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House of Representative and provincial assembly elections took place on 7 December 2017. Further indirect elections are expected in early 2018.

A nationwide general strike is planned for 20 February across Nepal. It’s likely to have the most impact in the districts of Rukum, Rolpa, Jajarkot, Salyan, Pyuthan, Dang, Jhapa, Biratnagar and Udaypur. Protests can occur at short notice and turn violent. There have been incidents involving the use of improvised explosive devices (hoax or real) in the past, vandalism and the torching of vehicles in these districts.

Travel along the East-West highway is likely to be disrupted. British Embassy staff have been advised to avoid using this road on this day. Clashes between protesters and police may occur anywhere. You should remain vigilant, take extra care in public places and avoid large gatherings. 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 disasters

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 Natural disasters.

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.