Nepal Resume Travel, Nepal Trekking Post Corona Pandemic
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Nepal prepares to reopen its international borders to resume tourism from August 17th respectively if the situation gets better as the flights suspension ends and international flights begin again. The country will resume domestic and international flight operations starting from August 17, over four months after they were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following a Cabinet assembly prior this week, the Nepal government made the announcement that all international and domestic flights would start again on August 17. The move comes just before the start of Nepal’s usual busiest trekking season (Sept – Nov), which typically draws one third of the 1.2 million overseas tourists who visit Nepal on an annual basis. Boudhanath Stupa - one of the biggest Buddhist Shrine in the world
“The ministry of tourism plans to resume all tourism related activities by following health and safety protocols from August 17,” ministry’s secretary Kedar Bahadur Adhikari said, adding that safety protocols are being finalised by holding consultations with stakeholders concerned.
Government ministers said falling numbers of coronavirus cases in the country as the main factor behind the decision. Nepal’s Tourism and Civil Aviation Ministry has said it will now draw up safety protocols to be rolled out at points of entry and onboard passenger aircraft.
Below we have compiled a guide with everything you need to know about traveling to Nepal, which countries are allowed to visit, all entry requirements, and any other rules you need to know about.
Which nationals are allowed to visit to Nepal?
Flights will initially only fly from countries that have been less affected by the global Covid-19 pandemic. The government did not elaborate on which countries would be first, but did say that more countries will be added gradually. This could mean that all nations are welcome in Nepal but travelers will only be able to fly in from low risk countries. Sadhus in Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu
Does Nepal Require a Negative Covid-19 PCR test or test on arrival?
From August, travelers arriving in Nepal must carry a health certificate proving they are free of Covid-19, but authorities haven’t yet given details on whether they will only accept PCR tests or the time limit on when the test was performed.
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Is entry into Nepal based on physical location for the last 14-days, residency or nationality?
It appears at this time that it will only matter which country you are flying from as Nepal will only open to countries with low occurrence of Covid-19 in the first phase of reopening. Lukla airport; one of the busiest mountain airport in Nepal
Does Nepal require a quarantine or self-isolation upon arrival?
The Nepalese government has not yet confirmed any self-quarantine rules but with the upcoming climbing season it's doubtful that 14 day quarantine will be enforced.
Will Trekking and Climbing Resume?
A Spokesperson in the Department of Tourism said they have already started getting ready for essential guidelines for climbers and trekkers who plan to visit Nepal onward August 17th. “DoT will also issue Standard Operating Procedures for agencies to run autumn climbing and trekking activities in the autumn season.
Iswari Poudel, Vice-president at the Expedition Operators Association of Nepal, said that trekking and expedition operators were ready to resume climbing activities following safety protocols in the autumn season. “Most of the agencies will run expeditions on Mt Manaslu and Mt Ama Dablam, among others, once the flight operation resumes,” Poudel, whose company ‘Himalayan Guides’ runs expeditions on different mountains, said. Trekkers to Everest Base Camp walk by a prayers engraved rock and chhorten at Benkar Village in Khumbu
What is open in Nepal?
As of August 17th, 2020 the following businesses will resume operations
- Hotels and accommodation facilities
- Tourism related activities
- Trekking and climbing permits
Have Flights Resumed to Nepal?
Nepal government plans to resume the flights from low risk countries starting from 17th August, 2020. However the concrete decision has to come yet as per Kathmandu Post daily English news. Below is the news ink