We all are aware about the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID – 19) and the state of global public health emergency created in different parts of the world. As we all are going through uncertain times, and while most of you are planning next trip to Nepal must be doubtful until the global situation remains unclear. The tourism sector of Nepal that offers job to more than a million people is one of the massively affected sector by the spread of coronavirus raising a serious concern among the travel community.
While we are not sure when the situation will get back to normal and the travel restrictions will lift completely, the following information can be helpful to plan your future travel plans to Nepal.
Total Cases Deaths Recovered
Nepal 38,561 221 20,822
Update: 31 August 2020
More Details: https://covid19.mohp.gov.np/#
The government of Nepal had announced first nationwide lockdown on March 24 and it took place almost 3 months. With the increasing number of COVID 19 infected patients, the government has announced second phase of lockdown in most of the parts of Nepal including Kathmandu valley from August 20 till September 2. However, essential services like hospitals, pharmacies, groceries shops(for limited time duration) etc are opened for public.
Current update on flights
The Government of Nepal has suspended all the international flights with effective from March 20 midnight and now announced to resume limited numbers of flights from September 1 ensuring that arrival by air each day shall not exceed 500 passengers. These regular flights shall be available from limited countries only for Nepalese, diplomats, expats and aid workers (NO TOURISTS ) from certain countries where COVID 19 is now under control and PCR tests are easily available. As per Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), chartered flights to Kathmandu will be arranged for Nepali people who need repatriation flights where PCR tests are not readily available.
More Details: https://www.caanepal.gov.np
As per official statement issued by CAAN, it is mandatory for passengers on the flights to Nepal to carry below important documents before boarding the flight and at Kathmandu airport:
- Valid visa/ entry permit where applicable
- PCR negative test report not older than 72 hours
- Filled online COVID 19 Crisis Management Center (CCMC) form copy with bar code
- Hotel booking for a minimum of 7 days
Hotel lists and more details: http://trade.welcomenepal.com
Current Update on Visa
All the visa-related service has been suspended by Department of Immigration from August 17 until further notice to stop the spread of COVID-19 until further notice. In case of any further queries regarding the extension of visa or overstay, please contact the immigration officers as mentioned in the notice during office hours. If you are traveling Nepal for aid work or other business purposes, please check and apply for a visa at a Nepalese embassy or consulate at origin before traveling.
More Details: https://www.immigration.gov.np/
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
- Fever Cough
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
What can you do to prevent coronavirus while traveling?
Always wear mask in Public
Regularly wash your hands
Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
Always carry hand sanitizer
Sanitize commonly touched surfaces with antibacterial wipes or sprays
Avoid touching your face
Maintain physical distancing while talking with people
Always use your own reusable water bottle & cutlery items
Eat well-cooked meat items
Please be sure to check travel restrictions and guidelines on both your country of origin and your destination while traveling, and make sure all the information sources that you are reviewing are currently updated.