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Working in Bhutan

It is not possible to gain employment in Bhutan with proper permits from the Chief Labour Administrator. The Ministry of Labour and Human Resources sets limits on the number of foreigners allowed to work in the country and those permitted to work in a given field or industry. Due to the not so open nature of the government and its policies, finding employment in the country is a challenge indeed. To add to problem is the fact that the local workforce is becoming increasingly skilled and there are only a limited number of options for the educated workers in a country that is based on basically an agricultural economy.

One possibility of employment is to teach. Organizations look for teachers to be located in government funded schools in rural areas of the country. The government is in the process of transforming the educational system in the country and looks to hire qualified teachers from abroad. The renewable one year contracts cover salary, accommodation, relief from the $250 daily tourist fee, bonuses for resigning for a second year, and a number of other fringe benefits.

There are only two ways to enter the country. Foreigners can enter by air through Bhutan’s only airport in the second largest city Paro or by road through the town of Phuentsholing on the Indian border. Tourists have to use the only airline serving the country Druk Air, and enter on one of its only two planes. The government reserves the right to refuse entry to people visiting for the purpose of mountaineering, research or publicity. All visitors must be in possession of two passport sized photos upon entry for use by immigration services. 


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