Covid-19, Coronavirus Travel Updates Nepal – No More Quarantine
NEPAL ENTRY PROCEDURES | UPDATE 26th Mar 2021
1. There is no more lengthy quarantine – though you do have to be in your hotel till you test negative.
2. You have to supplement the 72 hours prior to boarding Negative PCR test with a second one after you arrive (this takes literally just a few hours in Kathmandu and costs under 25 USD)
3. Once you are negative, you can be on your way.
4. The visa on arrival is not totally open as stated online. You still need a recommendation letter from Nepal – via your local travel partner.
According to new travel protocols, posted on the website of the Tourism Ministry on Thursday evening, vaccinated tourists entering Nepal have to submit a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test report form within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin.
After they arrive in Nepal, they have to conduct another PCR test at their own cost and stay at the isolation in the hotel until the report is out. With a negative PCR result, they can continue on their tour.
After Our understating of this pandemic and of the Covid-19 virus, we’re at a point where if necessary precautions are taken, everyone will be safe and healthy. After the start of the vaccination worldwide and in Nepal now we have more confidence to operate treks and tours. With our experience and all the above information it’s no doubt if necessary precautions are taken, we can travel safely.
We continue to closely monitor the unfolding Coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak. We hope that our past and future guests and friends are staying safe around the globe. We are happy to share the good news with all our customers that we are in operation and our first trip to Everest base camp was made by Mr. Marck and we have few groups coming online this Springa and the upcoming Autumn season for Everest base camp trek, Annapurna, and Langtang area.
Above the Himalaya Trekking always put the safety of our guests, employees, and community as our priority. If you choose to join us, you can be confident that we have implemented social distancing and sanitation procedures to ensure your comfort, health, and safety while cruising or staying with us. Thus worrying about the risk of COVID cases is minimum with our team as we are always concerned about the safety of our customers.
As a locally-owned small business in Kathmandu Nepal, we are deeply connected to our community. We will continue to do our part to keep our guests, employees, and community safe and healthy during this time. It is our passion to share the beauty of Nepal Himalayas with our guests and we look forward to doing so this autumn in the safest way possible.
Before we resume trips for trek and tour we will review all aspects of the holiday. We will check accommodation, transport, and other aspects of your holiday against our Covid-19 Safety Guidelines. We look closely to verify if they comply with local requirements.
Book with confidence
Our flexible booking will give you peace of mind and easy for you if sometimes plans change. Furthermore, when you book with us you have the flexibility to change your travel plans. – with the assurance that you’ll have options to re-book when it suits you. As long as you notify us about changes to your travel plans at least 21 days before your scheduled departure, you can pick new travel dates or an entirely different trip, with no change fees.
Above all, Above The Himalaya Trekking is committing to provide the health and safety of our guests. Because we only operate Private groups and small tours with limited numbers, we will be able to incorporate regular cleaning and sanitizing into our daily routine. Each of our tour guides is using with Mask, disposable paper towels for single-use, hand sanitizers for guest use, as well as all of the latest emergency contact details. Due to our we generally do not visit enclose places where large numbers of people are gathering.
Private trip and Small group travel
We focus on a private departure designed just for you. Select your own travel dates. Perfect for people who want to travel with a personal group of family, friends, or colleagues. We’ve assessed the group sizes for our treks and tour. This is to order to maintain safe distancing between guests and carry out the enhanced new cleaning measures to minimize risks.
Trip review after Corona Virus, Everest View trek
One always worries whether a trekking company is being honest and how much their markup is, but Puru Timalsena and Above the Himalayas were straightforward, honest, told me where not to spend extra though it would have benefitted him, and did great follow up. I have used Above the Himalayas for two trips, the first in 2019 to visit Upper Mustang for the Tiji festival and the second in November 2020 for the Everest/Khumbu region. As I was living in Nepal, I tried initially to do some of the groundwork for myself, but with someone as knowledgeable as Puru at the helm, that was a mistake. He even helped us out on a hotel I tried to arrange on my own and helped us gather reliable information on how to get my wife back to Nepal during the pandemic after she had to leave with only a regular tourist visa. In both cases, he helped without any additional commission on his side, which you wouldn’t readily find in a country like Nepal. His arrangements and advice were always spot on. I highly recommend Above the Himalayas.
Nepal starts vaccination drive against COVID-19
The first phase of the Covid-19 vaccination drive has completed in Nepal. With as many as 184,857 persons receiving the first dose of the vaccine throughout the country. The vaccine comes as a hope that the pandemic would end soon. The availability of Covid-19 vaccines decreases fatality rates in Nepal.
