U.S. Relations With Bhutan

Fact Sheet
Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
Washington, DC
July 3, 2012

For the most recently published version of this fact sheet, see //2009-2017.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/.

More information about Bhutan is available on the Bhutan Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.


Bhutan became a member of the United Nations in 1971. Bhutan does not have diplomatic relations with any of the permanent members of the UN Security Council, including the United States. The U.S. has no significant trade relations with the country. Informal contact is maintained through the Bhutanese Embassy in India and the Bhutanese Mission to the United Nations in New York.

Bhutan participates in a regional program for South Asia sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that helps countries develop their power infrastructure (SARI-E). A few Bhutanese military officers have attended courses at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. The U.S. Government annually brings several Bhutanese participants to the United States through its International Visitors and Fulbright Programs.

The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, has consular responsibilities for Bhutan, but U.S. citizens also may request assistance from U.S. Embassies in Kathmandu, Nepal, or Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The U.S. Ambassador to India is Nancy J. Powell; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

More information about Bhutan is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Bhutan Page
CIA World Factbook Bhutan Page
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Country Studies
Travel and Business Information