To dial home from Bhutan, use the international access code 00, followed by the destination country code, area code and number you wish to dial. Local numbers should be prefixed with 0.

For calls to Bhutan, the international dial code prefix may vary depending upon the country from which the call is made, but will be followed by the Bhutanese international number +975, followed by the area code and local number.

The main police emergency number is 113, which is free to call, and is suitable for use in all types of emergency. Additional free to call numbers are 110 for fire emergencies and 112 for an ambulance.

When travelling with Haivenu, you will also always be provided with an emergency contact number to access our help and assistance.

For mobile handsets, consult your service provider in advance of departure to activate your handset for use in Laos and seek advice concerning roaming charges, which are, however, likely to be expensive.

If your phone is unlocked, another option is to buy a SIM card locally, from the local B-Mobile company, who will require you to show your passport. For modern phones, your SIM may require cutting to size, which most B-Mobile branches can do for you. 3G coverage is widespread in towns and cities, but given the country’s mountainous topography, dropouts can be frequently encountered when travelling.


Many hotels in Bhutan provide free, but usually time-limited, Wi-Fi access, though some only provide lobby access. Internet cafes now also often provide charged Wi-Fi connections. Although improving, internet speeds are generally quite slow.


The electricity supply in Bhutan is 230 Volts, at 50 HZ.

A useful visual reference guide to the full range of international plug and socket varieties can be found at, which describes the type system in use on this website.

As yet, there is no standardised socket system for Bhutan, and you will likely encounter different socket systems in hotels all over the country. There are three types of socket currently in use, being the two pin type C, and two varieties of three pin sockets, the round-pin types D and M, and the British square style, type G.

For this reason it is best either to carry a range of suitable adapters or invest in one of the new universal adapters with retractable pins which are adaptable to differing formats, particularly if you are travelling to more than one country. Usefully, some models also provide additional USB connections.

 mobile phones, tablet computers, cameras etc., it may be worth bringing a multiple, preferably surge protected, outlet from your own country to avoid having to purchase several adapters, or to deal with a limited number of wall sockets.

In most cases, if your equipment normally runs on a 110 volt, 60 HZ supply, you will additionally need a portable transformer.


Although the Bhutanese have a traditional system of weights and measures, the model in everyday use is the international metric system based on the metre and gram.


Bhutanese postal services are run by Bhutan Post. Opening hours are from 09:00-16:30 on weekdays, and 09:00-13:00 on Saturdays. Bhutan Post offer very reliable mail services, including Fedex. Private DHL services are available in Thimpu.


The time zone in Bhutan is GMT+6, though it should be noted for calculation purposes that the country does not operate a daylight saving mechanism.