Bhutan (The Kingdom of)

History of Relations || Diplomatic Representation || Travel Info || Health Requirements || Climate Info || Currency Info || Trade Statistics || Visits and Meetings || Agreements || Interest Groups/ Organisations

History of Relations

The Republic of South Africa maintains contact with the Kingdom of Bhutan through the South African Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. The South African High Commission in New Delhi, India, monitors developments in Bhutan. No diplomatic relations.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Bhutan


Bhutan Representation in South Africa


Travel Info

Bhutan admits only about 5 000 tourists annually although the number of tourists is expected to grow slowly but steadily. Bhutan has always made it clear that it wants a small number of visitors who pay high daily rates for the rare privilege of being admitted into the country, still one of the most exclusive - and expensive - tourist destinations in the world.

Visa Requirements for South Africans

For more information visit the web site of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

Health Requirements

Visitors from South Africa are required to be in possession of a valid certificate of immunisation against yellow fever. The lowland areas are high risk malaria areas. Immunisation against hepatitis A & B as well as tetanus is recommended. Typhoid is present in some areas. Altitude sickness also occurs.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

Days are warm but nights are cold and require heavy clothing, especially in winter (December - February). The monsoon occurs between June and August. The climate is best in autumn, from late September to late November, when the skies are clear and mountain peaks visible. This is the ideal time for trekking and travelling throughout the country. From April to June rainfall is also at a minimum. Temperatures range from 15 to 30 degrees Celsius in the southern foothills to minus 10 to 35 degrees Celsius in Paro and Thimphu. The average relative humidity in the foothills measures 85% and in Paro and Thimphu between 40 and 50 %.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The monetary unit is the Ngultrum (Nu). One Nu 1 = 100 chetrums. The current rate of exchange is about Nu 43 to the US dollar. The Ngultrum has the same value as the Indian rupee which circulates at par with it. Hard currency allocation is subject to approval by the Ministry of Finance and/or issue of export licences.

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings


Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section at 012 351 0892/0742 or send an e-mail to:

Trade Statistics

Major imports into Bhutan include diesel, petrol, rice, wheat, vegetable fats and oils, cotton fabrics, industrial machinery, tyres (for buses and trucks), iron and steel and electrical energy.

Exports include calcium carbide, portland cement, particle board, plywood, logs, cardamom, wheat and flour.

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Bhutan, visit the web site of the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa

Interest Groups and Information


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