Nepal Government as a precautionary measure halted traveling back in late April when the country suddenly faced the second wave of COVID-19. After isolating the country for almost three months, the country gradually came back to normalcy as the COVID cases started to deplete. With recovering situation, the country also resumed several service sectors partially depending upon the situation.
Now, after almost 6 months from the deadly second wave, the country is finally reeling back to normalcy. As the situation progressed the resumption of services too was allowed. With that said, on 23rd September, Nepal Government formally updated travel protocols for travelers looking to enter Nepal.
Following the latest decision of the Government of Nepal, below are the documents travelers must show at the immigration office of Nepal at the entry point:
- Visa Recommendation Letter (for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers arranged by the travel operators in Nepal from the Nepal Immigration office)
- Vaccination Certificate (Travelers must be vaccinated 14 days or more prior to travel to Nepal)
- All passengers are required to have a negative RT-PCR or equivalent COVID- 19 Report issued within 72 hours prior to check-in at the Airlines Counter. Minors below 5 years are exempted from the aforementioned test report.
- Valid Passport with at least six months validity
- A printed copy of CCMC Form with Barcode
- Proof of hotel booking
Note: For unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers, they must also follow the above-mentioned protocols, and with that, they must stay in 10 days hotel quarantine at their own expense. On the 11th day, they will have to take a PCR test and with receipt of a negative test report, they are free to continue their journey.
Resumption of On Arrival Visa,
On Arrival Visa is resumed now for vaccinated travelers. Travelers who have got both doses of vaccine can now get an arrival visa at the air/land borders. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated can also get on arrival visa however, they will have to bring the aforementioned documents along with Visa Approval/Recommendation letter.
What is Visa Recommendation/Approval Letter and what documents are required to make one?
Visa Approval Letter, also known as the Visa recommendation letter, is an essential document for travelers who are yet to get a complete vaccine against COVID but are intending to travel to Nepal. It is arranged by us from Nepal Immigration Office as a support document to grant Visa on Arrival at the Kathmandu Airport. Henceforth, Visa Approval Letter ensures on arrival visa thus is very important.
For the Visa Approval letter following documents are required:
- A scanned copy of the passenger’s passport
- A flight itinerary to/from Kathmandu
- A travel insurance
After receiving these documents, we will provide Visa Approval/visa recommendation Letter to you.
Overall, the above travel protocols apply to all travelers entering Nepal via both land and air.
Additionally, all the treks in the Himalayas of Nepal have restarted. Trekkers who have been waiting to step out can now gladly explore the trekking trails of Nepal. The news is not only great for travelers but also for the travel planners like us.
Lastly, traveling with protocols is the new normal. Nepal is still opening up with a new way to travel. Thus, respect the local guidelines and protocol. The mentioned protocols can be changed by looking at the evolving and improving scenario.