Nepal on Arrival Visa Open for Tourists and No quarantine
The Government of Nepal has reopened the visa on Arrival, which was stopped by Nepal due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) infection. According to the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, foreigners who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will now get visa on arrival (The entry point of arrival). In this regard, the Ministry on Thursday (23rd September 2021) issued an order regarding the travel management of passengers coming and going from Nepal. The government had earlier banned the grant of visas on arrival to foreigners along with the lockdown.
Now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 those who have completed 14 days easily get a visa on arrival, but RT-PCR test negative report within 72 hours for a flight to Nepal is needed. If there are no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 when entering Nepal, they are said to be allowed to travel to their destination, which means there is no need to be in a 10-day quarantine. The mandatory 10-day quarantine period has been removed. But if there are signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or if PCR is positive, foreign tourists will have to stay in hotel quarantine at their own expense.
Latest update on the travel protocols:-
- There is no quarantine rule for fully vaccinated travelers, but they need to make sure that they have received their last dose at least 14 days before they enter Nepal
- On arrival visa service has resumed for fully vaccinated travelers. They need to present the following documents at immigration - Vaccination Certificate with proof of 14 days after the last dose, RT-PCR negative test issued within 72 hours or less before first flight, Proof of hotel booking, Permit copy of mountaineering or trekking and Print copy of filled International Online Arrival Form available at CCMC website (https://ccmc.gov.np)
There is no on arrival visa provision for non-vaccinated travelers. They need to have prior visa from Nepalese Diplomatic missions in their respective countries.
Non-vaccinated travelers need to stay 10 days in quarantine at their own cost in the hotels designated by Nepal Government. https://www.tourismdepartment.gov.np
- Upon arrival, non-vaccinated travelers need to present all the documents (except vaccination certificate), plus proof of quarantine hotel booking
All travelers should have rapid antigen test while entering Nepal. If found positive, they should be in quarantine at the hospitals or isolation centers designated by Nepal Government.
Though, there are some travel restrictions, if you abide by the rules, travelling in Nepal will not be a hassle. With the Government’s aggressive inoculation campaign, more than 19% of the total population is fully vaccinated and more than 21% has already received their first dose. As tourism professionals belong to the prioritized frontline groups, above 95% of the tourism workers have been fully vaccinated by now (97% in Everest and Mustang region).
News Update: 23rd September 2021