Nepal Reopening for Tourists

Nepal is Open for Tourism with Mandatory Quarantine and 2 Tests

Nepal is open for visitors from all countries but all arrivals need to bring a negative COVID-19 test result and agree to hotel quarantine for 7-10 days.

On day 5 visitors will be retested. If the result is positive, travelers must have to stay at the hotel until the result reads negative.

Nepal decided to allow entry to trekkers and mountaineers in October last year. Two months later the benefit was extended to all kinds of travelers. Additionally, the government has restored all visa programs.

Travelers who have a vaccination certificate will soon be allowed to bypass the quarantine requirements and enter Nepal for any purpose (they will still need a proper visa though).

Disclaimer: Travel restrictions and governmental regulations can change rapidly and the information below might be outdated within a few hours. Therefore, double-check all information with your embassy or on official websites. Traveling Lifestyle does not take any responsibility for your decision to travel.

Nepal reopening for tourism – Latest updates

April 7 – New COVID-19 restrictions to Mount Everest climbers 

Due to a surge in coronavirus cases in South Asia, and the recent reopening of the Mount Everest’s trails, the Nepali government has had to implement some new severe biosecurity restrictions to keep visitors safe. 

Local authorities have now enforced testing, face masks and social distancing. Also, they have stationed trained medical personnel at the Base Camp to deal with infected patients.  

Thus, according to a local tourist agency, “No party. No handshake. No hugs. Just Namaste.”

March 25

Visitors who have received all doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will be allowed in Nepal without a quarantine period.

The government announced the move in an effort to attract visitors during the mountaineering and trekking season. (Source)

February 27

Nepal has decided to enforce a mandatory 10-day quarantine on all travelers whose flight originates or transits through a country where the new COVID-19 variant SARS- CoV-2

VUI 2020/12/01 has been identified. Travelers who are visiting from or have spent time in the U.K. will be denied entry. (Source)

According to GISAID data the variant has been confirmed in several countries around the globe.  

Vaccination rollout

As of February 20, Nepal has administered 402,264 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccionation progress in Nepal

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What are the entry requirements for all visitors? 

  • Travelers need to acquire a visa through an embassy or consulate in their country or get one upon arrival. 
  • They must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival.
  • Visitors must have proof of a hotel booking for a 7-day quarantine in Nepal.
  • Trekkers and Mountaineers need to bring proof of insurance that covers COVID-19 up to, at least, US $5,000.
  • On the fifth day of quarantine, visitors must take an additional PCR test at their own expense before proceeding with their trip.

Who can enter Nepal now?

All types of travelers are allowed entry in Nepal, including regular tourists, diplomats, international organizations workers, some international non-governmental organization personnel, and trekkers and mountaineers.

Can Americans visit Nepal?

Yes. American visitors are allowed entry to Nepal as long as they acquire the proper visa or permit.

Quarantine requirements

Nepal reopening to trekkers and mountaineers

Depending on the point of origin, travelers must undergo a quarantine for 7 to 10 days

Those entering Tribhuvan International Airport will have their temperature screened via a thermal camera. An ambulance has been put on standby so that suspected Covid-19 cases can be immediately taken to hospital.

Depending on the region travelers can expect lockdowns and other restrictions.

COVID-19 cases in Nepal

Nepal only has a population of about 28 million and has had over 278,768 cases of the Coronavirus and 3,038 deaths.

The Himalayan country faces the lack of medical infrastructure. There are not enough ventilators and other specialized equipment to treat critical cases.

Are there flights to Nepal?

Yes. Airlines resumed their operations to Nepal. Travelers can find flights from the main connection hubs, such as Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi or Mumbai.

Royal Nepal Airlines

Why should Nepal be on the travel lover bucket list?

Nepal

Most businesses, stores, restaurants, and hotels have resumed normal operations in the country.

When people think of Nepal, mountain climbing comes to mind. After all, the country boasts 10 of the top 14 peaks in the world.

Yet, there is a lot more to do here than climb mountains. For those of an adventurous bent, they’ll find some of the best white-water rafting in the world. Visitors can also try paragliding, bungee jumping or take a helicopter tour overseeing the mountains.

For those hiking the Annapurna circuit, make sure to bring a camera. This is one of the most breathtaking mountain treks in the world. It not only takes visitors through the Himalayas, but also touches on the Tibetan plateau.

There is also spectacular natural diversity. Because Nepal encompasses such a wide range of altitudes, it has an incredible variety of plant and animal life. Here nature lovers will find the rare snow leopard, the elusive Bengal tiger, and the Himalayan black bear as well as over 800 types of birds, and 300 varieties of orchid.  Many of these wonders can be seen in the national parks.

Kathmandu is also an attraction. It boasts 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Lord Buddha is alleged to have been born in the town of Lumbuni, and this is a pilgrimage site for many Buddhists. 

There are also ancient monasteries that are worth visiting, and, in the city itself, there is Durbar Square, which dates back to the 3rd century.

Finally, here in Nepal visitors will find some of the friendliest people in the world.

Nepal is probably one of the most visually gorgeous places to visit. From Mount Everest to the birthplace of the Buddha and the ancient buildings of Kathmandu, there is so much to see and do in this small but stunning country.

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Disclaimer: Travel restrictions and governmental regulations can change rapidly and the information below might be outdated within a few hours. Therefore, double-check all information with your embassy or on official websites. Traveling Lifestyle does not take any responsibility for your decision to travel.