Is Nepal Open for Tourism? Restrictions and Requirements

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Nepal – updated 20 October 2021

A limited number of international and domestic commercial flights are operating. You should contact your airline or travel provider for more information and for re-booking.

All tourists entering Nepal must possess the following documents: 1) PCR negative report taken before 72 hours of boarding OR document showing complete vaccination against COVID-19; 2) Visa to Nepal OR recommendation letter from the Department of Tourism or Nepal Tourism Board to participate in tourism activities within Nepal; 3) a hotel booking or guaranteed accommodation; 4) Proof of Travel Insurance which covers emergency search, rescue, treatment, among others, for the duration of their travel; and 5) Barcode generated from the online application of the Online International Travel Arrival Form.

All international travelers must quarantine for 10 days after arrival, regardless of vaccination status. All people arriving to Kathmandu valley must also quarantine for 10 days.

At present, it may not be possible to get a visa on arrival. You are advised to contact your nearest Embassy of Nepal before your departure for Nepal.

The Kathmandu District Administration Office (DAO) as of April 5 has mandated that all travelers entering the district undergo an antigen test for COVID-19, with a positive antigen test result requiring a follow-on PCR test. Public spaces and services are now currently operating a restricted service in the Kathmandu valley to control outbreaks of COVID-19, and other districts may operate more restrictive models.

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.

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

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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8 Comments

  • Cheong said

    Hi Dear World Nomads,
    My friends and I ( 2 - 4 persons) from Malaysia, are planning to go for a hiking trek at Everest Base Camp ( EBC) in Nepal, tentatively between September to November 2021.
    We are looking for an insurance to cover up to 6000m hiking.
    Please let me know how I could purchase this coverage.
    Thanks.

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  • Ram Thapa said

    We need a local insurance from your country while you are in nepal our team will lead the pathway how to care all the relevant information

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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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  • Deded Yudha Pranatha said

    Hi we are planning go to lower mustang from 15 March to 24 March 2021, is it quarantined for 14 days still required now ?

    Thank you

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  • Kunsang Choden Lama said

    Dear World Nomads,

    I am a part of National Geographic Society's grant: "Defining and Practicing Safe Adventure Travel During a Time of Uncertainty: The Case of Nepal". Our website: Save Nepal Travel [COVID-19 updates] may be of some interest to your team and clients.

    https://safenepaltravel.com/

    Best,
    Kunsang

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  • Bina Thapa said

    I am traveling to USA in Baltimore on 12th of may’ from Nepal, I am a British citizen of Nepali origins what is the situation at present in USA

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  • Gabriella said

    Thanks for the update, Amelia!

    I plan to travel to Nepal end of May. Fingers crossed they resume international flights. I have been vaccinated in the UAE, so that should mean I do not have to go through with the 10-day hotel quarantine, right?

    The Online International Travel Arrival Form only gives options for hotel, home or government quarantine. In my case, would I just leave that section out and show them proof of vaccination on arrival?

    Thank you

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  • Kamal said

    Crazy it may sound but currently there are thousands of tourists stranded in Nepal due to Covid-19 pandemic are staying illegally because Nepali government has decided not to extend their visa even when they are willing to pay visa fee and wait out until things are back to normal. Those fortunate enough to board any rescue flights are made to wait for few days at immigration office in Kathmandu to find out who much fines to pay. Their passports are also stamped stamped for overlay stamp with noting that they are barred entry into Nepal for one year.

    As of August 2021, there is prospect of 3rd wave of Covid-19 is looming over Nepal which may result in another lockdown. Flights from Nepal are limited and expensive. Proceed with caution.

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