The British Honorary Consulate in Bhutan was opened on 1st April 2013 when Michael Rutland, Esq. OBE was appointed as the first Honorary Consul of the United Kingdom in Bhutan.
Michael Rutland first lived in Bhutan in 1971, when he assisted in setting up the Ugyen Wangchuck Academy in Paro and taught Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics there. Subsequently he visited Bhutan regularly, and worked briefly for the UN (ILO) as a Consultant in the field of Technical and Vocational Education. Since 2000, Michael Rutland has lived in Thimphu. He was created a citizen of Bhutan by H.M.The Fourth King in 2006. He was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005 for services to British-Bhutan relations and also holds the Bhutan Coronation Gold Medal. Michael Rutland presents a weekly educational television programme produced by the Royal Tutorial Project and broadcast on Bhutan Broadcasting Service Channel 2. He is a Founder and presently the Chairman of the Bhutan Society of the United Kingdom (www.bhutansociety.org). He is also a member of the International Council of the English Speaking Union. For six years prior to becoming the United Kingdom’s Honorary Consul in Bhutan, Michael Rutland held the appointment of Honorary Consul of Bhutan in the United Kingdom.
Role of the British Honorary Consulate in Bhutan
The British Honorary Consulate in Bhutan was established by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office primarily to represent the United Kingdom in Bhutan. Please note that it is specifically not tasked with normal Consular responsibilities (for example, dealing with lost UK Passports). Consular responsibility and assistance for United Kingdom Citizens visiting or working in Bhutan is held by the British Deputy High Commission in Kolkatta whose contact details are on the ‘Contacts’ page. For United Kingdom Nationals visiting or residing in Bhutan there is a Consular Warden, whose details are on the ‘CONTACTS’ page.
There is a British Consular Warden appointed in Bhutan who may be able to assist British nationals: Mr. Kesang Wangchuk, Tel: 17609032, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that the British Honorary Consulate does NOT issue United Kingdom Visas. For further information see ‘VISAS’ page.