Nepal COVID-19 Information Page
Government Lockdown Order: The Government of Nepal issued a complete lock down order for Kathmandu Valley and beyond effective from 0600 March 24, 2020 until 2359 the night of March 31, 2020. Per the order all residents and visitors in Kathmandu are required to remain in their place of residence. All movement on the roads, by vehicle and on foot, is currently prohibited with very limited life safety exceptions. Initial inquires with the Nepal Police indicate this travel ban is equally applicable to all vehicles including diplomatic vehicles. Similar orders are in effect in other provinces in Nepal.
Departing Flight Availability (Reaching Your Respective Home): All Embassies in Nepal understand that at this time all airlines have canceled flights through 2359 hours on March 31, 2020. Please remain in contact with your airline for flight and ticket availability and reservation changes. If Embassies become aware of flight availabilities – the information will be made available accordingly. Additional information may be available through the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal at http://caanepal.gov.np/ and through the Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport at https://www.tiairport.com.np/ & via phone at +977 1-411-3045.
Nepal Immigration Suspension of Services: On March 21 the Immigration Department of Nepal announced that they would suspend all visa services between March 22 and April 03. Travelers will not be considered out of status as long as
1) their visa was valid at least through March 21, and
2) they make contact with Immigration no later than seven days following the resumption of services
Additionally, holders of visas expired before March 21 and not extended will be subject to late fees and penalties. Refer to http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/ for further information.
Trekking Permits Suspended: The Nepal Tourism Board announced on March 20 that the issuance of Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) cards will be suspended until further notice. Refer to https://trade.welcomenepal.com/ for further information.
Nepal Government Announces Public Distancing Measures: According to a Nepal Government Coordination Meeting on March 18, entertainment and recreation venues will remain closed until April 30. The government requests that the public restrict non-essential movements and not gather in groups of more than 25.
Visa Extension for Stranded Travelers: The Government of Nepal will permit Visa Extensions for travelers unable to return to their home country due to travel restrictions if they apply for an extension before their visa expires.
Nepal Country-Specific Information:
Nepal confirmed a second case of COVID-19 on March 23. A 19-year-old Nepali student who returned from France March 17 was declared positive, and health officials has already began contact tracing.
It is strongly discouraged that all within/inside Nepal from overnight personal travel and any personal international travel due to the increased likelihood of localized geographic quarantines or travel restrictions by the Nepalese Government.
It is further assessed that there is an increased likelihood of the Government of Nepal announcing additional restrictions to all individuals arriving or departing Nepal by air or transiting through Nepal’s borders. In addition, there is a significantly increased likelihood of similar restrictions by neighboring countries – India/China as well. These restrictions could include mandatory testing, medical certifications, mandatory quarantines, or an absolute prohibition on entry, departure, or transit based on nationality or country of origin.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
Nepal announced the suspension of visas upon arrival for nationals from any country from midnight on March 14 until April 30, 2020. Those travelers already possessing a prior valid Nepali visa will be required to submit a swab test PCR health certificate issued a maximum of seven (07) days before arrival to Nepal to the immigration office at Tribhuvan International Airport. http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/
All land ports of entry into Nepal remain closed between March 14 and April 30, 2020
Quarantine Information: Suspected cases already in the country will also be quarantined for 14 days.