IS NEPAL OPEN FOR Autumn 2021?
NEPAL OPENED FOR TOURISM ON JUNE 24 WITH TESTING AND MANDATORY HOTEL QUARANTINE
Nepal Country-Specific Information:
On April 26, the Government of Nepal announced a lockdown of Kathmandu as a public health measure to help slow the spread of COVID-19. All lockdown restrictions went into effect at 0600 hours on April 29 and have been extended until July 15, 2021.
While some restrictions remain unchanged since first issued on April 26, the most current modifications dated July 5, 2021, include:
Operational hours for grocery stores are limited to hours between 0700 hours to 1800 hours, and pharmacies and health-related shops are permitted to operate under normal hours.
Other businesses are permitted to operate between 1100 and 1800. Some banks and certain government offices remain open.
Public transport and personal vehicles, including taxis, are permitted in the Kathmandu valley, and operators and passengers must adhere to strict COVID protocols.
Individuals entering the Kathmandu valley are subject to a mandatory quarantine upon arrival, and mask use and social distancing are mandated when out in town.
Foreigners traveling to Kathmandu to join a scheduled flight should show their passport, valid visa, and flight ticket at checkpoints to facilitate travel into the Valley.
All International tourists entering Nepal must possess the following documents:
1) PCR negative report should be taken before 72 hours of boarding OR document showing complete vaccination against COVID-19;
2) Visa to Nepal OR recommendation letter from the Department of Tourism or Nepal Tourism Board to participate in tourism activities within Nepal;
3) Hotel booking confirmation or guarantee of accommodation;
4) Proof of Travel Insurance which covers emergency search, rescue, treatment, among others, for the duration of their travel; and
5) Barcode generated from the online application of the Online International Travel Arrival Form. link here: https://ccmc.gov.np/arms/person_add_en.php
Following a conditional 07-day self-quarantine, tourists are required to take a mandatory Covid-19 PCR test regardless of symptoms. Only those testing negative will be permitted to travel within Nepal to their final destination.
Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes. Health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry and generally consist of temperature checks and a spray disinfecting area.
Is a curfew in place? No, but due to the lockdown, residents face numerous movement restrictions, limited shops are permitted to open during restricted hours, and people are advised to remain home as much as possible. Violations of local orders may result in penalties.
Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Public transport and personal vehicles, including taxis, are permitted in the Kathmandu valley and must adhere to strict COVID protocols. Additional restrictions remain possible in many locations. Check local conditions before traveling.
Limited long-range public bus transportation may be permitted subject to Central District Administration Office permission and is subject to strict COVID mitigation measures. Check local conditions before traveling.
The Kathmandu District Administration Office (DAO) as of April 5 has mandated that all travelers entering the district undergo an antigen test for COVID-19, with a positive antigen test result requiring a follow-on PCR test.
The government has announced that certain trekking routes have been opened. Contact the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation for current information.
All international travelers must quarantine for 07 days after arrival in case they follow the protocol of entering the country and their PCR report comes Negative.