COVID-19 Information

Last updated: Feb 25, 2021.

Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel.  There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.  Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy Kathmandu at ConsKtm@state.gov and provide the information below.  The U.S. Embassy will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.

Nepal Country-Specific Information:

  • For statistics about COVID-19 in Nepal, please refer to https://covid19.ndrrma.gov.np/.
  • Most businesses, stores, restaurants, and hotels have resumed normal operations.
  • The Nepal Department of Immigration in Kalikasthan, Kathmandu, is operating normally. Foreigners requiring visa-related services should consult the Nepal Department of Immigration for information. https://www.immigration.gov.np/
  • The government of Nepal has authorized local authorities to impose lockdowns within their jurisdictions. Limited lockdowns in Pokhara and many towns in the Terai remain possible.  If you must travel locally, please inquire about local conditions.
  • Protests, rallies, demonstrations, and bandhs remain possible.  Should you find yourself in a large crowd or unexpected protest, you should attempt to depart the area immediately.  If you are unable to leave the area during the protest, please immediately find a safe place to shelter.  Crowds can be highly dynamic and may become violent.  See Nepal International Travel Information (state.gov)

COVID-19 Testing 

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Nepal? Yes. If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes.
  • Several government designated hospitals offer COVID-19 testing. Individuals must pay the cost of testing, which has been mandated by the government at Rs. 2,200.
  • Hospitals offering tests include: Star Hospital, Sanepa Heights Road, Lalitpur, (01) 555-0197; HAMS, Mandikhatar, Kathmandu, (01) 437-7404; Siddhi Poly Path Laboratory, Dillibazaar, Kathmandu, (01) 441-0604; Patan Hospital; Bhaktapur Hospital; Teaching Hospital; Teku Hospital; Bir Hospital; Prasuti Griha; Nepal Korea Friendship Hospital; Civil Hospital; KMC Hospital; A.P.F. Hospital; Birendra Hospital; and Nepal Police Hospital.
  • For additional information on COVID Testing, see: NPHL | Pages
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Nepal approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes, the Astra Zeneca vaccine manufactured in India.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

Special Notice for Tourist Visa Holders in Nepal:  foreign nationals in Nepal with a tourist visa unable to return to their home country due to the COVID-19 pandemic can regulate their tourist visa with a regular tourist visa fee, late fee, and penalty until 31 December 2020.  Please consult with the Nepal Department of Immigration for additional information. See https://www.immigration.gov.np/

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • The government announced that the issuance of tourist entry visas from Nepali diplomatic missions abroad have resumed.
  • Unless noted below, all foreigners should obtain a tourist entry visa from a Nepali diplomatic mission abroad or obtain a pre-approval /recommendation from the concerned ministry for ensuring their on-arrival visa. For more information, please contact the Embassy of Nepal in Washington, D.C. (https://us.nepalembassy.gov.np/), or the Ministry sponsoring your visa (for example, for an educational visa, contact the Ministry of Education.)
  • The government of Nepal has approved exceptions for diplomatic, international organization, and some international non-governmental organization personnel and their family members; non-residential Nepali (NRNs) or foreign passport holders with Nepali origins and their family members;  and trekkers and mountaineers meeting specific requirements.
  • Further information is available from the Department of Immigration.
  • According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, any passenger originating from or transiting through the United Kingdom shall be prohibited from entering Nepal. CAAN – Travel Restriction Related to COVID-l9 (caanepal.gov.np)
  • All passengers travelling into Nepal from countries with the new variant of COVID-19 (SARS-C0V-2 VUI 2020/12/01) as a first port of embarkation or transits are required to comply with specific health and quarantine protocols.  CAAN – New Provision of Passenger Arrival to Nepal (11-Feb-2021)
  • All land border entry/exit points remain closed to foreigners, except those with pre-approval/recommendation of the government of Nepal
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes.  Negative results from a PCR test obtained within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin are required for entry.  Children under 5 are exempt from this requirement.
  • The government requires negative PCR test results and a permit from a Chief District Officer to enter the Kathmandu Valley from other districts outside the Valley.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.  Health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry, and generally consist of temperature checks and a spray disinfecting area.
  • The Department of Immigration announced that late fees and penalties through August 14 would be waived. Consult the Department of Immigration for further details about visa extensions.

Special Entry Requirements for Trekkers and Mountaineers:

According to guidelines approved by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation for mountaineers and trekkers:

  • Trekkers and mountaineers may be allowed into Nepal as of October 17.   Please contact your travel and trekking agency for more up to date information.

If implemented, the guidelines provide that:

  • Trekkers and mountaineers must obtain a visa before arrival through their travel and trekking agencies.
  • Trekkers and mountaineers upon arrival must submit negative results from a PCR test taken within 72 hours of departing their home country.
  • Trekkers and mountaineers must have a hotel booking for a 7-day quarantine in Nepal.
  • Trekkers and mountaineers must possess insurance of at least $5,000 USD against COVID-19.
  • On the fifth day of quarantine, trekkers and mountaineers must take a PCR test at their own expense before proceeding with their trek or expedition.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Not currently, but restrictions remain possible in many locations.  Check local conditions before travelling.
  • The government of Nepal loosened the lockdown in the Kathmandu Valley and ended the alternating day even/odd system for the movement of private vehicles.
  • Limited long-range public bus transportation is allowed to operate at 50% capacity and is subject to strict COVID mitigation measures.
  • The government has announced that certain trekking routes have been opened.  Contact the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation for current information.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes.
  • Newly arrived travelers must undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine.
  • Tourists may quarantine for only 7 days providing they receive a negative COVID PCR test on day 5 after arrival.
  • Suspected COVID cases already in country must also quarantine for 10 days.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
  • Limited commercial flight service has resumed.  Except as described above, foreign citizens are currently prohibited entry into Nepal.
  • Domestic flights have resumed, including full seating capacity. Each flight will operate under strict COVID mitigation measures.
  • Additional information on flights is available through the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. CAAN – Home (caanepal.gov.np)
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.
  • Public transportation, including taxis and buses, and some long-distance buses, may operate at 50% occupancy.*  Masks are required when outdoors, including while on public transport and taxis.

Fines for Mask Non-Compliance:

  • The government of Nepal has announced that failure to wear a mask outdoors may result in arrest and a fine.  Specific information about potential penalties has not been published.

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