Right now the whole world is in despair due to coronavirus outbreak. Amidst this chaos, the travelers who are stranded are suffering more with countries tightening their lockdown after the growing number of corona cases and deaths. Government of Nepal has also imposed complete lockdown since 24th March to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, around 2000 travelers are stranded in Nepal due to the lockdown. In response to this distressing situation, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has initiated a support network named Stranded in Nepal to facilitate the travelers for their safe return to their respective countries. The network enlists all the important services any traveler require at the current situation. The services include different WhatsApp groups (support channel, who want to stay & wait, who want to leave, country-wise), embassies details, airlines details, accommodations, restaurants and eateries list which are still serving and important information & links. The network also offers useful tips and guidelines to the travelers as follows:
In the meantime, the Government of Nepal is in constant contact with concerned embassies for returning their citizens. The Government in collaboration with local authorities is also evacuating the travellers by ground transferring and airlifting them to the capital city. Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality and Hotel Association Lukla are providing free lodging and fooding facilities to those stuck in Lukla (effective from 26th till lockdown period). Some hospitality providers are also offering free food and accommodation to the travellers in Pokhara and Kathmandu.
Though the situation is upsetting, Nepali tourism is responding it with patience and positivity. Explore Himalaya wholeheartedly appreciates such initiatives and extends thanks to everyone involved in this relief work especially Nepal Tourism Board, Government of Nepal, Local Authorities and Kind Hearts! We are also doing our best to arrange food and accommodation for our travelers and speed up their repatriation.
Hopefully all of us will overcome this situation very soon! Stay Safe, Stay Strong!!!
As you all know that we are continuously updating our valued partners and travel friends about coronavirus threat in Nepal. Following our fourth update on Covid-19 threat in Nepal, please find our fifth update:
As of March 23, a total of 610 samples have been tested out of which 608 have proved corona negative. The first case of corona positive was confirmed in Nepal on 23 January. The infected person who is a Nepali national and has returned from Wuhan, China remained under the care of Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital till full recovery. After making a full recuperation, he has been discharged. The second case was confirmed on 22nd The infected person is a Nepali national who came to Nepal from France via Doha Qatar on 17th March. The infected person is now under the care of Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital.
Government of Nepal has enforced nationwide lockdown from 24th March, Tuesday for a week. The Government came to the decision after finding second case of corona positive in the country. Earlier, the government had imposed partial closure by suspending all international flights, long-route public transportation and closure of all services except essential.
In response to the coronavirus threat in Nepal, please find our fourth update following our third update (as of March 19, 2020):
Government of Nepal has decided to restrict arrival of all the passengers coming through direct flights, having a transit at and taking the first of their origin from Europe, West Asia and all the Gulf countries, Turkey, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan. It is effective from 20th March 2020 till 12th April 2020. (Source: Department of Immigration, Government of Nepal)
Department of Immigration has launched a hotline service (+977-1-4113045) at immigration office Tribhuwan International Airport for immigration related information. (Source: Department of Immigration, Government of Nepal)
Government of Nepal has suspended the issue of Trekking Permit to the designated restricted area of Nepal till 30th April 2020 to the foreigners who have arrived Nepal on 15th March 2020 and onward. (Source: Department of Immigration, Government of Nepal)
Government of Nepal has decided to extend visa of those foreigners (as per the state regulations) who are stuck in Nepal due to arrival restriction in their respective countries.
Government of Nepal has temporarily shut down schools, colleges, cinema halls, cultural centers, stadium, gym, health club, museum, swimming pools, entertaining centers, dance bars, clubs etc. till further notice.
All cultural, social, religions and public events, programs and gatherings with more than 25 persons are restricted till further notice.
All public transportation vehicles are restricted to carry more passengers than capacity.
All public transportation vehicles and public places in all metropolis, sub-metropolises, municipalities and rural municipalities should disinfect their respective areas regularly.
