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We all are aware of the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID – 19) and the state of global public health emergency created in different parts of the world. As we all are going through uncertain times, and while most of you are planning the next trip to Nepal must be doubtful until the global situation remains unclear. The tourism sector of Nepal that offers jobs to more than a million people is one of the massively affected sectors by the spread of coronavirus raising serious concern among the travel community.
While we are not sure when the situation will get back to normal and the travel restrictions will lift completely, the following information can be helpful to plan your future travel plans to Nepal.
Total Cases Deaths Recovered Active
Nepal 45,277 280 27,127 17,870
Data: 5 September 2020
The government of Nepal had announced the first nationwide lockdown on March 24 and it took place almost 3 months. With the increasing number of COVID 19 cases, the government has announced the second phase of lockdown in most of the parts of Nepal including Kathmandu valley from August 20 till September 9.
All the visa-related service has been suspended by the Department of Immigration from August 17 until further notice to stop the spread of COVID-19 until further notice. In case of any further queries regarding the extension of visa or overstay, please contact the immigration department of Nepal during office hours. If you are traveling Nepal for aid work or other business purposes, please check and apply for a visa at a Nepalese embassy or consulate at origin before traveling.
Similarly, the Government of Nepal has suspended all the international flights with effective from March 20 midnight and recently announced to resume limited numbers of flights from September 1 ensuring that arrival by air each day shall not exceed 500 passengers. These regular flights shall be available from limited countries only for Nepalese, diplomats, expats and aid workers (NO TOURISTS ) from certain countries where COVID 19 is now under control and PCR tests are easily available. As per the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), chartered flights to Kathmandu will be arranged for Nepali people who need repatriation flights where PCR tests are not readily available.
As per the official statement issued by CAAN, it is mandatory for passengers on the flights to Nepal to carry below important documents before boarding the flight and at Kathmandu airport:
We are doing everything we can to help balance your desire to travel with the uncertainty caused by COVID-19 taking all safety measures into consideration. Even if things look good for your travel dates today, we know the situation may change later. That is why Namotreks is now offering the option to postpone your trip in the event you are unable to travel. With current situations, flexible postponement can be offered at no additional cost, and you do not need to fix new dates until you are sure to travel again. Please Contact Us to learn more.
In meanwhile, we are continuing to work online as usual and we are ready for any of your questions you may have. If you require more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Till then, let’s unite together and do our part to stop the spread of this deadly virus. Please take care !!!
We look forward to hosting and welcoming you to Nepal sooner!