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    Urgent Notice Regarding Travel Restriction Related To COVID-19

    Balaram Thapa
    Balaram ThapaUpdated: Aug 1st 2023  |  Uncategorized

    The Government of Nepal will effectively from 14 March – 30 April 2020 will stop issuing on-arrival VISA to travelers. However, those wanting to visit Nepal can obtain a visa beforehand from the Nepal Embassy or consulate office of Nepal, based on their home country.

    Applicants are required to submit the health certificate that declares them as coronavirus free, produced a maximum seven days earliest before the time of arrival in Nepal. Those you have already issued a VISA from the embassy also need to produce their health certificate seven days earlier before the time of arrival in Nepal.

    Furthermore, traveler will have to stay in minimum 14 days self quarantine after their arrival in Nepal.

    The government took the decision as WHO declared the COVID-19 as the global pandemic crisis. And considering the recommendations and counter measures to be taken by the countries to cope with pandemic and assimilating the International Health Regulation (IHR) 2005, Protocols and prescription, Government of Nepal has decided to enforce the following decisions, directions, and precautionary measure in supplantation of all the earlier notices issued on the subject.

    The first notice was issued on 9 March where only 5 mostly affected countries were listed on the suspension list. The countries were China including the countries under its administration, South Korea, Iran, Italy and Japan.

    However, due to increasing number of the confirmed cases in the countries of European Union, on 9 March 2020, 3 more countries i.e. Germany, Spain and France were added to the list.

    Please read the official letter issued by the Government of Nepal regarding the provisions related with the travel restrictions concerning COVID-19.

    About Covid-19

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a large family of viruses that causes minor diseases like common cold to severe diseases like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV).

    On 31 December 2019, China alerted WHO about the several unusual cases of pneumonia which was caused due to unidentifiable virus. And ever since, alert whistle has been blown, the virus has caused a havoc across the world garnering the world’s attention.

    It was only on 7 Jan 2020, the name of the virus was identified. Now, the virus is scientifically known as novel COVID-19.

    Ever since, the case of virus has been identified, the virus has rapidly spread across the world increasing the mortality rate of the people in short span of time. Hence, understanding the perilous situation of the virus, people are scare for their well-being.

    The virus has affected some of the powerful nations of the world. And looking at the pandemic effect of the virus, mostly affected countries has announced lockdown for the certain period of town.

    The case of virus is getting serious day by day as the number of infected people by the virus is increasing day by day. 

    Coronavirus situation of Nepal

    Firstly, it is safe to say the condition of Nepal is quite normal in Nepal.

    Nepal confirmed its first case of coronavirus on 13 Jan 2020 when a 32 year old man studying in Wuhan, China came Nepal on the occasion of Chinese New Year. Fortunately, the man was able to recover. And ever since then Nepal has no confirmed cases of Coronavirus.

    Although, we have people coming to get checked regularly, fortunately nobody tested positive. Thus as of now we do not have any cases of Coronavirus. We pray for it to be it like that as well.

    Moreover, people have started to follow the prevention measures suggested by the WHO.

    Furthermore, the country has also installed the health desk, infrared radiation thermometers at the airport to monitor the incoming visitors to the country. The visitors have to go through infrared radiation thermometers at the airport which checks the temperature of the travelers.

    If the temperature exceeds 100.4⁰F they are directly sent to Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital in Teku for further investigation and treatment. Likewise, it the traveler’s temperature exceed than the marginalized temperature, they shall be kept in isolation.

    Moreover, every person working in the premises of airport have to wear protective mask and same guidelines is also given to the travelers. In addition, the government has strengthen the health desks at hospitals and commanded hospitals management to have Hospital Disaster Preparedness and Response Plan and isolation facilities.

    Similarly hospitals are directed to comply with the algorithm and protocol prepared by the Ministry of Health and Population. Additionally, main land borders crossing with China and India are also equipped with health desks. Moreover, the each provinces is noticed to alert its citizen about the disease via different means of communications like television, newspapers and radio.

    So we hope above news has helped clear the query of many travelers who are planning their vacation in Nepal and looking forward to their already planned vacation.

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