Nepal government removes mandatory quarantine

Nepal government removes mandatory 7 Days Quarantine

Nepal government issues new travel guidelines in a bid to boost tourism. The council of ministers meeting announced new guidelines on Thursday under which tourists coming from abroad do not have to stay in quarantine for 7 days now. 

The decision made by the cabinet meeting allows tourists both vaccinated and non-vaccinated against COVID-19 to visit Nepal without having to stay in quarantine for 7 days. Now after arrival in Kathmandu, all arriving tourists (vaccinated or non-vaccinated) will need to do a PCR test at their own cost and will be allowed to continue with their travel plans if the test report comes negative. All tourists must stay in quarantine until the test report is out. Those tested negative will not have to stay in quarantine any further and can continue with their travel plans. If tested positive, they will need to stay in quarantine at their own cost until their report comes negative. 

Similarly, anyone who has received both doses of vaccine against COVID-19 will be allowed to board the flight to Nepal without having to show proof of the negative PCR test. While the non-vaccinated tourists will still need to present a negative PCR test report obtained within 72 hours prior to boarding the flight from the first port of embarkation, children below 5 years accompanied by parents are exempted from submitting such. The vaccinated tourists need to carry proof of vaccination card. This will be checked by the airline check-in counter before boarding the flight to Kathmandu, Nepal and also at the Kathmandu airport immigration counter. 

After arrival in Kathmandu, all tourists must undergo another PCR test and must stay in quarantine until the report is out. 

Here’s what’s new and what you need to know

Before flying to Kathmandu:

Before you fly to Kathmandu, ensure you have all the documents listed below. Please ensure you have all the documents required and carry a few extra copies of each document. 

  • Get a Nepal visa from the Nepalese embassies and missions in your home country or a letter from the Department of Immigration and Department of Tourism to avail Nepal visa on arrival. If you are not able to get a Nepal visa in your country then we will provide you with the letters which should be printed, carried and shown at the Kathmandu airport immigration counter to obtain a Nepal visa on arrival. 
  • Perform PCR Test within 72 hours prior to the departure from the origin country. (Not applicable if you have received both doses of vaccine against COVID-19)
  • Vaccination certificate if you have received both doses of the COVID vaccine. 
  • Fill CCMC Form and print the duly filled form with the bar code. 
  • Get Travel Insurance covering emergency evacuation, search & rescue and medical for your entire trip duration in Nepal
  • Return flight ticket itinerary
  • Hotel booking confirmation

Documents required at the airline check-in counter:

All airlines flying to Nepal have been instructed to check the following documents before boarding passengers. Please ensure you have all the documents in printed form. 

  • Those who have received both doses of the vaccine against COVID-19 will need to show their vaccinated card
  • For non-vaccinated tourists, a negative PCR test report obtain within 72 hours prior to departure will be required
  • Nepal Visa or the letter from the Department of Immigration and Department of Tourism to avail Nepal visa on arrival. 
  • Trip confirmation from your agent in Nepal with itinerary
  • Return flight ticket itinerary
  • Travel Insurance for the whole trip covering emergency evacuation, search & rescue and medical
  • Hotel booking confirmation

Documents to be submitted at the Immigration counter at Kathmandu Airport:

After arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will need to show the following documents again at the immigration counter and checkpoints. 

  • Those who have received two doses of the vaccine against COVID will need to show their vaccinated card
  • For non-vaccinated tourists, a negative PCR test report obtain within 72 hours prior to departure will be required
  • Nepal Visa
  • Letter from the Department of Immigration and Department of Tourism if you plan to get a Nepal visa on arrival 
  • Trip confirmation from your agent in Nepal with itinerary
  • Return flight ticket itinerary 
  • Travel Insurance for the whole trip covering emergency evacuation, search & rescue and medical
  • Copy of a dully-filled CCMC form with the bar code
  • Hotel booking confirmation

In Kathmandu:

  • Perform a PCR test after your arrival from a certified COVID hospital
  • Quarantine until the report is out
  • If tested negative, you are free to continue with your travel plans and if tested positive, you will need to stay in quarantine at your own expenses until tested negative

The above listed are the new guidelines for all arriving tourists to Nepal. All previous guidelines have been terminated by the government with these new guidelines being effective. 

