Livestock farmers in the country are requested to keep a close watch on the health of their animals after feeding Karma Feeds and report any untoward incidents to the nearest DoL or BAFRA office for further investigation.

ANIMAL BIOSECURITY

    1. How can I import animal and animal products into Bhutan?

     

    Animals of any species and their products including foods of animal origin are restricted from entry into Bhutan by its laws. This ensures that the biosecurity risk to Bhutan’s agricultural industries and unique environment is minimized. Prior permission must be obtained from Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) to import any animal or their products including foods of animal origin. While at the entry point, the importer must declare these imported animals or their products to the BAFRA officials on duty along with relevant documents who would check and determine whether they can be allowed into Bhutan. Some products may require treatment to make them safe. Other items may be restricted due to pest and disease risks.

     

    1. Why can’t I bring or send animals and their products into Bhutan that are already available in Bhutan without having to acquire prior permission from BAFRA?

     

    The animals and their products that you find in Bhutan are being subjected to regular surveillance for pest and disease outbreaks. Similar items that are purchased overseas could carry pests or diseases and hence, cannot be imported without prior permission from BAFRA.

     

    1. What does BAFRA do to ensure that the animals and their products that they authorize for import does not pose any biosecurity risks?

     

    Upon receipt of the request to import animals and their products into the country, BAFRA conducts import risk assessment. If the biosecurity risk is minimal, import is authorized but with certain conditions viz. the need for the Zoosanitary/ health certificate issued by the competent authority of the exporting country. If the biosecurity risk is high, request for import of animals and their products is denied.

     

    1. Can I take animals and their products or other items from Bhutan through an airport to another country?

     

    Export of endangered or protected species of animal and their products from Bhutan is restricted. Otherwise, each country has specific requirements as to items that are allowed to be imported. For further information you should contact the relevant country’s quarantine office.

    1. What is the procedure to import live animals including pet dogs or cats into Bhutan?

    Conditions for importing live animals including dogs and cats vary depending on the species of the animals involved and the country of origin. However, all animals entering Bhutan require an import permit, issued by the BAFRA. To obtain an import permit, an application to import your animals must be completed and submitted to the nearest BAFRA office. Your application must include the details of the animals to be imported including the entry point via which the animals would be imported. The animals would be quarantined at the entry point for a minimum period of 15 days except for pet animals (dogs and cats) and day-old chicks which would be quarantined at the place of destination.

    1. What is the procedure to import animal products into Bhutan?

     

    To obtain an import permit, an application to import animal products must be completed and submitted to the nearest BAFRA office. Your application must include the details of the products to be imported (as required in the application form) including the entry point via which the products would be imported. Permit would be issued if the biosecurity risk posed by products to be imported is minimal. The applicant must import the products as per the conditions prescribed in the permit.

     

    1. What is the fee levied for issuing import permits?

    If the import is for commercial purpose, a permit fee of Nu. 300/- per permit is charged. If the import is for personal use/consumption, a fee of Nu. 100/- is charged per permit issued.

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Import of animals/plants and their products are allowed into the country with prior approval and obtaining Import Permit from BAFRA. At arrival at the point of entry, the consignment intended for import must be accompanied with a Phytosanitary Certificate for plant consignment and Zoo-sanitary Certificate for animal consignment...more

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...more

BAFRA facilitates the export of plant and plant products by issuing the certificates as per the requirements of the importing country following the procedure below...more

BAFRA issues food handlers license after a health interview, training on food safety, and signing an undertaking that the food handler and all those under their supervision avoid themselves from handling food under certain conditions of illness as listed below...more

A person who intends to operate a food business requires a food safety license from BAFRA. BAFRA issues food safety licence to a food business that complies with BAFRA GHP/GMP Criteria  for Licensing of food business. To obtain a food safety licence...more

To provide food testing services to the regulators, food businesses and the general public, National Food Testing Laboratory was established, and it has following testing facilities..more

BAFRA provides product certification services to support the farmers, industries and commerce in Bhutan for market access and trade facilitation. BAFRA implements product certification in conformity with ISO IEC 17065:2012 to provide a third party mark of certification. Our certification services will enable you...more


BAFRA SYSTEMS

1. Bhutan Biosafety Clearing House (BBCH)
2. Regulated Plant Pests and Diseases Database
3. Laboratory Information Management System

4. Bhutan Bio-security and Food Safety System

5. SPS Portal

NATIONAL

  1. Ministry of Agriculture and Forests
  2. Ministry of Economic Affairs
  3. Ministry of Education
  4. Ministry of Finance
  5. Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  6. Ministry of Health
  7. Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs
  8. Ministry of Information and Communications
  9. Ministry of Labour Human Resources
  10. Ministry of Works and Human Settlement
  11. Royal Civil Service Commission
  12. Royal Audit Authority
  13. Bhutan Standards Bureau
  14. Drug Regulatory Authority
  15. G2C
  16. Election Commission of Bhutan
  17. Anticorruption Commission

INTERNATIONAL

  1. Codex Alimentarius Commission
  2. International Plant Protection Convention
  3. Internal Organization for Animal Health
  4. World Health Organization
  5. Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations
  6. World Food Programme

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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