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    HIGH MEDICAL RISK for Nepal
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for Nepal
    HIGH TRAVEL RISK for South


COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Very High -

Inbound travel is generally not possible. Government authorities may grant exceptions to specific travellers.

No inbound entry, including for citizens and residents. Government authorities may authorise exceptions, but these are not applicable to the vast majority of travellers.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Medium -

COVID-related impacts posing routine challenges to business operations.

The medical, logistics and security environments are impacted by the pressures of COVID-19. Pre-existing security risks increasingly likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns and associated pressures in the near/medium term. There may be delay in accessing urgent care due to pressures on the medical system. Core protective  elements of BCP likely to be implemented: non-essential staff  working from home, staff tracing in place, reinforced hygiene and segregation practices with robust escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundAll flights to/from Nepal have been suspended until 31 May. Bi-weekly flights between Delhi and Kathmandu will continue.


Entry to Nepal is allowed for diplomats, international organisation workers and those of Nepali origin/citizenship. All other travellers are expected to procure a tourist visa to enter Nepal. Entry for other purposes is contingent upon application to and approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs. Nepal has resumed issuance of tourist visas at its diplomatic missions.

All inbound travellers to Nepal must present a negative COVID-19 result issued within 72 hours of departure. All travellers arriving in Nepal on tourist visa are required to submit a test sample for RT-PCR testing upon arrival at their own cost. This is also applicable to those travelling with a vaccination certificate.
(Until further notice)
Visa services and visa-on-arrival facilities, including those granted to non-resident Nepali card holders are suspended. However, the Department of Immigration has decided to resume all in-country visa facilities which will allow stranded foreign nationals within Nepal to have their visas extended, though they will have to pay the regular visa fee, late fee, and a penalty. Details can be obtained here: https://www.immigration.gov.np/
(Until further notice)
All foreign nationals (including those with business, study, diplomatic, official visas) and Nepali nationals, including Non Resident Nepalis (NRNs), allowed entry to Nepal must present a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within the 72 hours prior to travel. All travellers must also provide proof of advance booking of hotels for seven days and produce a barcode or print copy of a form they must complete, which can be accessed from the Covid Crisis Management Centre website. After seven-day quarantine at a hotel, travellers must remain in home quarantine for another 14 days from the date that the written notice is issued. All travellers arriving in Nepal must also submit documentation proving that they have insurance of at least USD $5,000.
(Until further notice)
The land border with India is closed. However, 20 designated entry points have reopened for Nepalese citizens currently in India wishing to repatriate. Further information on the designated entry points and quarantine requirements upon entry can be found here: https://in.nepalembassy.gov.np/. All foreign nationals entering Nepal via land must apply for pre-approval or obtain a recommendation from the Government of Nepal.

Travellers from India entering Nepal via the Bhansar, Jhulaghat, Kanchanpur, Khakraula and Trinagar borders are required to undergo rapid antigen test while crossing the border. Those with presence of COVID-19 viral proteins will be transferred to isolation wards run by the government. Those entering the country have been advised to undergo ten days of self-imposed home-quarantine. This is not mandatory.
(Until further notice)
The Rasuwagadhi-Kerung checkpoint on the land border with China has reopened. The Tatopani-Zhangmu checkpoint is closed.
(Until further notice)
Limited flights to China, Qatar and Turkey to resume from 1 June. Two weekly flights each will operate to and from China and Qatar, while there will be one flight per week between Turkey and Nepal. India is currently operating two weekly flights to Nepal.
(Until further notice)
Travellers from countries with the new variant of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 VUI 2020/12/01) are required to undergo quarantine for ten days
For more details: https://caanepal.gov.np/news-detail/post/about-new-provision-passenger-arrival-nepal
(Until further notice)
COVID-19 vaccinated travellers who have received both doses are not required to undergo quarantine. They need to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR-RT report prior to departure and submit documents proving their vaccination. On arrival, they are required to undergo an additional self-paid RT-PCR test and remain in isolation until the results are confirmed negative, following which they are allowed to continue their journey.
(Until further notice)
OutboundTransit via Nepal has been banned until further notice. Departure flights will continue. https://www.immigration.gov.np/post/notice-regarding-using-tia-as-transit
(Until further notice)
UAE restricts entry for all passengers from Nepal until 7 July. This includes those who have visited the country in the last 14 days. Diplomats, UAE nationals and Golden visa holders are exempt from this decision, who are required to take RT-PCR test not more than 48 hours before the departure.
Cargo flights remain unaffected.
(Ends 7 July 2021)
Malaysia has imposed a travel ban on citizens from Nepal. The restriction involves all categories holding long-term social visit passes, business travellers and for social visits.
(Until further notice)
Business travellers returning within five days are allowed to re-enter with a negative COVID-19 test report.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticThe Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has issued guidelines for foreign tourists to follow in order while conducting trekking and mountaineering activities.

• Tourists must secure an entry-visa, or an entry-permit in absence of visa-provision in their countries in co-ordination with respective agencies.
• They must carry with themselves a PCR test report conducted not more than 72 hours ago, attesting that the person has tested negative for COVID-19. Along with the report, the traveller must have booking-documents for the hotel wherein they will stay for at least seven days in quarantine.
• Tourists must provide papers proving they have an insurance of USD5,000.
• Following that the traveller must also undergo a PCR test at their own expense on the fifth day of being quarantined. They may proceed for the purported activity at the end of quarantine period only on testing negative for the disease. If the test results in a positive, the person must stay in quarantine for as long as they do not test negative.
• The Ministry also states that the trekking or mountaineering agency must insure travellers from Nepal against coronavirus for a sum of Rs 100,000 prior to applying for permit.
(Until further notice)
Movement restrictions have been reimposed. Offices are advised that their staff should work remotely. The government has banned the selling of vegetables, fruits and clothes on footpaths, as well as pushcarts and bicycles and the collection of scraps. Schools and recreational establishments, religious gatherings and activities will remain closed. Public gatherings of more than 25 people remain banned.
(Until further notice)
Inter-district travel remains limited. In the case of an emergency, only the Chief District Officer has the authority to issue permission to travel within districts. Entry into Kathmandu Valley is barred unless for emergency cases. Passes will be issued to approved travellers. Travellers with scheduled repatriation flights are also required to obtain a pass permit for interdistrict travel.
(Until further notice)
The authorities have allowed district- and sub-district-level officials to implement localised lockdown measures.
(Until further notice)
Domestic flights and long haul vehicular movement have resumed. Free movement is permitted and business activity has resumed. Schools have also reopened. Public gatherings including sporting and cultural events are allowed. Wearing of masks is mandatory in public.
(Until further notice)
Prohibitory orders are in place until 28 June in the Kathmandu valley region, which is comprised of Bhaktapur, Kathmandu and Lalitpur districts (all Bagmati Pradesh province). Essential services are exempt. Under the revised restrictions, private vehicles, including taxis, are allowed to operate on an odd-even basis. Public transport services remain suspended. Further relaxations have been provided to shops and commercial establishments dealing in non-essential services.
(Ends 28 June 2021)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Nepal

COVID-19 information for Nepal

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The country witnesses intermittent bouts of demonstrations in the capital Kathmandu and other parts of the country, particularly in the Terai. Grievances are mostly related to socio-economic issues, as well as disagreements between various interest groups over the country's new constitution. Such events may involve bandhs (shutdown strikes), which 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 rare, minor bombings have also occurred in the capital and the second largest city Pokhara (Gandaki Pradesh province). 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.

There is a continued risk of major earthquakes and assignees 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 follow our alerts to stay informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

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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