COVID-19 Nepal Travel Advisory

Covid-19 Nepal Travel Update

Nepal attracts travelers and adventure lovers from around the world. Hiking in Nepal’s remote regions takes you through scenic and hidden valleys, ancient shrines and places, yak caravans that cross high Himalayan passes, and mountain people who live in some of the world’s highest settlements. Hiking through the Himalayas of Nepal will be truly magical.

However, after the pandemic of Covid-19, travel has been restricted in Nepal since March 2020, as in the rest of the world. However, the Nepal government has made travel easier with rules and policies that allow travelers to visit the country again.

We have received many emails inquiring whether Nepal is open or closed, what the current situation in Nepal is, can I go trekking, and so on (read latest news).

Here, we have made FAQs related to Coronavirus and traveling to Nepal.

Can I travel to Nepal now?

Yes, you can travel to Nepal now. All travel and trekking destinations such as Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Gosaikunda, Manaslu, Upper Dolpo and the far western zones are open. The Nepal government started to issue trekking and mountaineering permits starting from January 2021.

How can I get a tourist visa for Nepal during this Covid-19 situation?

There are two ways for getting a tourist visa for Nepal. From the Nepal Embassy / Nepalese diplomatic missions in your country. At Tribhuvan International Airport, you can also get an on-arrival visa.

What kind of documents do I need to apply for the visa?

To get a visa from the Nepal Embassy / Nepalese diplomatic missions, you need to submit the following documents:

  • Your valid passport with at least 6 months’ validity
  • Flight ticket
  • Appointment for the Covid-19 test before the flight to Nepal
  • Your travel / trekking itinerary (we can help you make the itinerary)

We don’t have Nepal Embassy /diplomatic missions in our country. How can I get on-arrival-visa at the airport?

To get the on-arrival visa, first you have to contact a trekking company in Nepal. To ensure visa on arrival, the trekking company can provide you with a pre-approval / recommendation letter. To get the recommendation letter, you must provide the trekking agency the following documents:

  • Your valid passport with at least 6 months’ validity
  • Flight ticket
  • Appointment for the Covid-19 test before the flight to Nepal within 72 hours.

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Nepal Travel Covid-19 Update

Do I still require more documents for travel to Nepal during this pandemic?

After getting the visa and a recommendation letter, you still need to do a few more steps:

1. Negative Covid-19 report

You must have a negative Covid report that is valid for 72 hours. It should be noted that you must arrive in Nepal within 72 hours otherwise you have to do another Covid test somewhere at the airport transit during the flight journey.

2. Fill up the CCMC form

After submitting the CCMC (Covid-19 Crisis Management Centre) form please save it and print it with the barcode. At the airport in Kathmandu, you have to show the barcode. Please ensure that the form is properly filled out.

Here is a link to the CCMC form, here

Do children also need negative Covid-19 reports?

Children below 5-year are exempted from such reports.

Do guides and porters require Covid-19 insurance?

Yes, all crew (guides and porters) requires Covid-19 insurance the covering costs up to USD 1000.

Are emergency passport holders eligible for a visa on arrival?

Emergency passport holders will not be able to get the visa on arrival at any entry points.

How is the situation of flights and transportation in Nepal?

Domestic flights have resumed, with full seating capacity. Each flight will subject to strict Covid-19 safety measures. Public transportation, including taxis and buses, as well as long-distance buses are operating normally.

Is it ethical and responsible to travel or hiking in Nepal now?

Yes, it is but you’ll have to adopt the new normal. Travel can be quite responsible if you respect the local guidelines, travel considerately, and are flexible to changing rules, as is now the norm. We need to be more aware of our actions and its effects now than ever, and we should use travel to help communities and the environment.

Conclusion

So, what has changed?

  • There is no more quarantine – though you’ll have to be in your hotel till you test negative.
  • You have to supplement the 72 hours prior to departure negative PCR test with a second one after you arrive (it takes literally just a few hours in Kathmandu and costs around USD 25).
  • Once you have negative report, you can be on your way.

What you should take note?

  •  The visa on-arrival is not completely open as mentioned online. You still require a recommendation letter from Nepal, which you can get through your local travel partner.
  • It is less difficult to get a visa from the Nepali Embassy in your country (less paperwork and questions) (also, if there IS an Embassy).
  • Keep the necessary documents (as listed in the infographic) on hand for presentation at the airline’s desk.

The rules related to Covid-19 and travel keep changing in Nepal as the rest of the world. We’ll keep you up to date.


Happy Traveling!

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