After the announcement of the reopening of the trekking and mountaineering in Nepal, the government of Nepal has brought some protocols that the travelers need to follow before starting the adventure. We will talk about those post-COVID-19 travel protocols to Nepal in this post.
The government of Nepal has announced that the trekking and mountaineering in Nepal will reopen from 17 October after six months of lockdown. If you are excited to go for a trekking or mountaineering adventure in Nepal soon after it reopens, there are certain things you need to follow.
Here are some provisions and protocols that the travelers have to follow before starting the adventure. The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation made these mandatory provisions for the trekking and mountaineering groups.
Post COVID-19 Travel Protocols to Nepal
1. The traveler has to obtain the Nepal visa before arrival in Nepal. But if any traveler is unable to get the Nepalese visa in his/her country, s/he can obtain the travel permit to Nepal coordinated by the trekking company that s/he is traveling with. His or her travel plan will be recommended to the Department of Immigration of Nepal by the Department of Tourism and Nepal Tourism Board.
2. The travelers recommended according to Clause 1 will get the visa from the immigration point upon arrival from where they will be checking in to Nepal.
3. The travelers need to submit the following documents while entering Nepal.
a.) COVID-19 Negative report tested within 72 hours before arriving in Nepal
b.) Valid Nepal Visa or travel permit
c.) Document of Hotel booking to stay at least 7 days’ quarantine before the adventure starts
d.) COVID-19 Insurance of at least USD 5000
4. The traveler has to stay at least 7 days’ of mandatory quarantine before the start of the adventure
5. The traveler has to go for a PCR test on the 5th day of quarantine on his/her own expenses. S/he will be allowed to go on the trekking or mountaineering only if the PCR report comes negative.
6. According to clause 5, if a traveler tests positive in PCR, s/he has to stay in hotel quarantine until the report comes negative.
7. The trekking or mountaineering group has to get an insurance of at least 100,000 Rupees of the Nepali trekking and mountaineering staff before obtaining the trekking or mountaineering permit.
8. The trekkers and the mountaineers have to follow the health protocol guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Population, Nepal while on the adventure.
9. The travelers need to follow other terms & conditions and protocols published by the Department of Tourism. The concerned company has to inform travelers about the protocols and provisions.
These are the basic guidelines to travel to Nepal for trekking and mountaineering after 17 October. Of several other health guidelines and protocols, we will send you the details in advance before traveling to Nepal.
Are you ready to explore the mountains?
Author: Post COVID-19 Travel Protocols to Nepal
Date: 29th September, 2020