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.
As of today 17 September 2020, Nepal has confirmed 59,573 cases of COVID-19 and 42,949 people have recovered and 383 death.
The government had relaxed the lockdown from 13 September in Kathmandu Valley, allowing shops to reopen for limited times, and on certain days of the week. Public transport, taxis and private vehicles were also allowed on odd-even days.
From 1 September, limited regular international flights were also allowed as long as the total number of arriving passengers daily did not exceed 800. Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Yogesh Bhattarai hinted last week that up to 3,000 passengers a day may soon be allowed to land.
Nepal Update: Nepal open for trekking & mountaineering from 17 October
Government Spokesperson and Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali told a briefing that trekking and mountaineering groups will also be allowed to take foreign clients up to the mountains from 17 October 2020.
Decisions were taken on the recommendations of the Covid-19 Crisis Management Committee (CCMC) at a cabinet meeting on Monday 14 September 2020. And all passengers must have RT PCR negative reports done 72 hours before departure.
Although, travel restrictions were being eased, planes, hotels and restaurants will have to observe strict protocols on separation and masks. Long-distance bus services will only be allowed to carry half the number of passengers, and everyone will have to follow the protocols. Domestic flights will have to follow strict hygiene rules on check-in, ramp buses, and on-board aircraft.
[Updated September 18, 2020]