Updated Nepal entry protocols

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The following protocol has been issued on 22nd September 2021 by the Government of Nepal (Ministry of Culture/Tourism) for managing the arrival of incoming tourist to Nepal.

Guidelines for Nepal entry 

Travelling to Nepal during COVID 19

The following arrangements have been made for the Issuance of Visa in reference to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Traveler with vaccination – Visa on arrival

The Government of Nepal has decided to resume visa on-arrival to those who have taken full dose of vaccination at least 14 days prior to the arrival of Nepal. The followings provisions will be applicable to avail the visa-on-arrival:

a. COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing full does of vaccination with the last does taken at least 14 days prior to arriving in Nepal,

b. COVID-19 test report (RT-PCR, Gene Expert, True NAAT or WHO accredited test) showing negative result done within last 72 hours of boarding from the first airport or, if the traveler is entering through land boarder, taken within 72 hours of entry. This report will not required for the children below 5 years.

c. Copy of the permit, if applicable, for mountaineering, trekking and other activity that will require permission.

d. Confirmation of hotel booked in Nepal,

e. A printed copy of the online form (International Traveler Online Arrival Form) filled by logging in to ccmc.gov.np.

Visitor shall submit above documents in addition to the regular visa related documents:

Traveler without vaccination – No visa on arrival

Foreigners without complete vaccination against COVID-19 must obtain the visa from the Nepalese diplomatic mission abroad are are allowed to enter Nepal only though agencies. Such foreigners should submit the documents aforementioned in (b) (c), (d) & (e) and are subject to 10-day hotel quarantine at their own cost and are permitted to work as per the purpose of their visit only if tested negative on 11th day.

Update on 3rd December 2021

Travelers arriving Nepal from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi and Hong Kong as first port of embarkation or transits or with a travel history of such countries within past three weeks are restricted to enter Nepal from 2nd December 2021 midnight. To read government official notice, click here.

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The following protocol has been issued on 29th March 2021 by the Government of Nepal (Ministry of Culture/Tourism) for managing the arrival of incoming tourist to Nepal.

The process for tourists to enter Nepal

  • Tourist visiting Nepal must take visa from Nepal’s Diplomatic Mission in their respective country.
  • In absence of Nepal’s Diplomatic Mission or in case of difficulty in availing visa in the home country, visitors arriving by air can get on arrival visa from the Immigration desk at Tribhuwan International Airport.
  • However, such tourists must have a pre-visa recommendation letter issued by Department of Tourism (DOT) OR Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).
  • DOT or NTB shall issue the visa recommendation letter; only after submission of all required documents by the concerned local agency in Nepal.

Tourists coming to Nepal

  • All tourists visiting Nepal must furnish the following documents in the Airline Check- In counter before boarding:
    • PCR negative report of swab taken within 72 hours of boarding OR report of complete vaccination against COVID-19. However, it is advisable for everyone to still get a PCR negative report taken within 72 hrs as the airline or rule of some countries may require the same for outbound travel.
    • Copy of Nepalese Visa or recommendation letter from Department of Tourism (Nepal Tourism Board).
    • Hotel booking confirmation or guarantee of accommodation.
    • Copy of Travel Insurance that covers health, immediate crisis or rescue for the duration of their travel.
    • Barcode generated after the online application of International Travel Arrival Form from https://ccmc.gov.np/arms/person_add_en.php
  • The concerned airlines shall give boarding clearance to the passenger after making sure that the passenger has all the above documents.

After arriving in Nepal

  • All incoming tourists must take a mandatory COVID test upon arrival in Nepal at their own cost in coordination with the respective local agency.
  • The tourist can continue with their itinerary if the report is negative. In case the report is positive, the tourist must continue to stay in hotel quarantine until the report reads negative.

Please contact us for more information.

About Author

Madhav started working as a porter in 2001 and then went on to work as a trekking guide. After working in the trekking and tourism industry for 8 years, he co-founded Mosaic Adventure in 2009.

Madhav has trekked to most of the treks in Nepal including Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Poon Hill Trek, Jomsom Muktinath Trek, Indigenous Peoples Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Mardi Himal Trek and all of the day hikes around Kathmandu.

He has also extensively traveled to other countries like USA, UK, France, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Philippines, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Behrain, Thailand, Turkey and India. Madhav is the one who answers most of your questions about trekking and tours and helps to plan your trip by giving a personal touch.

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