Nepal Arrival Protocols in English Translation 

Nepal arrival protocol

These new guidelines have definitely made a visit to Nepal easier and we hope to see the rise in tourism slowly. Vaccination in Nepal has started too and the government plans to inoculate the majority of the population within this year. The visit has been made easier but the risk still looms around every corner of travel therefore, we would like to remind all our travellers to play their part as well in overcoming the fight against COVID. Together we can overcome this so that we get to travel like the good old days. 

How we are preparing:

  • We have partnered with a government certified hospital for all the COVID-19 testing of our clients and staffs.
  • Briefing on COVID-19, prevention and guidelines will be given after your arrival in Kathmandu. 
  • Clients should abide by the emergency protocols set by the government of Nepal to run the trip responsibly. 
  • Daily Leader Log according in a pre-established format to record itinerary and points of contact to facilitate contact tracing should the need arise. 
  • COVID Insurance for all our guides and staffs. 
  • Daily briefings to include hygiene, physical distancing and emergency protocols. 
  • Aware client and guide for minimal touch and contact. 
  • Work alongside other leaders in a destination to ensure minimal risk of contamination, and maintain a high level of hygiene.
  • Updated first aid kit. 
  • First Aid Kits with every Leader containing a thermometer, extra masks, disposable gloves, soap and/or sanitisers
  • Daily communication when possible with the office to report and get updates on the overall situation, so the itinerary can be followed and adapted according to the situation.
  • The guide shall advise clients to strictly follow health protocols in lodges (coughing into elbow or shirt, wearing a mask, not handing common condiment containers without clean hands, not touching door handles without clean hands, not using any common towel etc).
  • Cleaning and disinfecting tourist vehicle routinely.
  • Maintain physical distance wherever possible such as in transport and eating places. 
  • Cleaning and disinfecting the trekking and climbing equipment after every use.
  • All clients will have single rooms, (wherever applicable) except for couples or people who have travelled to Nepal together. In the mountains due to limited rooms, we may not be able to provide a single room to every participant.
  • The guide shall advise clients to the only shop from local shops where safety guidelines are being adhered

Our request to you:

We request all our travellers to abide by these rules when travelling to Nepal after Coronavirus:

  • Do not travel if you have developed any symptom of COVID-19. Instead, seek medical attention and resume travel only when you are certain of COVID-19 free. 
  • Consult a travel medicine clinic or medical practitioner before the journey
  • Bring your mask, gloves and sanitizer when travelling. 
  • Do not shake hands. Instead, wave or Namaste.
  • Maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between yourself and others.
  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wear a mask or cloth to cover your face when travelling.
  • Carry your personal first aid kit when travelling understanding its use. 
  • Inform the guide/ leader of any symptoms of any sort of illness. 
  • We encourage all our clients to bring their own personal equipment required for the trek & climb for safety purpose. This also includes Down Jacket & Sleeping Bag for trekking trips and climbing gears for climbing trips. 
  • You should have travel medical insurance that includes helicopter evacuation, and the travel medical company would ensure that clients would be medevac out to the nearest medical facility in case of any illness.
  • Travellers shall agree to follow the company’s health and safety protocol in case of any suspected case of virus transmission or illness within the group or within the area.
  • Clients shall be requested to carry their own sanitiser with them in their packs at all times (they would bring their own on activity with them).
  • If you do physically interact with a customer, remember to wash hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitiser after every interaction.
  • Keep a daily journey and contact record with other people to facilitate contact tracing should the need arise
  • Keep up to date on the latest information from trusted sources, such as WHO or your local and national health authorities.
  • Travellers are advised to have a medical examination on their return if they develop any symptoms. 
  • Be sure to check your country foreign travel advice and keep your embassy or consulate informed about your whereabouts when travelling. 

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We, at Highland Expeditions, look forward to welcoming you all to the Himalayas. 

About Author

Passang is a managing director and national mountain leader at Highland Expeditions. With over 8 years of experience as an Operation Manager prior to founding Highland Expeditions, he has acquired sound knowledge about the local tourism in Nepal and the Himalayas. To add credit, he has also operated many treks and climbs successfully ensuring the safety priority and service paramount.

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