Health & Safety

Before you go
Pack medications in their original, clearly labelled containers. A signed and dated letter from your physician describing your medical conditions and medications, including generic names, if available. If carrying syringes or needles, be sure to have a physician’s letter documenting their medical necessity. If you have a heart condition, bring a copy of your ECG taken just prior to traveling.

If you take any regular medication, bring double your needs in case of loss or theft. You can’t rely on medications being available from pharmacies in Bhutan.

Insurance
Even if you are fit and healthy, don’t travel without health insurance as accidents can happen. Declare any existing medical conditions. You have to as the insurance company will check if your problem is pre-existing and will not cover you if it is undeclared. If your health insurance does not cover you for medical expenses abroad, consider getting extra insurance. If you are uninsured, emergency evacuation is expensive; bills of over US Dollar 100, 000 are not uncommon.

Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures. (In many countries doctors expect payment in cash.) You may prefer a policy that pays doctors or hospitals directly rather than you having to pay on the spot and claim later. If you have to claim later, make sure you keep all documentation.

Travel Insurance. Simple & Flexible
Specialized travel-medicine clinics are your best source of information; they stock all available vaccines and will be able to give specific recommendations for you and your trip. The doctors will take into account factors such as past vaccination history, the length of your trip, activities you may be undertaking and underlying medical conditions, such as pregnancy.

Most vaccines don’t produce immunity until at least two weeks after they are given, so visit a doctor four to eight weeks before departure. Ask your doctor for an International Certificate of Vaccination (otherwise known as the yellow booklet), which will list all the vaccinations you have received.