No Quarantine for Fully Vaccinated Travelers

No Quarantine for Fully Vaccinated Travelers

Great news for travelers looking to enjoy a vacation in Nepal’s white Himalayas and tropical lands. Nepal Tourism Board and the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation sat for a meeting with the COVID-19 Crisis Management Committee and the Nepal Government on Tuesday to discuss current travel protocols.

The meeting concluded on a positive note which is great for travelers and travel planners like us. The meeting ended with Nepal opening its door for vaccinated travelers without imposing a quarantine period; however, they will have to take another PCR test after they arrive in Nepal.

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation had sent a proposal to the Prime Minister’s Office on 7 August to remove quarantine for vaccinated travelers. The decision was finalized on Wednesday, 22 September.

With the recent announcement, now, tourists can visit Nepal with negative RT-PCR or equivalent COVID- 19 Report issued by an authorized lab within 72 hours before check-in at the Airlines Counter. Along with the report, travelers must bring a vaccination certificate and Visa Approval letter to ensure a smooth entry into Nepal. For more details regarding Nepal Travel Protocols, please visit the LINK here.

Moreover, the government of Nepal will arrange antigen tests for foreign nationals at the entry point of Nepal. If the test is positive, travelers must stay in isolation or in a hospital as prescribed by the Ministry of Health. According to the new rules, if there is no antigen testing facility at the airport or immigration point, foreigners must undergo the test at the hotel.

Also, as per the new protocols, unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers must stay in 10-day quarantine at a government-approved hotel at their own expense. On the 11th day, they will have to take another PCR test, and if the result comes negative, they are free to resume their travel plans.

This move ended a months-long ban on foreigners visiting Nepal through land and air routes imposed after the second wave of the coronavirus. The decision was one of the awaited ones. Now that it is official, travelers can visit Nepal without staying in quarantine, and we are over the moon to inform you that traveling to Nepal is easier now than ever.

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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.

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