Good news for trekkers and mountaineers waiting for a Nepal adventure! The Government of Nepal has finally decided to reopen Nepal for tourism after the country went into lockdown earlier this year on March 14th. The country has been open for trekking and mountaineering groups since the 17th of October. For the time being, travel restrictions have been lifted only for trekkers and climbers.
In order to make traveling safe during the pandemic, the Ministry of culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation has prepared a guideline for international tourists who wish to visit Nepal. The SOP (standard of procedures) and safety protocols for travelers should be strictly followed to control the spread of Covid-19. Given below are the security protocols to be maintained while visiting Nepal.
Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and safety protocols for travelers visiting Nepal.
- Before you leave your country for Nepal you need to obtain a visa from the Nepalese embassy or diplomatic mission in your country. If there is no facility to obtain a Nepalese Visa in your country, your trekking agency will help you obtain a pre-approved visa.
- In case you need prior visa approval, Nepal Hiking Team will assist you, provided you forward to us the required personal documents needed for visa processing. An endorsement by a travel agency will speed up the visa process.
- Once you arrive in Nepal, you need to submit the documents listed below at the Nepal Immigration’s office at the entry point:
- Proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken not less than 72 hours before arriving in Nepal
- Nepalese Visa or a transcript signed by the authorities proving that you have received advanced approval for your visa
- Travel Insurance with coverage for Covid-19, worth not less than USD 5000/- per person.
- After your arrival, you complete the immigration formalities and head straight to your hotel for quarantine. It is mandatory to stay under quarantine for seven days. The hotel room charge for this period shall be borne by you.
- On the 5th day, a PCR test will be conducted. You need to arrange for the test by yourself by visiting a clinic that has a PCR testing facility. It is mandatory to stay inside your hotel room until and unless you receive your report. You will be allowed to start exploring Nepal on the 7th day only if your test result is negative.
- If the PCR test result is positive, then you must isolate yourself and remain under quarantine for the required period, until you get two negative PCR tests.
- A travel insurance covering COVID -19, amounting to not less than USD 5000 per person is a must. At the time of applying for visa or visa approval, one must present the document of required COVID-19 insurance.
- An insurance of NRS.1,00,000/- must be deposited as COVID-19 insurance for the guides and field staff in Nepal. This insurance will be taken care of by our agency (Nepal Hiking Team).
- Once you start your traveling in Nepal, you will have to strictly follow the health and safety protocols outlined by the Ministry of Health and Population.
- Based on the Department of Tourism’s recent updates all the above stated standard operating procedures (SOP) and safety protocols for travelers must be followed by tourists visiting Nepal. The agency which organizes the vacation for the tourist will be responsible for informing and updating their client about the safety protocols for travelers and SOP.
Nepal Hiking Team offers you full assistance for the processing and approval of your visa application prior to your travel. However, to get your visa approved you will have to send us the following documents:
- Photocopies (colored) of your Passport
- International Flight Details
- Details of travel insurance with Covid-19 coverage costing not less than USD 5000/-
- Confirmed hotel reservation for 7 days to be utilized for the quarantine period. We will book the hotel room for you as per your budget.
Please Note: Please be informed that the safety protocols and Government policies/guidelines keep changing. We will be posting the latest updates and changes if there are any, regarding SOP (standard of procedures) for international tourists in Nepal. Please keep on checking this space for new updates.
Here is the link of Status Update on Trekking Areas in Nepal