Bhutan is a small landlocked country, situated between China and India on all sides. For over a century, Bhutan has been cut off from the rest of the world, being governed by a hereditary monarchy. It was only in the 1970s that the country opened up to outsiders. Although the Bhutan is classified as a developing country, due to its mountainous and undeveloped landscape, Bhutan has attracted a growing amount of tourism in recent years. This peaceful country is also a great spot for expatriates who want to get away from it all and enjoy their famous “Gross National Happiness” index. GNH is a theory of sustainable development that asks will this development or policy make us happy.
Being an Expat in Bhutan
Note that travelling to Bhutan or becoming an expat in the country is not always easy. The government carefully controls the number of visitors to the country. You may be able to arrange a study abroad program for the country or volunteering position there. You will definitely love the food and culture that the country has to offer along with excellent cultural activities, historic sights and of course the natural beauty. Trekking in Bhutan is an amazing experience for visitors and expats alike.
Healthcare in Bhutan
Most healthcare facilities in Bhutan are limited in supplies and standards expected in Western hospitals. For emergencies or urgent healthcare needs, please visit Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in the capital city. However, it is common for expatriates and tourists to obtain helicopter evacuation coverage if they intend to explore higher-terrain regions of Bhutan.
Insurance for Expatriates in Bhutan
If you are residing in Bhutan, it is vital that you obtain a global medical insurance policy that will cover you both in Bhutan and outside the country. Adequate life and disability coverage is also a good idea.
Here is a list of different types of insurance coverage you will want if you are planning to become an expatriate in Bhutan:
- International Health Insurance
- Expat Life and Disability Insurance
- Travel Insurance
- Evacuation Coverage
- Group Expat Insurance Plans