Upon the detection of the first COVID-19 case in Bhutan on March 5, 2020, Bhutan government has initially imposed a two-week ban for all incoming tourists into the country. The government has further extended the travel restriction until further notice in view of the escalating COVID-19 situation in some countries.
The first COVID-19 patient, a 76-year old US citizen has been flown back to the United States on March 13, 2020 via a special Phoenix air ambulance N163PA. He is in stable condition and doing very well. The daughter of the patient has written an email to express her gratitude towards His Majesty, the Prime Minister Office and all the healthcare workers who provided the utmost care to her father when he was in Bhutan.
Bhutan is currently still in Orange zone where precautionary measures are in place such as isolation and quarantine of Bhutanese returning to the country. All the schools and institutions across the country will also remain closed until further notice.
The citizens have also been advised to avoid any gathering of crowds during this period of time.
The government is closely monitoring the situation within and beyond the country.