U.S. Relations With Bhutan

Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
Fact Sheet
July 7, 2016

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. Although Bhutan and the United States have never established formal diplomatic relations, the two countries maintain warm, informal relations via the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, and Bhutan's Mission to the United Nations in New York.

The U.S. Government annually brings several Bhutanese participants to the United States through its International Visitors, Humphrey Fellows, and Fulbright Programs. Bhutan participates in the South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy Integration (SARI/EI), a program sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that helps countries increase energy security through cross-border trade, clean energy access, and improved energy market practices.. Bhutan receives USAID-supported training on a range of disaster management topics and State Department-supported assistance to implement programs to counter trafficking in persons. Bhutanese officials and military officers have attended courses at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.

Bhutan's Membership in International Organizations

Bhutan and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi has consular responsibilities for Bhutan and maintains frequent and friendly communications with the Bhutanese Embassy in New Delhi. A consular officer periodically visits Bhutan to renew passports, provide notarial services, and take applications for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.

Ambassador Richard Verma has served as the U.S. Ambassador to India since January 2015. Other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Bhutan maintains a consulate general in the United States at 343 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017 (tel: 202-682-2268).

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