Foreign travel advice

Nepal

Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel

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Summary

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to:

  • the whole of Nepal based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

Travel to Nepal is subject to entry restrictions

  • Entry is currently subject to a PCR negative COVID-19 test report no more than 72 hours prior to departure or a report of complete vaccination against COVID-19

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

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If you’re planning travel to Nepal, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

Over 50,000 British nationals visited Nepal in 2019. Most visits are trouble-free.

At certain times of year, there can be outbreaks of dengue fever in certain parts of Nepal. If you’re travelling in these areas, take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites. For up to date information see guidance on the TravelHealthPro website.

The monsoon season normally runs from June to September. Flooding and landslides often occur during this time. Road travel anywhere can be hazardous, particularly in rural areas. See Monsoon season

Nepal is in a major earthquake zone and remains at risk from further earthquakes and aftershocks. You should familiarise yourself with safety procedures in the event of an earthquake. See Earthquakes

Small scale politically motivated protests, demonstrations or strikes are fairly common in Nepal. They can occur at short notice and clashes between protesters and law enforcement agencies may occur. You should exercise caution and avoid any demonstrations.

You’ll need a visa to enter Nepal. At present, it may not be possible to get a visa on arrival. You are advised to contact your nearest Embassy of Nepal before your departure for Nepal. See Visas

On 26 May 2019 a series of bomb blasts took place in Kathmandu, causing 4 fatalities. Two improvised explosive devices detonated in Kathmandu in February and March 2019, causing injuries and one fatality. There are reports that a local group has made efforts to extort businesses, NGOs and local and international schools. You should remain vigilant and report any incidents to the local police.

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. Permissions for mountaineering expeditions for Spring 2020 (including existing permissions) have been suspended. 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 Air travel

Car and motorbike accidents are one of the biggest causes of injury and death overseas. If possible, avoid travelling at night. Always travel in a well-maintained vehicle with seatbelts. If you travel by motorbike, wear a helmet and proper footwear. See Road travel

High levels of air pollution can occur in Nepal. Children, the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions may be especially affected by poor air quality. You can check the pollution index levels for real-time information, and the WHO factsheet on air quality.

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Nepal. See Terrorism

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

If you need to contact the emergency services, call 100 (police) and 101 (fire). There is no central public ambulance service, though some private providers operate in the main cities. In an emergency, you should call the local hospital.

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.