Some countries are slowly coming out the COVID-19 pandemic and reopening for the foreigners. In Nepal, the situation is changing everyday. According to the data provided by the health ministry as of August 28, 2020, there have been a total of 35,529 cases with the present infected number at 15273 and total recovered 20,073 with 183 death. With the day-to-day increase in the cases, Kathmandu Valley is again in the lockdown for the second time for the precautionary measure taken by the government.
Please log on to the official website of the Ministry of Health and Population for the details on the COVID-19 numbers.
Latest updates from Nepal
Nepal Government has announced that it will resume chartered and regular passenger international scheduled flights from Wednesday, September 2. However, only Nepalese and representatives of diplomatic missions, the United Nations and development partners will be allowed to fly into Nepal, with restrictions on foreign tourists until further notice. The government has decided to allow the regular scheduled flights from certain nations where the COVID 19 cases are quite less.
You can visit the official website of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) https://www.caanepal.gov.np
Documents required to enter Nepal
As of August 28, 2020, it is a compulsion for the passengers on the flight to Nepal to bring along the following documents before boarding the flight:
• Need to bring the negative PCR report not older than 72 hours
• Valid Visa/ Entry permit where applicable
• Filled online COVID 19 Crisis Management Center (CCMC) form copy with bar code
• Need to Hotel reservation for a minimum of 7 days
For more update, please log on to the official trade website of Nepal Tourism Board http://trade.welcomenepal.com
Immigration Notice Regarding Visa Services
Considering the current threat of COVID- 19 spread, the Department of Immigration has closed its visa services from August 17, 2020 until the further notice. If there is any queries regarding the visa services, please go through the official website of Department of Immigration (DOI) of Nepal. https://www.immigration.gov.np/
- It is mandatory to undergo 14 days quarantine for the new traveler in Nepal.
- The confirmed or suspected cases already in country are also quarantined for 14 days.
Travel Insurance is a compulsion on our entire trek that covers evacuation up to 6000m. Also, make sure that your travel insurance covers changes to your international flights as well as the trip interruption. There are few insurance companies that provide a Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) upgrade for an additional cost that might be worth the money. But you should keep in mind, without a valid reason your travel insurance will not cover your cancellation.
For the U.S. residents you can make claims that arise from the COVID- 19 that has been specified in your policy. The benefits these specified policy includes emergency medical and trip interruption coverage for you personally or who contacts the COVID-19 or goes under quarantine when traveling. You may be eligible for trip cancellation coverage if you happen to get the COVID- 19 at your home country before you leave for your trip.
Different travel insurance companies have their own different policies, so make sure to confirm with them regarding their offers and coverage so that you can travel confidently.
Nepal Trekking Booking Reopening
Seeing the current scenario, we have decided to open our bookings for late 2020 and 2021. You can book any trekking confidently with us now and do not worry about the changes that you might want in the later dates; we are flexible with your choices/changes. As our tourism starts to re-open, we are concerned about the safety of both our guests and hosts. Some of the procedures we will be following to minimize the risk from COVID- 19 includes:
- All guests should be tested for COVID-19, 72 hours prior to travel which is also a mandatory government requirement to enter Nepal.
- All guests will be provided with the information about COVID- 19 local health facilities.
- Proper sanitation and disinfection of the accommodation, all trekking gears and equipment after every use.
- Alcohol- based hand sanitizer will be provided in hotels.
- Physical distance will be the highest priority among each individual.
- All the team members have been trained in COVID- 19 prevention protocol.
- All the food packaging and preparing areas will be properly cleaned and sanitized.
- All the team members will have a proper health check up before interacting with the guests.
All our guests must be responsible for their own health and should be sensible for the safety of others. We request you to not travel if you are feeling ill or if there is a risk you may be an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19. If incase you happen to test positive during your stay in Nepal, make sure you inform our team and isolate yourself which we will surely cooperate.
It is quite a hard and challenging time for all the tourism fraternity in this global pandemic. Hotels, restaurants, tour and trekking operators and the entire tourism group are waiting for the situation to get better and welcome our international guests very soon. Mountain Routes Team has been working within the protocols given by the Nepal Tourism Board to ensure the safety of both our guests and our entire team.
We understand that it is quite difficult to plan for an international trip in this uncertain situation, but we are always ready to help with any queries you have. We are now open for the bookings. You can book the trip to Nepal now and travel later when the situation gets better.
Other Travel Related Links
- https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Nepal.html for Nepal Country Information and Travel Advisory page.