Travel to Nepal during COVID-19: What you need to know before you go


5Min to Read | By Himalayan Windows | Feb 28, 2022

Covid-19 cases are in flux across the globe. Health officials warn that staying home is the best way to stop transmission until you are fully jabbed. We have tried to explain what to know if you still plan to travel to Nepal during Covid-19. For broad-minded individuals who value an experience that is authentic and mesmerizing, Nepal is the ideal destination. Come and revel in the untouched and the undiscovered and uncover yourself.

 

In the recent announcement, the UK government has lifted all the Covid-19 restrictions saying that “ Because of the efforts we have made as a country over the past two years, we can now deal with it in a very different way, moving from government restrictions to personal responsibility, so we protect ourselves without losing our abilities and maintaining our contingent capabilities so we can respond rapidly to any new variant” This message clearly says that we have to learn to live with Covid-19.

The lockdown in Nepal has been very hard for the poor villages throughout the country. Their only regular source of cash income is through daily waged work on farms and building sites, brick kilns and factories, etc. The early Lockdowns impacted Nepal very badly. Nepal is still coming through the third wave of the pandemic, gladly no lockdown is imposed and nearly 60% of the population is fully vaccinated. Although, the tourism industry is still facing difficulties welcoming tourists due to travel restrictions and lack of quick response on easing restrictions for the international visitors.

Patan Durbar Square

What’s on offer?

Nepal with rich ancient cultures sent against the most dramatic scenery in the world is a land of discovery and unique experience. For broad-minded individuals who value an experience that is authentic and mesmerizing, Nepal is the ideal destination. Come and revel in the untouched and the undiscovered and uncover yourself.

Nepal’s major tourist attractions include wilderness and adventure activities, religious sites, cultural and heritage sites. Apart from these, mountain climbing, trekking, rafting/Kayaking/Canyoning, hot air ballooning, bungee jumping, paragliding, ultralight aircraft, mountain biking, jungle safari, mountain flight, helicopter sightseeing, rock climbing, are among major activities that a tourist can explore in Nepal.

Who can go?

Since January 20, fully vaccinated travelers enter Nepal without any mandatory quarantine rules. The requirement for fully vaccinated travelers is to do a PCR test 72 hours before departure.

Non-Vaccinated travelers can also visit Nepal but are subject to additional testing and quarantine requirements. See below.

On Jan 20, the Nepal government has imposed modified entry rules due to the spread of the Omicron variant. This is the latest notice for tourists arriving and departing from Nepal.

The visa-issuance procedures and the required documents for the foreigners competing for vaccination against COVID-19.

For visa-on-arrival

Foreigners with complete vaccination are eligible for visas on arrival as per the prevailing immigration rules can apply for the visa at the immigration entry point of Nepal with the following documents in addition to those required for visa:

  1. Evidence of completion of 14 days of vaccination against Covid-19,
  2. Covid-19 negative report obtained within 72 hours of the departure from the first port of embarkation.
  3. Copy of mountaineering or trekking or other related permits if any,
  4. Proof of hotel reservation in Nepal,
  5. A printed copy of the international traveler Online Arrival Form obtain after online registration in ccmc.gov.np

To obtain Visa from Nepali missions abroad

Foreigners with complete vaccination shall submit the documents (as above) while applying for the visa at the Nepali missions aboard, and are required to submit the documents at the immigration entry point at Nepal.

Visa issuance procedure for non-vaccinated tourists

Tourists without vaccination or incomplete vaccination or within 14 days of vaccination shall mandatorily obtain a prior visa from Nepali missions abroad. Such foreigners shall submit the following documents:

  1. Copy of mountaineering or trekking or other related permits, if
  2. Proof of hotel reservation
  3. The covid-19 negative report obtained within 72 hours of the departure from the first port of embarkation.
What to do after arrival (for both vaccinated and non-vaccinated tourists)
  1. Foreigners without vaccination or incomplete vaccination or within 14 days of vaccination and all foreigners with Covid-19 symptoms and indications (even if they are vaccinated) are subject to antigen test at the immigration entry point. If tested positive, are subject to mandatory isolation or hospitalization specified by the Ministry of Health and Population, and mandatory 5 days hotel quarantine if tested negative.
  2. In case of unavailability of antigen test a mentioned above, are required antigen test at the hotel. If tested positive, are subject to mandatory isolation or hospitalization specified by the Ministry of Health and population, and mandatory 5 days hotel quarantine if tested negative.
  3. Foreigners with complete vaccination (without antigen test at the immigration entry point), are required to antigen test within 24 hours of hotel check-in and are allowed to move out only if tested negative. After that antigen test should be done every 72 hours.
  4. Expenses of Covid-19 test or isolation cost and other expenses including insurance should be bearded by the foreigners themselves.
  5. All foreigners in Nepal with symptoms and signs of Covid-19 shall go through the Covid-19 test and are subject to mandatory isolation at their own expense.

What’s the Covid-19 situation?

Nepal suffered a devastating Delta variant and now going through the Omicron variant. Omicron Cases are dropping that started to rise from early January. According to the ministry, as of 28 February, 956,413 infected people have recovered from the disease so far, and the number of active cases stands at 8,157, the death toll has now reached 11,935. 60% of the total population of the country has been fully vaccinated and boosters dose is in the rollout process.


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