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This Post Contains:
- General Health Advice Before Travelling To Bhutan
- Common Health Concerns In Bhutan
- Medical Checklist
- Health Care In Bhutan
General Health Advice Before Travelling To Bhutan
- Carry your existing medicines, syringes and/or needles in reasonable quantity as per your consumption requirements.
- Make sure that your medicines, syringes and/or needles are in their original & clearly labelled packaging.
- It is always advisable to carry your doctor’s prescription, describing your medical condition and medications.
- You must not rely on availability of all medications from pharmacies in Bhutan. Consider requesting your doctor to include generic names of the medicines prescribed to you. Just in case, if you happen to loose your stock medication and are required to purchase the shortfall quantity.
- Do not travel without a health insurance which includes an overseas cover. If you are opting for a travel insurance, make sure that you are covered for adventure activities like trekking, rock climbing, rafting, paragliding, etc. Bhutan has mountainous terrain and involves travelling through mountainous roads, as such, accidents do happen; make sure your insurance has this covered.
- Prefer insurance companies with cashless claim settlement facility instead of you having to pay on the spot and claim later. Also, make sure that you are carrying all your policy documents and other requisites which you may require in order to process your medical claim smoothly from your insurance company.
- Ask your doctor to guide you on the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (Also known as the Yellow Booklet) as recommended by World Health Organization for international travellers
- You must also check the World Health Organization (W.H.O) website for the recommended vaccinations for travellers to Bhutan and consult with your doctor regarding the same.
- For further safety measures and travel guidance, you may also refer to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
- Pregnant ladies should consult their doctors before travelling to Bhutan. BACK TO TOP
Common Health Concerns In Bhutan
- Traveller’s Diarrhoea
- Respiratory Infection, Coughs, Colds & Chest Infections
- Stomach Infections
- Skin Infections
- Dengue Fever
Other Infectious Diseases
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis E
- Japanese B Encephalitis
- Typhoid BACK TO TOP
Make sure to prepare your medical checklist! Which must also include the below items in addition to your prescription medication:
- First aid kit
- Anti-bacterial Ointments and Tablets
- Anti-fungal Ointments and Tablets
- Insect Repellents
- Re-hydration Solution
- Medication to Treat Diarrhoea
- Portable Water Filtration Bottle / Kit
- Digestion Aiding Medication
- Medication For Allergy Due To Insect Bites
- Treatment For Motion Sickness
- And Any Other Medication As Suggested By Your Physician BACK TO TOP
Health Care In Bhutan
- In Bhutan, health care is state sponsored; as such, medical treatment and consultation is free; even for tourists.
- All major towns and cities in Bhutan house a hospital. The Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Hospital in Thimphu, is the largest multi-speciality hospital. However, it must be noted that, it is difficult to find reliable medical consultation or treatment if you are in rural areas of Bhutan.
- In Bhutan, roadways is the only major mode of transportation; it must be noted that if you are need of emergency medical attention somewhere in rural Bhutan, then your best bet would be to arrange for air ambulance evacuation by getting in touch with your insurance company. Do consider this point while choosing your travel insurance package.
- There are several daily flights from Paro International Airport in Bhutan to New Delhi, India & Singapore. While there are no direct flights between Paro and American, European, Other Far-Eastern & Oceanic countries. As such, if you feel that you require immediate medical attention, then you may consider flying quickly to India, Singapore or nearby Bangkok for immediate treatment. All of these countries have a considerably good medical infrastructure and reliable health care facilities, equipped with multi-speciality hospitals and expert medical professionals.
- There is no shortage of medical stores / pharmacies in urban areas of Bhutan. Supplies of generic medicines and over the counter medications are generally available without any issues. However, it is always a wise idea to carry your speciality medicines and prescription medicines from your home country. BACK TO TOP
Keep an Eye For The Following Things In Bhutan
- Food & Clean Drinking Water
- High Altitude Sickness
- Motion Sickness
- Insect Bites
- Skin Issues & Sunburn
- Hygiene In Public Places, Specially When Using Public Toilets
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