This is great news to everyone and especially for the travelers who are skeptical about how is Travelling going to be safe. Now you don’t need to worry and lest plan your trip together with us. y
Ministry of Health and Population informed that employees of all district-based government offices, public corporations and banks, journalists, elected local representatives, security personnel deployed for border security, and those who were missed out during the first phase of the campaign — health workers, health volunteers, drivers of ambulances and funeral vehicles, security persons mobilized for managing the bodies of those infected — will be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
What we are doing for our Tour Group:
- Limitation on tour group sizes
- Offer free hand sanitizers and face masks
- Hygiene Safety Regulations for Customers
- Mask: Need to wear it all the time when you are in-crowds.
- Hand cleaning: We suggest guests use hand sanitizers available.
- Social distancing: Maintain a physical distance of at least 1.8 meters.
- wearing a mask and using sanitizer regularly during your travel
- Eating healthy food
- Encourage drinking plenty of lukewarm water
Hygiene Safety Regulations for Staff
- Masks and Gloves: Suggest to wear all times while serving customers.
- Hand cleaning: Suggest cleaning regularly.
- Medical checkup: Employees will be going through regular medical examinations.
- Eating healthy food
- Clean and sanitize frequently when touching the surfaces.
- Encourage drinking plenty of lukewarm water
- Emergency Warning Signs will keep at the entrance.
Hygiene Safety Regulations for Customers
- Hand cleaning: Hands should be kept clean regularly with soap and water.
- Visitors are asked to use the available hand sanitizers.
- Social distancing: Maintaining a minimum distance of at least 1.8 meters.
- Wearing a mask and Using sanitizer regularly during your travel
Before You Travel
Talk to your doctor before travel, especially if you’re at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
If you’re eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Wait 2 weeks after getting your second vaccine dose to travel—it takes time for your body to create protection after any vaccination.
Check up 1-3 days before your trip to Nepal.
Do NOT travel if you were exposed to COVID-19, you’re sick, otherwise, you test positive for COVID-19.
Don’t travel with someone who is sick.
When traveling by your check if your airline requires any health information, test results, or other documents. Visit the Foreign Affairs Country Information page for details about entry requirements and restrictions for arriving travelers.
Follow any entry requirements or restrictions at your destination which could include testing, quarantine, and providing contact information.
If you get sick in Nepal, you would possibly need medical aid. Plan ahead and learn more about Getting Health Care During Travel.
During your Travel
If you want to travel, take the subsequent steps to guard yourself et al. from COVID-19:
• Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when publicly settings. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other sorts of public transportation traveling into, within the country.
• Avoid crowds and occupy at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who didn’t travel with you. it is vital to try to do this everywhere—both indoors and outdoors.
• Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with a minimum of 60% alcohol).
• Bring extra supplies, like masks and hand sanitizer.
• Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Entry Protocol for Mountaineering Expeditions and Trekking in Nepal,
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation issued the Entry Protocol for Mountaineering Expeditions and Trekking in Nepal for the safety and protection against the risk of COVID-19 for foreign tourists visiting Nepal for Mountaineering Expeditions and Trekking. The following are the terms and conditions:
- All tourists coming to Nepal for mountaineering and trekking must acquire a visa before arriving in Nepal.
- In the case of countries where visa provision for Nepal is not available, expedition teams or trekkers can coordinate with Travel and Trekking agencies based in Nepal for the arrangement of prior approval to enter Nepal.
- For prior Visa approval, the Nepal based Agencies must submit all prescribed details of the client/s and relevant details to the Department of Tourism (DOT) for Expedition teams and the Nepal Tourism Board for Trekkers, for a recommendation of Visa to the Department of Immigration.
- Tourists arriving in Nepal as per point 1, the visa shall be provisioned at the point of entry by the Department of Immigration.
- Tourists entering Nepal must present the following documents at the entry point;
- RT (Polymerase Chain Reaction: PCR) Negative taken within 72 hours before departing the home country
- Visa or prior approval document (ref point 1) for entry to Nepal.
- A hotel booking for at least 7 days’ quarantine in Nepal.
- Insurance of at least 5,000/- (Five thousand US Dollars) against COVID-19 per person.
- After entry to Nepal, tourists must stay in hotel quarantine for a minimum of 7 days.
- Tourists are required to take PCR test on the fifth day of hotel quarantine at their own expense and shall be allowed to proceed for expeditions or trekking on obtaining RT PCR Negative.
- As per Article 3, for tourists who test RT Positive for COVID-19, Quarantine shall be extended till he/ she obtains RT PCR Negative test report.
- Expedition or trekking teams must provide insurance coverage of a minimum of NPR 100,000/- (One lakh Nepali Rupees only) against COVID-19 to team members from Nepal prior to obtaining permission for expedition or trekking.
- While in expedition or trekking in Nepal, health guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Population of the Government of Nepal must be duly followed.
- Other conditions and criteria to be followed by the tourist shall be as per regular updates from the Department of Tourism. The concerned agency must provide detailed information on the same to tourists before the expedition or trekking.
We have mentioned a few travel advisories below. You can also consult or get an update from your local advisories if you plan on making your travel in a few days. Do check all the entry and exit requirements as these requirements are changing frequently.