Nepal Travel Alerts and Warnings

Find out about the latest health concerns, including COVID-19, and potential disruptions to your travel plans.

Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu Photo © iStock/asiafoto

Travel restrictions due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – March 2020

Movement restrictions for one week are in place from 24 March. People must stay indoors except for emergencies or to purchase essentials. If you are found breaking the rules, you could face a jail sentence and/or a fine.

Visa-on-arrival for all foreigners entering the country through Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) immigration point has been suspended from 14 March to 30 April.

All foreigners with a prior valid visa of Nepal have to submit a swab test PCR health certificate issued maximum seven days before their arrival date to Nepal and must be submitted at the immigration office in TIA.

All foreign nationals entering Nepal from March 14, 2020 are subjected to stay in self quarantine for 14 days from the date of their arrival.

Wondering how your travel insurance might be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak? Find answers to some of our common questions about COVID-19.

By-elections in Nepal – November 30, 2019

On November 30, 2019 there were by-elections in Nepal. Elections were held peacefully, despite three small-scale blasts that were reported near voting stations. Nobody was hurt. During election periods in Nepal, civil unrest and political demonstrations may arise.

Several government travel advisories have raised their level of risk to "Exercise increased caution." Travelers should stay up to date with local news reports, and avoid all protests or demonstrations, which may turn violent unexpectedly.

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7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal – May 2015

A large and devastating earthquake has struck Nepal. The epicentre of the M7.8 quake (and subsequent aftershocks) is close to Kathmandu. The capital has been extensively damaged. The death toll is estimated at greater than 2,000.

The quakes have also caused landslides at Everest Base Camp, the first of which claimed 18 lives. Base camp is now closed and all treks are being terminated at Gorak Shep.

Video of avalanche striking Everest base camp

This video of the first avalanche to strike EBC was uploaded by German climber Jost Kobusch.

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