As of March 17, a total of 496 samples have been tested out of which 495 have proved corona negative. (Source: Ministry of Health, Government of Nepal)
Following our second update on coronavirus threat in Nepal, please find our third update (As of March 13, 2020) :
Government of Nepal has decided to temporarily suspend visa-on-arrival for all foreigners and Non-Resident Nepalis (NRN) to be effective from 14th March 2020 till 30th April 2020. (Source: Department of Immigration, Government of Nepal)
All foreigners and NRNs with prior visa have to submit a swab test Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Health Certificate issued maximum 7 days before their arrival in Nepal. (Source: Department of Immigration, Government of Nepal)
Any foreigners and NRNs willing to visit Nepal for compelling reasons have to contact Nepali diplomatic missions abroad. A recent swab test PCR Health Certificate issued maximum 7 days before their arrival to Nepal is mandatory along with visa application and it has to be submitted at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA). (Source: Department of Immigration, Government of Nepal)
All foreigners, NRNs and Nepalis entering Nepal since 14th March 2020 are subjected to stay in quarantine for 14 days from the date of their arrival. Foreigners are to stay in self-quarantine and NRNs and Nepali nationals are to stay in home quarantine. (Source: Department of Immigration, Government of Nepal)
All land entry points in Nepal remain closed to all the foreigners from third countries and are requested to use TIA as the only entry and exit point (Source: Department of Immigration, Government of Nepal)
All the permits for mountaineering expeditions issued and to be issued for Spring 2020 season are suspended. (Source: Department of Immigration, Government of Nepal)
A total of 43 land entry points have health desk service. Source: Ministry of Health, Government of Nepal)
As of March 12, a total of 450 samples have been tested out of which 449 have proved corona negative. (Source: Ministry of Health, Government of Nepal)
We all are aware about coronavirus or COVID – 19 outbreaks in different parts of the world. It has created a state of emergency across the globe. The effects of the current outbreak have significantly impacted tourism raising a great concern among the travel community. We understand you are also worried! So, in this regard, we want to update the status of Coronavirus Threat in Nepal to all our partners and travellers so that you will be aware about the real situation and plan accordingly.
Coronavirus Threat in Nepal #Source: CNN
Currently, Health Emergency and Disaster Management Unit – Ministry of Health, Department of Immigration, Tribhuwan International Airport Civil Aviation Office and Local Government bodies are working jointly to control the potential spread of the virus. Please go through the following update in which we have complied concerned facts and information related to coronavirus threat in Nepal. We hope our information will help you in considering and making your travel plans to Nepal. We will keep you updating about the latest news and information regularly.
Till date, only one case of corona positive has been confirmed in Nepal (on 23 January). The infected person who is a Nepali national and has returned from Wuhan, China remained under the care of Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital till full recovery. After making a full recuperation, he has been discharged. Now, he is back to normal life under regular monitoring. (Source: Ministry of Health, Government of Nepal)
As of 3rd March, a total of 433 samples have been tested out of which 432 have tested negative. No other new suspected case has been reported till date. (Source: Ministry of Health, Government of Nepal)
All 175 Nepali university students who were repatriated from Wuhan, China, on 16th February and quarantined at Kharipati, Bhaktapur for two weeks have tested negative. They were allowed to return home after the second time test also came negative. The evacuees had undergone the first test within 24 hour of their arrival but their test results were found to be negative. The government had decided to go for second test on 29th February to ascertain the result. Not only the students, all 18 crew members involved in bringing the students and 7 health and hygiene staffs mobilized at the quarantine site have tested negative. (Source: Ministry of Health, Government of Nepal)
Nepal Government has taken into account the recommendations and measures of WHO and has suspended visa-on-arrival (till further notice) for the nationals of People’s Republic of China (including Special Administrative Regions), Islamic Republic of Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea and Japan. These nationals can obtain visa beforehand from the Nepali Missions abroad after submitting a recently issued health certificate stating that they are not infected by COVID-19. (Source: Department of Immigration, Government of Nepal)
Nepali nationals directly coming from countries affected by and in the high risk of COVID-19 and from third countries transmitting via those countries will have to undergo mandatory home quarantine for 14 days. (Source: Ministry of Health, Government of Nepal)
Tribhuwan International Airport, country’s only entry point by air, has adopted the preventive safety measures by screening passengers using thermal scanner, thermal gun and spraying sanitizer over the travellers for disinfection. Precautionary information is also displayed in Nepali, English and Chinese language at major points. (Source: Tribhuwan International Airport Civil Aviation Office)
Health desk with international standard is operational at Tribhuwan International Airport. Passengers with temperature measured >100.4 °F are being sent to Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital for further investigation and treatment; People reporting fever, cough or shortness of breath at TIA Health Desk or Teku Hospital are further investigated, treated, counseled and monitored on a regular basis. (Source: Ministry of Health, Government of Nepal)
Health desks with international standard are also operational at the main land borders crossing with China and India. Visas to the nationals of third countries entering through India via land routes shall be issued visa after their health check-up ensuring that they will enter only through the designated points. (Source: Ministry of Health, Government of Nepal)
Hospitals have prepared the Hospital Disaster Preparedness and Response Plan and isolation facilities as per the protocol prepared by the Ministry of Health and Population. (Source: Ministry of Health, Government of Nepal)
International meetings and conferences to be held in Nepal in the near future have been postponed. (Source: Ministry of Health, Government of Nepal)
Private and non-governmental sectors are requested to postpone their international programs scheduled to be held in Nepal. (Source: Ministry of Health, Government of Nepal)