Nepal Reopening for Tourists

Nepal is Open to Tourism with Mandatory Quarantine and 2 Tests

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Nepal has reopened for visitors from all countries. All arrivals will need to bring negative COVID-19 test results and agree to quarantine for 7-10 days and be retested on day 5. 

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.

At the end of January Nepalese authorities announced a travel ban on flights and travelers from the U.K., and that travelers coming from countries where the new strain of COVID-19 has been identified will need to complete a full 10-day quarantine at one of their government-approved hotels.

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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.

January 28

Nepal’s airports are welcoming international travelers again. All visitors require a visa, but diplomats or international organizations’ employees can obtain one on arrival.

Representatives of the tourism industry are pushing to allow vaccinated visitors to forgo quarantine and testing

November 25

According to the authorities, tourist visa holders who have been in Nepal for 150 days or longer must depart the country or will be subjected to penalties and fines. Those visitors are required to leave before December 15.

Nepal authorities also decided to keep the Indo-Nepal border closed at least until December 15.

November 8

The country reopened for mountaineers a few weeks ago.

October 15

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pradeep Gyawali, announced Nepal’s reopening for trekking back in September. The opening was scheduled for October 17. (Source: Nepalitimes).

Travelers can expect requirements such as completing a health form and presenting proof of negative COVID test results on arrival.

There will also be a green-country list allowed to visit but it hasn’t been released yet.

September 21

Reopening postponed – The initial plan to reopen at the beginning of September has been delayed. All land crossings with Nepal are closed until at least October 16.

Flights already resumed with very limited capacity from only a few countries but no foreigners are allowed to enter at the moment. (Source).

What are the entry requirements for all visitors? 

  • Travelers need to acquire a visa through an embassy or consulate in their country.
  • Visitors from a country with cases from the strain VUI202012/01 will need to show proof of a booking in a pre-approved hotel for the duration of their quarantine. 
  • They must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival.
  • They 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.

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.

The impact of the Coronavirus on Nepal

Nepal only has a population of about 28 million, but it has had over 274,065 cases of the Coronavirus and 2,773 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. Starting September 1, Airlines resumed their operations to Nepal. Travelers can find flights from the main connection hubs, such as Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi or Mumbai.

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Why should Nepal be on the travel lover bucket list?


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.