In Nepal, the second Corona wave peaked in mid-May, and since then numbers have declined sharply (see graph below for infection numbers). From the beginning of May to the end of June, a strict lockdown was imposed in the Kathmandu Valley and other major towns. From July onwards, the lockdown was lifted for the most part.
Towards the end of January, vaccinations against Covid were started.
The restrictions on air traffic were lifted at the beginning of July and flights are operating normally again (with a slightly restricted schedule).
Currently, there is a ten-day quarantine requirement, which must be completed at a government-contracted hotel. Home quarantine is only possible for fully vaccinated persons (2 vaccines) and other selected groups of persons. If current developments continue, it is expected that this quarantine will be lifted, and Nepal will be open for travel in the fall season (Sep-Nov).
Development of infection figures in Nepal
The 7-day average of covid infections is 2335, 26% of the peak, 57 infections per 100K people were reported in the last 7 days. However, we must note that Corona cases in trekking regions are very low. Over 5.2 million people have now received at least one vaccination, or about 12.8% of the total population. The vaccination program is now gaining some momentum as we are now receiving the vaccine from India, China, USA, and Russia.
Development of vaccination program in Nepal
Entry to Nepal
The Nepalese government has waived the 10-day hotel quarantine for Nepalis and foreigners entering the country from abroad if they have received all doses of a Covid 19 vaccine.
Those who have not yet received all doses of the vaccine must stay in one of the hotels designated by the government for quarantine. Previously, the quarantine period was set at 10 days.
The following entry procedure applies:
Visa must be obtained in advance from the Nepalese Embassy or consulate in the respective county; “Visa on Arrival” is currently not available. We can help you get a Visa when you are traveling to Nepal.
Prior to entry, a negative PCR test (Gene Xpert/True NAAT or equivalent test) must also be presented, which must not be older than 72 hours before departure. Children under the age of five are exempt from the testing requirement. All travellers must complete an online form prior to departure and present the barcode generated with it as a printout or screenshot at check-in.
After entry, there is a ten-day quarantine requirement, which must be completed at a government-contracted hotel. Home quarantine is only possible for fully vaccinated persons (2 vaccines) and other selected groups of persons.
Confirmation of travel insurance to cover medical and hospital expenses, travel incidents, and evacuations.
Completion of an online health questionnaire from CCMC Nepal.
Departure from Nepal by air is only possible after presentation of a negative test result, which can only be done in clinics designated by the government. We will assist you with the testing process while you are in Nepal.
Flights to/from Nepal
The restrictions on air travel were lifted according to the Nepalese government’s notice of July 8, 2021, and most flights will resume their normal schedules. Commercial flights are operating but with limited availability. The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has extended the suspension of some international flights and has established a restricted flight. CAAN also announced that all domestic flights have resumed, and strict COVID protocols are enforced.
Please check the flight schedules to Kathmandu from the respective airlines’ homepage.