How to travel to Nepal during the ongoing Pandemic?

How to travel to Nepal during the ongoing Pandemic?

Those were the days when we could just grab our essentials and run to the airport and fly to any place we wanted. But now times are different. We are unable to travel like back in the days. Nowadays, before traveling to any place in the world, we have to check if we are even permitted to enter those countries or not. Or what travel documents we require to enter the desired place. For travelers, it is just not easy as it used to be. And that is why we have prepared this blog for travelers wondering how to travel to Nepal during the ongoing pandemic.

At the moment, to get to Nepal, there are a few procedures travelers need to follow. It is slightly different than the pre-COVID-19 era. These new rules and regulations are manifested by the government of Nepal, so all travelers should strictly follow these guidelines.

What are the procedures to travel to Nepal during the ongoing Pandemic?

Please go through the following information carefully:

Travel procedure to enter Nepal

Firstly, to enter Nepal, travelers need to show a COVID -19 negative test report that is no older than 72 hours from the time your depart their first port of embarkation to Nepal.

Secondly, visitors need to have a prior tourist visa obtained from the embassy or consulate offices of Nepal based in their home country. If the mentioned offices are not in the close vicinity of the traveler’s locations, they have to carry a visa approval letter/invitation letter/recommendation letter to get upon arrival visa stamped on their passport. Travelers can ask for a visa approval letter from the travel agency they are traveling with.

For the visa approval letter, travelers need to provide, their flight details, a scanned copy of a passport, and COVID insurance papers. Prior to receiving these documents, the travel company shall deliver the letter to the traveler via any communication medium suitable to them.

In brief, travelers to get to Nepal have to show a negative PCR test report and a Visa approval letter at the airport to get upon arrival visa stamped on their passport.

After arriving Nepal     

Travelers upon arriving in Nepal and before starting their trip, have to take a PCR test. Only after receiving negative PCR test reports, they can resume their travel plans in Nepal. However, if visitor’s test shows a positive PCR result, they shall not resume their plans, until they present a negative PCR test report.

Nepal is all set to welcome travelers across the world for their pleasure. Various touristic activities such as trekking, sightseeing of historical places, village tours, adventure sports, and many more are open for traveler’s experience. Similarly, travelers must be wondering, how to trek during the pandemic. All those wonderers who wish to wander Nepal’s trekking region, please read carefully the instructions given below:

How to trek during the pandemic?

It is important tourists carry their negative PCR test reports. It is not mandatory in all trekking regions of Nepal; however, it is better to bring the report on the trek. Trekkers can click this LINK to check, which trekking region of Nepal requires a PCR test report.

Additionally, it is important trekkers share their regular health conditions with the trekking guide. Immediate action should be taken, if the trekkers are showing any sign of symptoms during the trek.

Remember to sanitize and wash your hands with soap in all the available places. Therefore, carry enough effective hand sanitizer for their personal use.

It is important you follow the mask rule. It would be impossible to hike up the steep and rugged trails of Nepal putting on a face mask. Nevertheless, when travelers encounter a crowd, they put on their face masks.

The guidelines given above may seem unnecessary to some trekkers. Then again, we are wary we might bring the virus to the mountains. So for the safety of the villagers, travelers should follow the guidelines.

Conclusion:

By following these guidelines, travelers can visit Nepal without many hurdles. You can continue your vacation plans from Nepal to its neighboring countries China, India, and Bhutan.

To get to China from Nepal, tourists need to stay a week of quarantine in Nepal and fly with a negative PCR test report. And to get to India from Nepal, there is no quarantine but a negative PCR test is important. And lastly, Bhutan is still closed for tourism. But stay updated for further notice.

Please mind that the following policies might change at any time with immediate effect. For up-to-date info stay up to date with us.

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Balaram Thapa

Balaram Thapa, an executive director at Nepal Hiking Team had a long journey before making NHT one of the revolutionary tour operators in this competitive field of Tourism. He finished his Bachelor’s degree in Travel and Tourism from Tribhuwan University in the year 2000.

He started his career as a trekking support staff in 1998 and gradually earned a status of trekking leader. He has trekked several trekking routes such as Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang, Everest, Kanchenjunga, Mustang, Makalu, etc. Thus has immense knowledge about the trekking routes of Nepal. Alongside this, he has also organized several tours to Bhutan and Tibet as a tour guide. He has traveled to Germany, France, Switzerland, Poland, Italy promoting Nepal’s tourism.

After earning lots of experience in this field, he wanted to explore his own business ideology. He along with his brother- Ganga Raj Thapa start their own company, Nepal Hiking Team in 2009. He is friendly and works side by side with the staff inspiring and motivating them. He is an expert travel consultant and handles all the concerns of travelers regarding their trip. He inspires people to travel new and unique destinations and implement the same ideology on himself as well.

He started his journey 22 years ago and has immense experience in this field. His passion for traveling has made his 22 years of working journey, a precious phase of his life. And he plans to continue doing this and add more years in it.

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