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Risk Ratings  

    HIGH TRAVEL RISK for South

Risk Summary

The country has a history of frequent demonstrations in Kathmandu and other parts of the country, particularly in the southern region of Terai, in response to socio-economic grievances, as well as disagreements between various interest groups over the country's new constitution. Such events – along with bandhs (shutdown strikes) – can limit the conduct of normal business activity and disrupt overland travel.

Occasional small bombings occur in the Terai region, which lies along the country's border with India; while small scale bombings have also occurred in the capital, such incidents are rare. The targets for such attacks usually include government offices and residences, police and military personnel, and personnel and property belonging to rival political organisations.

Road safety levels are poor and are exacerbated by periodic flooding. Pickpockets and minor confidence tricksters are common in tourist areas. Several incidents have also been reported of solo trekkers in the country's national parks being targeted for robbery or sexual assault; several people have also gone missing while trekking alone. While both male and female trekkers are at risk, the latter remain particularly vulnerable to targeted attacks.

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake that struck on 12 May 2015, around 52 miles (83km) north-east of the capital Kathmandu, as well as a magnitude 7.9 earthquake that struck on 25 April 2015, around 50 miles (80km) north-west of Kathmandu, killed more than 8,000 people and caused significant damage to infrastructure. Members should confirm access to medical care, food, water, shelter and telecommunications (satellite phones are permitted in Nepal) before deployment to the country.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.


Vaccinations For Nepal
CholeraOral vaccination is recommended for travellers
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Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Japanese encephalitisVaccine is recommended for people who will
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PolioProof of vaccination is required for entry into
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Yellow feverA yellow fever vaccination certificate is
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Routine Vaccinations

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