for example, tells you which regions are safe and to which regions you should not travel. Sometimes there are security risks. If this is the case, please be alert or, preferably only travel to the country concerned if genuinely necessary. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a central telephone number for travellers, which can be reached 24/7. Please call: +31 247 247 247.

Schedule a vaccination for Bhutan? Make an appointment!

Please make an appointment online for your Bhutan vaccinations. An overview of our branches can be found here. Do you have any other questions about immunisations for Bhutan? Please feel free to contact us via 0900 109 109 6 (€1,00 per call) or send an email to travelclinic@klm.com. You can also visit our frequently asked questions page.

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