BookMyTour Covid-19 Updates
Bhutan confirmed its first COVID-19 case, a 76-year-old US male who traveled to the country via India. Around 90 people who came directly in contact with him, along with his 59-year-old partner, driver, and guide were promptly traced and quarantined. The 76-year-old American male was evacuated to the United States on 13 March. He was evacuated to Baltimore, MD, and survived. His partner also survived who later was tested positive and was isolated from the quarantine facility and treated in Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in the capital.
The first positive case resulted in the restriction of incoming tourists and closures of schools initially for 2 weeks which was later extended.
Bhutan adopted an aggressive approach of maximum prevention by meticulously ensuring every incoming Bhutanese were tested at the Airport and were carefully transported to luxury hotels identified as quarantine facilities all over the country with maximum protection all on government expenses for 21 + days. Where they were tested on a regular basis and upon testing positive were isolated and treated. All the cases detected from these quarantined facilities were tagged as imported cases.
Bhutan saw its first National Lockdown on August 11 2020 after a 27-year-old woman who completed her quarantine period tested positive after she moved back home and contact tracing lasting as much as 72 hours all the way from Paro, Thimphu, Wangdue, Tsirang, and Gelephug. However, all the primary and secondary contacts were found to be negative. The government started to supply all essential food items through a contact point with the help of Dessups.
As expected from the kindhearted King, His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck commanded the Royal Bhutan Army to start feeding stray animals on the streets so they would not go hungry during the period of national lockdown.
Bhutan has managed to swiftly curb Covid-19 and is still continuing to do so. Bhutan has 284 positive cases detected as of October 1st, 2020. From which 222 have recovered leaving only 62 active cases in isolation treatment. Bhutan has so far Zero COVID deaths.
Previously Booked Tours
In line with the travel restriction imposed by the Royal Government of Bhutan, all travel bookings have been canceled for 2020. BookMyTour will not be accepting any travel bookings in 2020.
All affected travelers will be given two choices:
- To get a full refund on the tour payment
- To reschedule their travel dates (there will be no rescheduling fees)
We will be taking Tour Bookings for 2021
After having to stay indoors a whole year, now with 2020 coming to an end, we look forward to welcoming 2021 with the hope of receiving all our zealous globe trotters back in their traveling pants. We are looking forward to opening our tour bookings soon for the year 2021 provided that all travelers agree to comply with COVID regulations and if any unforeseen setbacks shall occur, we will be refunding the full tour amount.
You can reach us through the following contact details:
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http://www.moh.gov.bt/ [Ministry of Health]