The United States of America is among the first countries with whom the Kingdom of Bhutan established consular relations. While Bhutan and the United States does not have diplomatic relations, the two countries established consular relations on 23 July 1986. Pursuant to this, the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Bhutan was established in New York with an officer from the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the United Nations holding dual accreditation as the Consul General. During the early days, the Consulate General had jurisdiction only within the State of New York. However, with increasing consular services that needed to be provided to Bhutanese residing in other States, the jurisdiction was enlarged. Today, the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Bhutan based in New York is accredited with territorial jurisdiction to all the 50 States of United States of America.
In order to assist the Consulate General, the Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Bhutan in the State of Washington with jurisdiction over the west coast has also been established. Currently the Hon. Brian N. Baird serves as the Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Bhutan based in Washington State with consular jurisdiction over 11 States in the West Coast including Washington State.
Mr. Phuntsho Norbu is the current Consul General of the Kingdom of Bhutan and is assisted by Mr. Sangay Khandu, Consul (Education) at the Consulate General.
The Consulate General of the Kingdom of Bhutan is located at 763, 1 U.N. Plaza, New York NY 10017.