Coronavirus travel advisory for Nepal

Coronavirus travel advisory for Nepal

Coronavirus in Nepal news and travel advisory

Partial lockdown imposed from Monday, 23 March 2020

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Monday addressed the nation, advising the public not to panic but to take necessary prevention measures against the spread of novel coronavirus infection in Nepal. He also announced some drastic steps taken to check possible spread of the virus. 

Here are some of the announcement made :

  • All international flights will be suspended March 22 to 31.
  • Close public and private offices except those providing emergency services from March 22 o April 3.
  • Halt the operation of long-route public buses from March 23.
  • Provide Rs 100 million to a fund established by the SAARC nationals to flight the Covid-19.

Update from the department of Nepal Immigration

13 March 2020
All tourist visas are on hold until 30 April

Nepal Govermnet decided to stop issuing on-arrival visa to all countries and stopped issuing climbing permits for all poeaks including Mt Everest. The decision was made after the World Health Organization decleared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic and urged countries to take precautionary measures. The regulation will come into effect from March 14 and last until April 30. 

However diplomatic and official visas will be granted normally. 

Government also decided to restrict travellers movement between Nepal and India via land routes. Only emergency visas will be granded to the foreigners willing to come to Nepal. The emergency visa required recent medical certificate. 

Similarly all Spring expeditions and climbing permits are also cacelled. The decision put an end to the Everest expedition as well. 

10 March 2020
France, Spain and Germany also won't get visa on arrival.

3 more countries; France, Spain and Germany were added to the list of countries for whom on arrival visa are suspended temporairly. The new regulation will be effective from 13 March 2020. With addition of these three countries, travelers from following eight countries will have to obtain visa beforehand from the Nepali Mission abroad. Travellers need to submit recently issued health certificate for the visa application.  
France, Spain, Germany, People's Republic of China, including Special Administrative Regions, Islamic Republic of Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea, Japan 

Nepal is the safest country to visit amid the outbreak of Corona Virus. The pristine Himalayan environment, high altitude and the geographical isolation makes Nepal the best place to escape from the mayhem of global pandemic. Nepal never had viral epidemic. 

With proper precautions and some regulations from government, travelers are finding Nepal as a safe destination to travel this spring.

3 March 2020
Taking the spread of virus in account and the global recommendations and measures of WHO, the Government of Nepal has decided to temporarily suspend visa-on-arrival for the nationals of the following countries, effective from 10 March, 2020 to till the date of further notice:

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

However, those willing to visit Nepal can obtain visa beforehand from the Nepali Missions abroad. Applicants in these countries are required to submit a recently issued health certificate with the visa application.

Coronavirus case in Nepal

Nepal had first and the only case of deadly corona virus reported on 13 January. The infected person was Nepali student who returned from the Chinese city of Wuhan on 5th January. The 31-year-old man, was doing his PhD in Wuhan. He was treated successfully and went through self quarantine without infecting others. 

Visit Nepal Year 2020 postponed

Stake holders of Nepal tourism industries and Nepalese citizens were hoping high about the ‘Visit Nepal Year 2020’. The year was targeted to increase number of tourists to 2 million from the 1.1 million in 2019. The global spread of the Coronavirus, made Nepal government to cancel all the promotional activities for VNY2020. The cabinet may soon declare the Visit Nepal Year 2022 instead. 

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Nepal travel tips during the Corona virus outbreak

  • Book refundable flight, hotels and tour services. With the low flow of tourists, it is possible to book logistics which could be paid on arrival or could be cancelled at last moment without big charge.

  • Avoid crowded places and close contacts. You can fly or drive directly to the trekking trail head instead of staying in crowded cities like Kathmandu.

  • Have flexible plan. 

  • Take enough sleep and intake extra vitamin C. Ginger Honey Lemon tea is popular in the Nepalese mountains.
  • Wash your hands constantly.

  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

  • Because COVID-19 can be more serious in older adults and those with chronic medical conditions, people in these groups should talk to a healthcare provider and consider postponing travel.

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