Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Nepal.

A major earthquake occurred at 11.45am local time on 25 April in Nepal. The epicentre was 81km west of Kathmandu. There has been extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure, particularly outside the Kathmandu valley. There is a risk of further aftershocks, as well as landslides and flooding in mountainous areas.

You should follow any advice provided by the local authorities. If you can leave Nepal safely then you should do so. The road to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport is open and commercial flights on regular carriers such as Qatar Airways and Etihad are currently operating. Domestic commercial flights are operating between Kathmandu and major centres. Lukla Airport is open and commercial flights to Biratnagar are operating. From there it is possible to travel on to Kathmandu. Contact your airline or travel company for more information.

The Indian Embassy in Nepal will provide a visa service from 5 May. All British nationals travelling to India from Nepal from 5 May onwards must hold a valid Indian visa. India will stop issuing the emergency temporary visas on arrival to British nationals arriving from Nepal on 5 May.

If you’re in a safe place, you should stay where you are until it’s safe to leave. You should follow any advice provided by the local authorities. If you can leave Nepal safely then you should do so. The road to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport is open and commercial flights on regular carriers like Qatar Airways and Etihad are currently operating. Get in touch with your airline or travel company for more information.

If you’re a British national currently in Nepal and wish to inform the FCO of your whereabouts you should contact us by:

  • completing the online form
  • emailing help@fco.gov.uk
  • calling us on +44 207 008 0000; and
  • texting NEPAL to +447860010026. You’ll then receive a reply, please respond with your details. Text messages should be restricted to 160 characters. Reliability and cost of sending a text varies from country to country and is dependent on the networks within those countries.

The FCO will protect your privacy and process the personal information you provide in line with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Never trek alone. Use a reputable agency, remain on established routes and walk with at least one other person. Take note of weather conditions and forecasts, and come prepared. Altitude sickness is a risk in all trekking regions. See Trekking in Nepal.

All air carriers from Nepal have been refused permission to operate air services to the EU due to safety concerns. See Safety and security

Nepal is considered to be at high risk of a major earthquake. See Natural disasters

The Monsoon season in Nepal normally runs from June to September and can make travel in rural areas hazardous. See Natural disasters

There is a general threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Around 40,000 British nationals visited Nepal in 2013. Most visits are trouble-free.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. If you are intending to travel at altitude, check that your insurance policy provides cover.