Plant and Animal Quarantine Services

The primary mandates of Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) is to implement effective biosecurity measures to protect the agriculture farming system including animal health, and public health from risks of entry, establishment and spread of exotic and or notifiable pests and diseases. Thus, a major role is placed on the Plant and Animal Quarantine Offices at the point of entries which serve as a first line of defense to prevent the introduction of such pests and diseases into the country. To facilitate biosecurity invasion, BAFRA has established quarantine stations and facilities at six official entry points i.e Samtse, Phuentsholing, Gelephu, Nganglam, Samdrup Jongkhar and Paro as authorized under Sections 8.3 and 36.5 of the Livestock Act of Bhutan 2001 and Section 5(h) of the Plant Quarantine Act of Bhutan 1993.

Sl. No.Means of EntryBAFRA officeYear of EstablishmentAccomodation Capacity (in numbers)Location
    Large AnimalsPigsGoats/Sheep 
1AirPlant and Animal Quarantine Station, Paro2008810060Paro, Paro
2LandPlant and Animal Quarantine Station, Samdrup Jongkhar200840  Samdrup Jongkhar, Samdrup Jongkhar
3LandPlant and Animal Quarantine Station, Gelephu200820100100Gelephu, Sarpang
4LandPlant and Animal Quarantine Station, Phuentsholing201640  Phuentsholing, Chukha
5LandPlant and Animal Quarantine Station, Nganglam201740  Nganglam, Pemagatshel
6LandPlant and Animal Quarantine Station, Samtse20082010060Samtse, Samtse

Quarantine Accommodation Fees for animals, poultry and other birds

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Animal categories

Fee structure (Nu)


Large ruminant



Small ruminant












Other pets






Up to 100 poultry and other birds

Additional fee for every 100 poultry and other birds thereon





  1. Following approval of the import request, the importer has to contact the Officer Incharge of BAFRA at the declared entry point and book the quarantine station at least two weeks in advance before the date of arrival of the animals.
  2. On arrival at the entry point, the importer must declare the imported animals to the BAFRA officials on duty along with necessary documents. When required documents are provided, on-board inspection will be carried out. 
  3. Animals are then transported to the quarantine station and unloaded under the supervision of the BAFRA officials on duty and the animals are admitted into the quarantine station. The animals will be quarantined for a minimum period of 15 days.
  4. While in quarantine station, BAFRA official will carry out zoo-sanitary investigation of the area of origin of animals in the source country for possible disease outbreak immediately after departure of the animals, carry out clinical examination of the animals and necessary treatment if required, collect necessary samples and send to referral laboratories for screening against notifiable and or exotic animal diseases. 
  5. If the quarantined animals clear biosecurity screening procedures as per the Bhutan Health Code for Import of Animals, the animals will be allowed entry into the country after payment of admissible quarantine fees. If not, the animals will be re-exported or will be humanely destroyed.
  6. The expenditure incurred for the animal quarantine will be undertaken by the owner/ importer.


  1. On arrival of the plant/plant products at the point of entry, the importer must declare the consignment to the BAFRA officials on duty along with valid documents.
  2. Inspection shall be carried out by the Plant quarantine officials at the point of entry to assess the identity and integrity of the consignment. 
  3. The officer on duty shall inspect the consignment for regulated pests, signs and symptoms of pests and diseases or organism and if the consignment complies with the requirements, it will be released.
  4. If the consignments are found with pests or signs and symptoms of pests and diseases, a representative sample may be drawn for examination from the consignment and conduct a test for post entry quarantine decision.
  5. The consignment with risk which can be reduced to negligible level, the officer on duty shall conduct appropriate treatment for required duration at the appropriate station and analysis by relevant agencies at the cost of importer.
  6. Consignment with quarantine pest or disease or associated quarantine risk shall be detained for removal or seizure and destruction or re-export at the cost of importer upon serving detention notice.

Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Post Box: 1071, 

Thimphu, Bhutan, Tel: +975-02-327031/325790 Fax: +975-02-327032/335540