Vehicles are seen driving along a road in a valley near Punakha, Bhutan. The country of fewer than 800,000 people has banned most vehicle imports to preserve its dwindling foreign exchange reserves. Photo: AFP
Vehicles are seen driving along a road in a valley near Punakha, Bhutan. The country of fewer than 800,000 people has banned most vehicle imports to preserve its dwindling foreign exchange reserves. Photo: AFP
Bhutan

Zero-Covid Bhutan bans vehicle imports to stave off a Sri Lanka-style crisis

  • The tiny Himalayan nation is grappling with the effects of soaring commodity prices and a strict zero-Covid policy that bars foreign tourists
  • As of December, foreign exchange reserves had declined to US$970 million, from US$1.46 billion in April 2021, according to official data

Vehicles are seen driving along a road in a valley near Punakha, Bhutan. The country of fewer than 800,000 people has banned most vehicle imports to preserve its dwindling foreign exchange reserves. Photo: AFP
Vehicles are seen driving along a road in a valley near Punakha, Bhutan. The country of fewer than 800,000 people has banned most vehicle imports to preserve its dwindling foreign exchange reserves. Photo: AFP
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