Nepal Travel Alerts and Warnings

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Nepal – updated 17 November, 2020

Most foreign nationals are not permitted to enter Nepal.

A progressive approach to resuming flights has started. However, only Nepalis, international passengers from certain employment categories, and their dependants will be allowed to enter.

Trekking and mountaineering groups will be allowed to take foreign travelers up the mountains, however tourism beyond trekking has not resumed yet. A visa and permit must be obtained before travel, and trekkers should speak to their travel/trekking agency who can help make arrangements in advance.

  • Eligible travelers must show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel
  • Fill out a passenger locator card and an online form before departure
  • Obtain a visa/permit in advance
  • You may be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

For the latest flight updates, check the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.

Land borders remain closed to foreigners.

Lockdown restrictions to contain COVID-19 in Nepal are subject to change with little notice. Maintain social distancing, wear face masks in public, and adhere to limits on the size of public gatherings.

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Previous travel alerts for Nepal

Civil unrest during by-elections in Nepal – 30 November, 2019

On 30 November, 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.

7.3 magnitude earthquake in Nepal – 12 May, 2015

A large and devastating 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal 11mi (18km) southeast of Kodari on 12 May, 2015. This earthquake it is considered to be an aftershock of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck on 25 April.

The epicentre of the 7.3 magnitude quake and subsequent aftershocks were close to Kathmandu. The capital has been extensively damaged. 153 people were killed by the earthquake, and more than 3,200 people were seriously injured.

This earthquake occurred on the same fault as the 25 April earthquake.

The earthquakes have caused landslides at Everest Base Camp. Base camp was closed and all treks were being terminated at Gorak Shep.

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  • Cheong said

    Hi Dear World Nomads,
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  • Ram thapa said

    i have a problem regarding submission of life certificate from Nepal.Now i wantedto go to Sunauli SBI and submit the same.can i go to sunauli and come back after work is done?Is there any restriction to go?What shall i have to do for that?


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