Bhutan Lifts Mandatory 5-Days Quarantine Starting July 04

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The Royal Govt of Bhutan on Sunday announced a relaxation of Covid-19 measures and said that it has decided to lift the five-day facility quarantine for all international travellers starting Monday, July 4, 2022.

The Bhutan Govt in a press release said, we acknowledge the consequences and problems the arrangement has caused travellers so far, it was designed to strengthen and defend our country and communities against COVID-19, which is currently in the “pandemic” stage. We have consistently witnessed a low positive rate (1.46%) and good trends of zero fatalities and hospitalizations during the transition into Phase II.

Taking these beneficial advances into account, a new “Test-and-Go” system (required to stay home/hotel quarantine for 24 hours or until a negative RT-PCR result is confirmed) will be implemented beginning July 4, 2022, with the duration of the stay home/hotel strictly monitored.

While the RT-PCR test sample will be taken at the point of entry, verification of vaccination certificate or evidence of COVID-19 infection in the six months before to the visit will be required. Anyone who tests positive will be required to isolate themselves for five days at home or at a hotel.

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Besides Paro, Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrupjongkar, the test results at other points of entry may take more than 24 hours due to the non-availability of the RT-PCR testing facility. Those already undergoing the five-day quarantine and who have tested negative will be allowed to end their quarantine as per the “Test-and-Go” protocol from July 4, 2022.

The release also stated that while we proceed cautiously, vaccine and booster shots will be vital tools in our united effort to end the pandemic.

This is an important step forward in the country’s fight against the epidemic. From the uncompromising 21-day quarantine system to the 14-day to five-day quarantine system, and now being able to fully eliminate it, is a triumph we have all accomplished together. It has fulfilled the objective of protecting the country against illness and its various variations.


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