Foreign travel advice

Nepal

Summary

The monsoon season normally runs from June to September. Recent monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding, leading to displacement of people, injuries and deaths. Search and Rescue operations are underway in the most affected districts (Sunsari, Morang, Jhapa, Saptari, Sarlahi, Banke, Rautahat, Chitwan, Nawalparasi, Bardiya and Kailali). See the Meteorological Forecasting Division for latest updates and the Department of Hydrology and Metrology for flood forecasts. See Natural disasters.

Road and airport closures are also affecting local transport links. You should plan travel in advance and contact your tour operator, the tourist police or the Nepal Tourism Board for further safety advice. Make sure any vehicle you travel in is equipped to deal with the risk of landslides (eg winches, ropes). See Natural disasters.

Local elections for province 2, covering parts of the Terai region in southern Nepal are planned to take place on 18 September 2017. During the first two rounds of elections on 14 May and 28 June there was a 24 hour vehicle ban and border closures in the provinces voting, similar measures should be expected for this round.

Rallies and protests may take place in the lead up to, during and after elections. The announcement of local elections has led to increased tensions, particularly in the Terai region where there are ongoing protests, general strikes and mass meetings. Small improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other explosive ordnances have been used against political figures and groups. A small number of incidents have targeted the general public including on public transport.

You should take care in public places where people gather, and exercise a heightened level of vigilance. Monitor local and international media and keep up to date with this travel advice by subscribing to email alerts.

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 Natural diasasters

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

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

Around 40,000 British nationals visit Nepal annually. Most visits are trouble-free.

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 ambulance service. In an emergency you would need to 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.

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.