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

A further earthquake took place on 12 May measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale. The epicentre was in a rural area near Mount Everest. Further damage was caused and there have been extensive landslides in rural areas. There is a continued risk of aftershocks and an increased risk of further landslides and avalanches in the mountains, including in all trekking areas.

Follow any advice provided by the local authorities. If you can leave Nepal safely then you should do so.

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.

The road to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport is open and commercial flights on regular carriers are currently operating. Domestic commercial flights are operating between Kathmandu and major centres. From there it is possible to travel on to Kathmandu. Contact your airline or travel company for more information.

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

Some major roads are open, but conditions are hazardous and many roads in the mountains are blocked by landslides. You should seek local advice either from your tour operator, the tourist police or the Nepal Tourism Board.

Other major roads are open, but conditions are hazardous and there remains a risk of landslides, including on the Arniko Highway from Kathmandu to the border with China.

If you’re a British national currently in Nepal and you need assistance from the FCO you should contact us by calling +44 207 008 1500.

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.