Look, this whole thing about coronavirus makes us a bit tired and nervous and we’re sure you feel the same thing. Ultimately, we are not sure what will happen in the coming months. Most of us are going to be OK but that doesn’t mean it isn’t going to be stressful and difficult. Here, we’ve collected some advice and information for anyone planning to travel over the next few months, or might be planning to travel to Nepal.
At present, Nepal stands in the list of the least affected countries with only 9 confirmed cases. 1st case was found in one student from Nepal who landed from Wuhan on 5th January and has already been recovered. The 2nd case is a girl who studying in France and travelled to Nepal on 17th March from France. And the 3rd case/patient also returned from Dubai on March 19th.
Both new cases currently in isolation at Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital in Teku, Kathmandu, and is undergoing treatment.
A new case of Coronavirus is found in Nepal on 27 March. 4th case: a 34 year man from the Kailali district is confirmed positive of Covid-19. The second Corona victim who came to Nepal from Dubai. He is undergoing treatment in Dhangadi hospital. According to the report his condition is normal.
5th case: A new corona patient was identified on Saturday 28th March. She returned to Nepal on 17th March from Belgium. And she has been tested and confirmed of Covid-19 positive.
6th case: Again, one more person is tested positive of Covid-19 in Nepal on 2nd April. The new identified patient also came on 17th March. The identified, one is 65 years old woman from Baglung who returned from Belgium.
7th, 8th and 9th: on 4th April three new Covid-19 cases have been identified in Nepal in Kailali district. One known person is the 21-year-old boy who returned from Mumbai, and a 41-year-Old man who also returned to Kanchanpur from Uttaar-Khanda, India. Similarly, another Covid-19 victim is believed to be a 34-year-old woman from Kailai. They are all treated at the Seti Zonal Hospital. The women who tested Covid-19 positive is the 4th case’s sister-in-law.
Also, on February 16, 175 Nepalese students were evacuated from China’s Hubei province and monitored at the Kharipati, Bhaktapur quarantine zone. After 14 days, after negative COVID-19 virus tests, they were back home.
The Government is also becoming more active doing things very seriously and taking strict COVID-19 actions.
What is Nepal Government doing regarding COVID-19 virus?
Nepal government is becoming very serious regarding the current Coronavirus issue and spreading the high level of awareness among Nepali people.
Also, at the International Airport the temperature screening (via thermal cameras) and self-reporting has been already implemented. They also have a standby ambulance right there to transport the patient immediately if they found any suspected cases. And they have also restricted flights from China to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading.
If someone is suspected of having Coronavirus when entering the country, they are put into quarantine for 14 days, and will only be released if the COVID-19 tests are negative.
However, nationals from these countries, willing to visit Nepal can obtain visa beforehand from the Nepali missions abroad. Those applicants and also the nationals transiting from these countries bound to arrive Nepal are required to submit a recently issued health certificate stating that they are not infected by COVID-19 along with their visa applications. The aforementioned health certificate will be scrutinized both at the immigration at the airport in Kathmandu and the land border entry-exit points of Nepal.
Is Nepal safe to travel during this time?
As the above information and data show that Nepal is less risk of Coronavirus and it is good news for those who planned to travel to Nepal. Even in this time we find many foreigners traveling the country and enjoying the beautiful mountains and nature.
It’s not because they’re traveling at their own risk, but the reason is that when you go to the mountain regions where you get less people in contact with the perfect and refreshing atmosphere, and the chance of being prone to COVID-19 is very low (nearly zero).
So, the conclusion is that even in this time, Nepal is safe to travel. ‘ but the thing is you should be fit, healthy and have no symptoms that predict COVID-19 virus.
Please note: The mountaineering and trekking permits are cancelled till the end of April 2020.
- The provision of On-arrival visa to all foreign nationals has been suspended for aforementioned period. So you will need to obtain a visa through the Nepalese Embassy/consulate in your country.
- You will need a recent PCR Swab test certificate issued maximum 7 days before arrival to Nepal is mandatory along with visa application and it has to be submitted at the immigration office in the Tribhuwan International airport in Nepal.
- All nationals are subjected to mandatory self/home quarantine for 14 days from the date of their arrival.
Should I cancel my travel plans OR not?
At the time of writing, the short answer is no, probably not.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that your risk of infection remains low unless you are in a region where coronavirus spreads, fly to / from an area where it spreads, or have been in contact with an infected person. The longer answer depends on who you are, where you go, when you go and how you go.
“I personally still plan to go to Europe in 10 days’ time,” says Adventure.com Professor Robert Booy, an infectious disease expert at the University of Sydney. “I feel that the danger [in Europe] is not too high for someone under the age of 60 if you go to countries other than Italy, which actually has the highest rate in Europe.
” Professor Booy states that your personal state should help inform any travel decisions. That means your age, whether you have a chronic medical illness, and whether you are likely to be mixing up in crowds and countries with high levels of transmission.
Wherever you are located it is worth checking your government travel advisory before doing anything for the latest travel advice. So, if you have booked something, the first step will be to contact your airline, tour company, insurance company and ask their advice, then square that with your own research.
[Updated March 29, 2020]