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Bhutan Travel Advice

What to wear
Bhutan's climate ranges from subtropical in the south to temperate in the central highlands to cold and even sub freezing in the north. The climate can be unpredictable and the temperature can vary dramatically. In Thimphu and Paro, the winter daytime temperature averages 12 degrees Celsius but drops well below freezing at night. Warm woolens are recommended in the winter and it is advisable to bring light sweaters or jackets even in the summer. Comfortable walking shoes are indispensable to all while trekkers should be equipped with strong boots and medium to heavy sleeping bags. 

Health Information
Visitors have to be always attentive about their health. currently, there are no vaccinations required for travelling to Bhutan. However, visitors coming from an area infected with yellow fever are required to get a yellow fever vaccination and must be administered at least ten days before arrival in the country. Likewise, visitors arriving from a cholera infected are should get vaccinated, and anti-malarial medication is recommended for travellers visiting rural areas bordering India. Visitors have to be always attentive about their health.

Every district in Bhutan is equipped with a General hospital, but only at Thimphu will you find modern facilities and Pharmacies. Come well prepared with all necessary medicines like sleeping pills (high altitude can hinder your sleeping), anti-nausea pills, anti-diarrhoea pills, water purifying tablets (if you are trekking), oral dehydration packets, eye drops, antibiotic ointment and anti-histamine ointment.

Hotels in Bhutan are not as high standard, compared to other developing countries. Lodging options are also available in Bhutan and the Bhutan Hotels are recognized for their hospitality and warmth in providing the services. Most of these accommodation options are privately owned while some others are luxurious hotels.

Photography & Filming
Photography is permitted nearly everywhere in Bhutan. However it is not permitted in the Dzongs (Fortresses) and monasteries. Any commercial filming in Bhutan requires prior permission to be sought from the Royal Government and the payment of a royalty. We will assist you with all the formalities.

Banking Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9 am to 3 pm
Saturday - 9 am to 11 am

Taxes : A departure Tax of Nu.500 Ngultrum (US$12) is levied at Paro airport.

Useful Things to Take
• Casual clothes are fine. Use a layering system, starting with thermal underwear and adding a shirt, pile jacket and  windbreaker or parka as necessary.
• Woolen/Cotton trousers (warm clothes for mornings and evenings)
• Down jacket (wind stopper) - especially for higher altit
• Sandals or flip flops
• Sun hat
• Comfortable shoes (sneakers)
• Pairs of socks and vests
• Torch (flashlight)
• Sunglasses, spare glasses and contact lenses
• Sunscreen lotion
• Insect repellent cream and your personal medical kit

You will be outside a lot, and much of this time is at altitudes above 2,500 m (7,800 ft); so there is plenty of sun and wind. Bring a supply of sun cream and some lip protection, such as Blistex; these items are not available in Bhutan.

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