Coronavirus and Nepal

Updates regarding impacts on travel to and in Nepal.

17th November 2020

Tourism

Our contacts in Kathmandu have advised us that Visa On Arrival is available if you have booked a tour, and can provide evidence of such, with a tour operator registered with the Nepal Tourism Board. Furthermore, mandatory self isolation for 7 days does not apply if you arrive with a negative PCR test from within the previous 72 hours of your arrival.

We are advised however, that changes to policies are coming soon, what they will be we do not know, but will post updates here as soon as available.

Status Update on Trekking Areas in Nepal from the Nepal Tourism Board.

Download Entry Protocol for Mountaineering Expeditions and Trekking in Nepal.

16th November 2020

Coronavirus Cases Nepal

As of today, Nepal has recorded 210,973 cases of the Coronavirus infection and reports 176,364 people have recovered from the disease.

A total of 1,230 COVID-19 fatalities have been confirmed. Currently more than than 1,000 new cases are reported daily with more than 1,000 people currently quarantined in various facilities across the country.

Tourism

On September 17th the Nepalese government announced that trekking and mountaineering activities would be authorised from October 17th 2020. A further update is coming soon regarding Visa requirements and Visa On Arrival.

Status Update on Trekking Areas in Nepal from the Nepal Tourism Board.

Download Entry Protocol for Mountaineering Expeditions and Trekking in Nepal.

14th March 2020

Taking into account that the World Health Organisation has declared the Coronavirus outbreak a ‘pandemic’, the Nepal Department of Immigration has suspended visa-on-arrival facility for all foreigners entering the country through Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) from March 14 to April 30.

All land ports of entry for foreigners are now closed during the same period and all travellers are requested to use TIA only.

Furthermore, The Himalayan Times reports sweeping travel restrictions:

All foreigners with a prior valid visa of Nepal have to submit a swab test PCR health certificate issued maximum seven days before their arrival date to Nepal and must be submitted at the immigration office in TIA.

Any foreign nationals including Non Resident Nepalis (NRNs) wanting to visit Nepal for important reasons may contact the Nepali diplomatic missions abroad. A recent swab test PCR health certificate issued maximum seven days before their arrival to Nepal is mandatory along with visa application and it has to be submitted at the TIA immigration office.

On-arrival-visa (Gratis) facility granted to Non-Resident Nepali card holders is also suspended for the aforementioned period.

All foreign nationals entering Nepal from March 14, 2020 are subjected to stay in self quarantine and Nepali nationals including NRNs are subjected to stay in home quarantine for 14 days from the date of their arrival.

Foreigners with diplomatic and official visa entering Nepal for the first time or travelling back to Nepal are subjected to stay in self quarantine for 14 days.

Foreigners with business, study and working visa travelling back to Nepal are subjected to stay in self quarantine for 14 days. All Nepali nationals residing abroad are requested to avoid non-essential travel and are urged to follow high precautionary measures.

All the land ports of entry remain closed for arrival in Nepal during the aforementioned period to the foreigners from third countries and are requested to use Tribhuvan International Airport only.

Likewise, all the permits for mountaineering expeditions issued and to be issued for the spring season of 2020 are suspended.

As other drastic measures, the government plans to completely halt flights to and from affected countries. It will seal border points and only allow import/export of essential goods. Other measures include mobilising maximum human resources, logistics and technology in all hospitals and health centres across the country and putting in place mobile health centres, if need be.

 

10th March 2020

The government of Nepal has temporarily suspended visa-on-arrival for citizens of China, Iran, Italy, Korea, Japan, France, Germany and Spain.

However, citizens of these countries wanting to visit Nepal can obtain a visa prior to departure from Nepali embassies abroad.

It is mandatory for nationals of the eight countries to submit a recently issued health document certifying that they are not infected with COVID-19, along with their visa application.

The health certificate must be issued a maximum of seven days before the time of arrival in Nepal.

Travelers transiting from these countries must submit a health certificate along with visa documents upon arrival at any land Point of Entry and Exit (PoE) in Nepal.

Nepal has temporarily suspended all the land PoE (Point of Entry and Exit). Travelers are recommended to use Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, as POE, until the further notice.

2nd March 2020 Nepal has only 1 confirmed case of COVID19 (Wuhan Coronavirus).

At this time Nepal is regarded as safe to travel to.

The Government of Nepal has decided to temporarily suspend visa-on-arrival for the nationals of the following countries, effective from March 10, 2020 until further notice:

  • People’s Republic of China, including Special Administrative Regions
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Italy
  • Republic of Korea
  • Japan

Read Nepal Tourism Board Release

For the latest information on Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) visit World Health Organisation Situation Reports published daily.

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