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    Currency in Bhutan – Bhutanese ngultrum BTN

    A practical foreign exchange and currency guide to Bhutan


    What currency is used in Bhutan?

    The official currency of Bhutan is the Bhutanese ngultrum, with symbol Nu. and currency code BTN.


    Things to know about the Bhutanese ngultrum


    What the Bhutanese ngultrum looks like?




    Bhutanese ngultrum – Markets & Rates

    1 USD = 81.59 BTN
    Sell USD  →  Buy BTN
    USD to BTN at 81.59 is just above its 90-day average 81.27 with range 78.84-83.05.

    11 Nov 2022
    1% 2 Week
    27 Aug 2022
    1.7% 3 Month
    25 Nov 2021
    9.7% 1 Year
    26 Nov 2017
    27% 5 Year
    27 Nov 2012
    46.9% 10 Year
    30 Nov 2002
    70.1% 20 Year
    USD/BTN historic rates & change to 25-Nov-2022



    Compare Bhutanese ngultrum Exchange Rates & Fees

    The below comparison table makes it easy to find the best exchange rates and lowest fees when you want to make a Transfer or Spend Bhutanese ngultrum.

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    Travelling to Bhutan

    A landlocked country in South Asia, the Kingdom of Bhutan is located at the eastern end of the Himalayas. The country shares borders with China and India. Nepal is separated from Bhutan by the Indian state of Sikkim and Bangladesh is separated from Bhutan by the Indian states of West Bengal and Assam.

    Bhutan’s unit of currency is called the Bhutanese Ngultrum (BTN). Tourist can exchange traveler’s cheques or cash at the foreign exchange desk at Paro Airport and Bank of Bhutan branches in major townships such as Paro and Thimphu. As you travel into the interior, ATM and banking facilities are almost non-existent. We suggest that you do your banking whilst in Paro or Thimphu, and take local currency with you to the countryside.

    Currencies that can be exchanged include the U.S. Dollar, Pound Sterling, Euro, Japanese Yen, Swiss Franc, Hong Kong Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Denish Kroner, Australlian Dollar and Singapore Dollar. Some hotels also provide foreign exchange services, however many of these are limited to U.S. Dollar exchanges.

    Credit cards only accepted in a very limited number of handicraft stores in Thimphu and high-end hotels.

    Limited ATM facilities are available in major townships. MasterCard and Visa international credit and debit cards can be used on these ATM’s to withdraw cash.

    You may need to show your passport when you exchange money or travelers cheques.

    Do I need a visa for Bhutan?

    Upon entering Bhutan, all foreigners are issued a 7 or 14 days “Entry Permit” by default, valid for Thimphu and Paro only. The rest of Bhutan is considered a restricted area, and foreigners need a “Restricted-Area Permit” to enter. Immigration checkpoints are located at important road junctions throughout the country, where police check the permits of all foreigners they find. In addition, foreigners wishing to visit Buddhist temples must obtain a “Temple Permit” from the Ministry of Culture.

    While these permits are typically arranged by the tour operators, Indian, Bangladeshi, and Maldivian visitors who did not book through a licensed tour operator must apply for them in person at the Immigration office in Thimphu. The permits can also be extended at the Immigration office in Thimphu for a charge. Citizens of Bangladesh, India, and Maldives are exempt from charges on issuance and extensions of permits.

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    Can foreigners buy land in Bhutan?

    A person has to be a Bhutanese citizen by birth, to buy land and own properties in Bhutan.




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