The Nepal government held a meeting with the cabinet of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation in the presence of the Nepal Tourism Board to amend foreign tourists’ entry protocols on 25 March 2021. The meeting ended with amending some protocols to make traveling to Nepal easy for travelers. According to the new criteria, the Nepal government has wiped out the quarantine rule for international travelers and COVID insurance worth USD 5000.
Tourists who have been vaccinated against covid will not need to provide a negative PCR test report no older than 72 hours before their departure to Nepal at the airport to get On-Arrival Visa.
This recent decision has made traveling to Nepal very easy for tourists all over the world.
Therefore, anyone who has already taken two doses of vaccination against COVID can now travel to Nepal without bringing a negative PCR test report and having to stay in quarantine. But they will again have to take another PCR test after they arrive in Nepal. Once they show a negative test report, they can continue their journey.
Meanwhile, non-vaccinated travelers will need to bring a negative PCR test that is no older than 72 hours from their first point of departure to Nepal. And after arriving in Nepal, they have to re-take the PCR test. Those reports negative result may continue their journey subsequently. In case they test positive, they will have to halt their journey until they show a negative test report.
In summary, travelers can travel to Nepal with the following documents:
- A visa approval letter
- A travel insurance
- A vaccination certificate (vaccine passport) for vaccinated travelers.
- A negative PCR test report (taken before 72 hours from their point of departure to Nepal) for non-vaccinated travelers.
Many must be wondering what a visa approval letter is or how to get it. Well, to answer their question, a visa approval letter is a pre-approved visa. It is mandatory to obtain a visa upon arrival at the Kathmandu Airport. We will provide a visa letter to you. However, for a visa approval letter, the following documents are necessary:
- A scanned copy of the traveler’s passport
- A flight itinerary
- A travel insurance
When we receive these documents, we will apply for the necessary letter. And we will send you the letter via Email.
And as per Indian nationals looking to visit Nepal, they just have to provide a negative PCR test report obtained 72 hours before their departure from the country of origin. They do not have to re-take PCR test after they arrive in Nepal. They can resume their journey.
And as international travelers looking to visit Nepal through Overland, they are requested to bring a travel visa obtained from the Nepal Embassy or consulate Nepal’s offices based in their home country.
The Covid-19 pandemic turned 2020 into a total disaster for Nepal’s tourism industry. However, the year 2021 is starting on a hopeful note. We hope with this new regulation, and most tourists won’t hesitate to visit the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal.
For further clarification regarding traveling to Nepal post-COVID, do feel free to reach our support team at Nepal Hiking Team.