COVID 19 has dramatically affected the travel and tourism trend. The travel and tourism industry was forced to stop for an unknown period. Though the traveling has started, the way of traveling is changed and updated to cope with COVID 19. COVID 19 has also raised questions to the travel industry operators as well as the consumers. Either the travel industry of different countries are adopting COVID 19 precautions and health measures in their travel system or not is the basic question raised in everyone’s mind.
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Likewise, Nepal has also been incorporating various steps and measures to prevent COVID infection among its people and the guests traveling to Nepal. Nepal has always been showered by the fondness of travelers. For instance: Royal Autumn Summit to Mt. Manaslu and Lobuche Peak of Nepal in 2020. Despite COVID 19 pandemic, Bahrain Price and Team are in Nepal to explore Nepal, its people, lifestyle, culture, and mountains.
So, for the ease of travelers to Nepal the common questions raised are answered below.
Besides, you can also check the details of Nepal Adventure Team’s preparation strategy on our blog: Impact of COVID 19 in Nepal Tourism. And you can find the detailed rules and reasons related to Nepal reopening: Nepal re-opens for Tourists after COVID 19.
Is a Negative COVID-19 test (PCR) required for entry to Nepal?
Yes, negative results from a PCR test obtained within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin are required for entry in Nepal.
Is health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?
Yes, screening procedures at the airport are available. Those entering Tribhuvan International Airport will have their temperature screened via a thermal camera. Tribhuvan International airport at this time consists of temperature checks and a spray disinfecting area. They will also be greeted at a health desk. An ambulance has been put on standby so that suspected Covid-19 cases can be immediately taken to the hospital.
Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?
No, the government has allowed limited long-range public transportation from September 17. Vehicles will be allowed to operate only at 50% capacity and will be subject to strict COVID precaution measures.
Which countries are allowed to travel to Nepal?
Initially, Flights will only fly from countries that have been less affected by the global Covid-19 pandemic and began to operate. The government has not mentioned any list of countries that are allowed or restricted. So, this means all nations are welcome in Nepal but travelers will only be able to fly in from countries operating international travel and tour.
Is Immigration Services of Nepal resumed?
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, 2020, without any late fees or penalties till Sept. 27, 2020. In case of any further queries regarding the extension of visa or overstay, please contact the immigration officers as mentioned in the notice during office hours. Further information is available from the Department of Immigration. (http://www.immigration.gov.np/)
Are international flights allowed in Nepal?
Having a Cabinet meeting along with the recommendation of COVID 19 Crisis Management Committee (CCMC), Nepal Government made the announcement to resume international and domestic flights for traveling from 17 September.
Is Nepal open for trekking and mountaineering?
Having a Cabinet meeting along with the recommendation of COVID 19 Crisis Management Committee (CCMC), Nepal Government made the announcement to resume international and domestic flights for traveling from 17 September. There will be certain precautions and regulations to reduce the COVID effect. Trekking and mountaineering groups will be allowed to take foreign clients up to the mountains from 17 October.
What is the COVID 19 recovery and death rate in Nepal?
0.21% of Nepal’s total population has suffered from COVID 19. Nepal is recovering with a 72.1% rate whereas the Death rate is 0.64%. Its total population is 2.9 million approximately. (Data recorded on 21 September)
Are hotels and restaurants opened in Nepal?
From 17 September, hotels and restaurants are allowed to open. But each of them has to adopt the precautionary measures related to COVID 19 and as stated by Nepal Tourism Board’s Version 1 Operational Guideline with Health Protocol for Tourism Sector, July. More info on protocols: https://trade.welcomenepal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Operational-Guideline-with-Health-Protocol-for-Tourism-Sector.pdf
Are hotels and lodges opened around the Trekking region?
From 17 of September, hotels and restaurants are allowed to open all around Nepal including the rural trekking areas. The hotels and lodges have to adopt the Operational Guidelines: https://trade.welcomenepal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Operational-Guideline-with-Health-Protocol-for-Tourism-Sector.pdf published by Nepal Tourism Board.
Is it safe to visit Nepal?
Nepal Government has arranged the necessary equipment and regulations for the safety and health measures of travelers and people to overcome the COVID 19 pandemic. You can check the wholesome travel rules: Nepal Re-opens for Tourism after COVID 19.
Airports have their temperature screened via a thermal camera. Tribhuvan International airport at this time consists of temperature checks and a spray disinfecting area. They will also be greeted at a health desk. An ambulance has been put on standby so that suspected Covid-19 cases can be immediately taken to the hospital.
In terms of COVID 19 cases, 0.21% of Nepal’s total population has suffered from COVID 19. Nepal is recovering with a 72.1% rate whereas the Death rate is 0.64%. Its total population is 2.9 million approximately. (Data recorded on 21 September) And the hospitals have separated the COVID 19 treatment section and treating COVID cases.
Thus, on the basis of health and safety measures implemented by the government, Nepal may be safe to travel if you do not encounter any cases on your way to Nepal. Moreover, safety from pandemic cannot be confirmed by any country in the world and just the necessary preventive measures can be adopted.
Why visit Nepal after COVID 19?
Being able to travel is a relief for all the travelers as well as a dilemma where to travel. You can check 5 Reasons for post COVID travel to Nepal.
Is the booking for Nepal travel opened?
Yes, the booking for trekking and tour to Nepal has widely opened in Nepal. The travel, trek, and tour operators are meeting the queries, booking the packages as well as customizing the packages as per the request and requirement.
For more information and queries related to Nepal travel and trekking:
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Is the booking for trekking in Nepal opened?
Yes, the booking for trekking packages is opened and customized as per travelers’ requests and requirements. You can check different trekking regions and packages of these trekking regions of Nepal at Trekking in Nepal. For more information and queries:
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