Nepal Updates on Novel Coronavirus 2020
Updated: 20th September, 2020
The situation here has been changing every day. As of the above mentioned date, there have been total 55329 cases with the present infected number at 15393 and total recovered 39576 with 360 Deaths.For details on the COVID-19 numbers, please log on to the official website of the Ministry of Health and Population at https://covid19.mohp.gov.np/
Ease of lockdown
The Government of Nepal has allowed movement of long distance vehicles from 17th September and domestic airlines from 21st September. Similarly, International airlines is opening from 1st of October. Tourists need 72 hrs valid Corona Negative PCR report to travel in or our of Nepal. All Shops are allowed to open up ;and public transport, taxis and private vehicles are allowed as per the odd-even regulation.
Resumption or Trekking and Mountaineering
As per the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers and based on the recommendation of the COVID-19 Crisis Management Committee (CCMC) the Government announced on Tuesday, Sept. 15, that trekking and mountaineering will be allowed in Nepal from Oct. 17, 2020.For details and update on the same, please log on to https://trade.welcomenepal.com/.
Entry Protocol for Mountaineering Expeditions and Trekking in Nepal
Date of issue:25th September 2020
This protocol has been issued by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation for the safety and protection against the risk of COVID-19 for foreign tourists visiting Nepal for Mountaineering Expeditions and Trekking as per the following terms and conditions:
All tourists coming to Nepal for mountaineering and trekking must acquire visa before arriving in Nepal.
1. In case of countries when visa provision for Nepal is not available, expedition team or trekkers can coordinate with travel and trekking agencies base in Nepal for arrangement of prior approval to enter Nepal.
2. For prior Visa approval the Nepal based Agencies must submit all prescribed details of the client’s and relevant details to the Department of Tourism (DOT) for Expedition teams and the Nepal Tourism Board for Trekkers, for recommendation of Visa to the Department of Immigration
3. Tourists arriving in Nepal as per point 1, the visa shall be provisioned at the point of entry by the Department of Immigration.
4. Tourists entering Nepal must present following documents at the entry point;
a) RT( Polymerase Chain Reaction:Negative take within 72 hours before departing home country
b) Visa or prior approval document (ref point 1) for entry to Nepal.
c) Hotel booking for at least 7 days’ quarantine in Nepal.
d) Insurance of at least 5,000/- (Five thousand US Dollars) against COVID-19 per person.
e) After entry to Nepal tourists must stay in hotel quarantine for a minimum of 7days.
5. Tourists are required to take PCR test on the fifth day of hotel quarantine at own expense, and shall be allowed to proceed for expeditions or trekking on obtaining RT PCR Negative
6. As per Article 3, for tourist who tests RT Positive for COVID-19, Quarantine shall be extended till he/she obtains RT PCR Negative test report.
7. Expeditions or trekking teams must provide insurance coverage of minimum of NPR 100,000/- (One lakh Nepali Rupees only) against COVID-19 to team members from Nepal prior to obtaining permission for expeditions or trekking.
8. Other conditions and criteria to be followed by the tourist shall be as per regular updates from the Department of Tourism. The concerned agency must provide detailed information on the same to tourists before the expedition or Trekking.
Resumption of Climbing Permits
An expedition comprising 18 persons, including the memeber of royal family of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has alredy arrived in Nepal to scale Mt Lobuche and Mt Manaslu.Fifteen Bahraini nationals working in Royal Guard Defence Force arrived in Nepal, along with three British nationals, on a special aircraft from Shaikh Isa Air Base.
The team has a two-month permit to scale Mt Lobuche and Mt Manaslu as a trial before attempting to ascend Mt Everest in 2021. The Cabinet had approved the permit for the Bahraini team on August 30. The expedition will be led by Prince Mohamed Hamad Mohamed Al Khalifa.
Resumption of International airlines
Scheduled and chartered international flights to Kathmandu are operating from 1st September 2020, ensuring that arrival by air each day shall not exceed 500. These flights are available for Nepali people, diplomats, expats and aid workers only. The flights being more in view of the movement needed for repatriation and work, tourism is still in the backseat at the moment.
Similarly, International airlines is opening for tourists from 1st of October. Tourists need 72 hrs valid Corona Negative PCR report to travel in or our of Nepal.For details and update on the same, please log on to the official website of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) https://www.caanepal.gov.np
Resumption of immigration services
The Department of Immigration has resumed its visa services from Sept. 13. Visa will be regulated as per prior notice from the Department of Immigration (DoI) dated Aug. 17, without any late fees or penalties till Sept. 27. In case of any further queries regarding extension of visa or overstay, please contact the immigration officers as mentioned in the notice during office hours.For details and update on the same, please log on to https://www.immigration.gov.np/
We are continously monitoring the situation and will provide you with facts as we receive them.Please also check your government travel advisory updates.