No more on-arrival mandatory quarantine in Nepal: What it means for tourists?

The government of Nepal has lifted the 7-day quarantine requirement to the tourists who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Previously, Nepal had lifted the lockdown implicated amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 and resumed international flights by placing certain restrictions and criteria in place. As per the previous guidelines, tourists traveling to Nepal were required to present a negative PCR report, 7 days mandatory hotel quarantine, and an additional $5000 COVID insurance.

Tourists excited to board the plane in Tribhuwan International Airport, Nepal
Tourists excited to board the plane in Tribhuwan International Airport, Nepal

Due to these requirements, tourists have been reluctant to travel to Nepal. Keeping this in mind, on 18 March 2021, the council of ministers has amended the previous guidelines and made them more accommodating for tourists. The new guideline has removed the mandatory 7 days quarantine in Nepal.

Tourists should possess documentation as a proof of vaccination against Corona Virus. Non-vaccinated tourists will have to present a negative PCR report not more than 72 hours prior to the departure. The tourists vaccinated against COVID-19 or having a negative PCR report will be exempted from the mandatory quarantine.

Here is the checklist for documents to be presented at the immigration of Nepal upon arrival:

  • Proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative PCR report (taken not more than 72 hours prior to the departure)
  • Visa (can be applied on arrival)
  • Hotel booking confirmation
  • Travel Insurance (for health and other contingencies for the duration of the travel.)
Excited travelers getting of the flight
Excited travelers getting of the flight

The tourists fulfilling the requirement will be allowed to enter Nepal. However, tourists are mandated to PCR tests immediately upon arrival. Those with negative results will be allowed to continue their trip without any modifications in their travel itinerary. If the result is positive, tourists will be required to stay in hotel quarantine until recovery.

Nepal has been providing Coronavirus vaccine to all elderly, frontline service providers (Doctors, Police, Teachers, Bankers, Government workers) and will eventually make the vaccines available to the general public. As the cases of the coronavirus are almost contained, Nepal has decided to reopen its doors to travelers.

The approaching spring season in Nepal will definitely benefit from this news. The spring season (March to May) is the best season for traveling in Nepal. With the mandatory quarantine removed, tourists will no longer have to face unnecessary hassles. So, it’s about time you map out your travel bucket lists. Contact us to start planning for an adventure of a lifetime to Nepal and more amazing destinations.

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