4th January 2022

Nepal: Updated Travel Protocols for International Travelers

Jan 2022: Updated Travel Protocols for International Travelers (COVID-19 and Omicron Response)

Worldwide restrictions because of COVID-19 and Omicron are gradually opening up. We are sure you are looking forward to your adventurous trip to explore your knowledge and communicate with nature. As you are waiting to travel to Nepal, the country is finally ready to welcome travelers. Because of COVID-19 and the Omicron, the government of Nepal has made some policies for visitors to avoid the risk.

Omicron Response

Travelers arriving in Nepal from the countries of Botswana, Eswatini, Hong Kong (SAR China), Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, or Zimbabwe or the people who have visited these countries within the past 3 weeks may not enter Nepal.

And, for those of other countries, you get a visa to Nepal by following the below protocols. 

Rules for Vaccinated Travelers Entering Nepal

All fully vaccinated travelers can get a visa from the Nepalese embassy or a consulate in their respective country. Also, you can receive arrival visas at the airport or entry points to Nepal. And you shouldn’t have to be in quarantine for days.

Remember: You should be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before your arrival in Nepal. 

Please see below for the list of required documents to be presented before receiving a Nepal Tourist visa

  • Passport
  • COVID-19 vaccination certificates showing full doses of vaccination got at least 14 days before arrival. (Certificate should be in English)
  • A negative COVID-19 test (RT-PCR, Gene Expert, True NAAT, or WHO accredited test) result taken 72 hours before or less before the first embarkation point. This is not for travelers under 5 years of age.
  • Hotel reservation confirmation.
  • A copy of your permit for mountaineering, trekking, and other activities.
  • International Traveler Online Arrival Form, also called CCMC Form from ccmc.gov.np

You can con contact Nepal Travel Agent here, to get hotel reservations and permits for you.

For Children:

Below 5 Years: No Vaccine certificate or the Covid test is required.

5- 18 years: Although a Vaccine certificate is not required, you should submit the COVID-test Report.

Travelers Who Have Not Been Vaccinated

Those without a vaccination certificate against COVID-19 must get a visa from the Nepali diplomatic missions abroad. And you are subject to a compulsory antigen test at the entry point. If the officials find you positive, they will send you to a government-approved isolation center. Also, if you test negative too, you have to stay in a hotel or home quarantine for 10 days.

Kindly note that travelers must bear all the expenses of COVID-19 tests, hotel quarantine, hospitalization, remaining in isolation, etc. on their own. After the completion of 10 days in isolation, you should take the PCR test. If you are tested negative again, you are free to continue your vacation in Nepal.

Required Documents:

  • Passport
  • Negative COVID-19 Test Report
  • A copy of Hotel Booking Confirmation
  • Different travel permits (Expedition, trekking/Others) as applicable.
  • CCMC Form
  • Recommendation Letter from Travel Agent in Nepal

Exceptions

  • Visitors arriving in Nepal in an emergency may proceed to their destination only if they are antigen-negative; otherwise, they are subject to isolation by health protocols.
  • Vaccinations are not mandatory for children between 5 and 18 years old, but unvaccinated minors have the same health protocols as unvaccinated adults.

While you are in Nepal, if any symptoms of COVID-19 are found or suspected, you must get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible and remain in isolation if tested positive.

Updated COVID Rules for Leaving Nepal

All foreigners departing from Nepal should submit a COVID-19 negative report (RT-PCR, Gene Expert, True NAAR, or WHO accredited test) within 48 hours of their departure, or any other COVID-19 test as specified by their destination country. Along with the PCR Report, you should also submit a printed copy of the International Traveler Online Arrival Form that you submitted before. 

Some Important Links:

  1. Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Website
  2. CAAN (Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal)–International Schedule (caanepal.gov.np) 
  3. Department of Immigration of Nepal
  4. Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation
  5. Nepal Tourism Board
  6. US Embassy Infos for US Citizens

Contacts for trekking and expedition in Nepal: 

Email: info@heavenhimalaya.com

Whatsapp: +9779809443884

Phone: +977-014957403

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