Breaking News October 17th, 2020: Nepal has officially delayed the reopening of regular tourism to international visitors until at least the middle of November.
The only exception to the delay will be for Mountaineering Expeditions and Trekking which is now allowed as of October 17th.
A proper visa must be secured before travel or done through their Travel/ Trekking Agency based in Nepal for arrangement of prior approval.
The move had just before the start of the autumn trekking season from September to November, which typically draws a third of the 1.2 million overseas tourists who visit Nepal on an annual basis
Trekking and mountaineering groups will be allowed to take foreign clients up the mountains.
Regular tourism outside of trekking has not yet resumed.
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 countries are allowed to travel 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.
Does Nepal Require a Negative Covid-19 PCR test or test on arrival?
For travelers that have been pre-approved with a visa, they must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no longer than 72 hours before departure.
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.
Does Nepal require a quarantine or self-isolation upon arrival?
Passengers will have to quarantine in a hotel for seven days at their own expense. On day five, at the government’s expense, another PCR test will be performed. If the test is negative they will be able to leave and continue with their trip on day 7.
Will Trekking and Climbing Resume?
The Department of Tourism has already started preparing necessary guidelines for climbers and trekkers who plan to visit Nepal after October 17th. “DoT will also issue Standard Operating Procedures for agencies to run autumn climbing and trekking activities in the autumn season,” Spokesperson Meera Achary said.
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.
What is open in Nepal?
- Hotels and accommodation facilities
- Tourism related activities
- Trekking and climbing permits
Have Flights Resumed to Nepal?
Flights from low risk countries will resume in October, 2020.
Disclaimer: Nepal's reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling