Aiming to provide a boost to tourism in the Himalayan nation, Nepal has resumed the on-arrival visa facility for fully vaccinated international travellers. In another significant move to increase the number of tourists, the Nepal government has also removed the mandatory seven days quarantine requirement for such visitors. Travellers should have received their last dose of Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 prior to entering Nepal.
As per the new travel guidelines, the Tourism Ministry of Nepal said that fully vaccinated foreign travellers entering Nepal need to produce a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test report not older than 72 hours before departure. On arrival, visitors need to take a rapid antigen test at the airport. Submitting a valid vaccine administration certificate is also necessary.
Travellers willing to enter Nepal via the road-route can also obtain visa on arrival, but they need to fill an online departure form before starting the journey. Unvaccinated tourists can also enter the popular mountain-nation by producing a negative RT-PCR test report, but the quarantine requirements will apply to them.
In case a traveller needs to quarantine, providing a proof of hotel booking for seven days stay in Nepal government approved hotels is necessary. Fully vaccinated international tourists transiting to third countries through Kathmandu’s airport, after staying in Nepal, have to show a negative test report 48 hours prior to their departure.
All expenses for testing for Covid-19, isolation and insurance should be borne by the travellers themselves. Travel and trekking agencies are responsible for enforcing all conditions set by the new rule.
Now, nationals from all the countries except Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, Refugees with a travel document can opt for “on arrival visa” in Nepal.