COVID-19 Information (Updated September 16, 2020)

Last updated: September 16, 2020.

Nepal Country-Specific Information:

  • For statistics about COVID-19 in Nepal, please find updates at https://covid19.ndrrma.gov.np/.
  • On September 9, Government of Nepal officials announced a loosening of the lockdown for Kathmandu Valley.
  • Essential businesses are open in the morning until 1100 hours and again from 1700-1900 hours.
  • Takeaway and other delivery services are permitted to operate from 1200-1900 hours.
  • Shopping Malls and luxury goods stores are open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
  • Restaurants are permitted to open beginning September 17.
  • Hotels are also permitted to open beginning September 17.
  • On September 13, Nepal Immigration in Kalikastan, Kathmandu, resumed operations. All visa holders requiring any visa-related services should consult the Department of Immigration for information about visa matters. (http://www.immigration.gov.np/)
  • The central government of Nepal has authorized local authorities to impose lockdowns within their jurisdictions. There have been limited lockdowns in Pokhara and many towns in the Terai.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • The government announced September 14 that all land ports of entry into Nepal remain closed through midnight the night of October 16. There are a limited number of border points through which returning Nepali citizens are allowed entry.
  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No foreigners are permitted entry to Nepal at this time. The government of Nepal has approved exceptions for diplomatic, international organization, and some international non-governmental organization personnel.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) 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.
  • 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, procedures at the international airport at this time consist of temperature checks and a spray disinfecting area.
  • Department of Immigration announced September 13 that it would waive late fees and penalties through September 27. Consult the DoI website (http://www.immigration.gov.np/) for further details about visa extensions.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No, the government of Nepal loosened the lockdown in the Kathmandu Valley as of September 10. However, the government implemented an alternating day even/odd system for the movement of private vehicles based on the last number of the vehicle’s license plate.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes, but on September 14 the government announced it would allow limited long-range public bus transportation beginning September 17. Buses will be allowed to operate only at 50% capacity and will be subject to strict COVID mitigation measures.
  • The government announced that trekking routes are to be opened beginning September 17. Travelers must present negative PCR test results to be eligible for trekking.

Quarantine Information:

  • All newly arrived travelers must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
  • Suspected cases already in country are also quarantined for 14 days.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Several Kathmandu Valley hospitals offer COVID-19 testing. Individuals are responsible for paying the cost of the test. The government of Nepal has announced that hospitals should offer PCR tests at Rs. 2,000, but there are reports of private hospitals still charging the previous maximum of Rs. 4,400. A few of the hospitals at which tests are available are:
  • Norvic International Hospital, Thapathali, Kathmandu, (01) 425-8854.
  • Star Hospital, Sanepa Heights Road, Lalitpur, (01) 555-0197.
  • HAMS, Mandikhatar, Kathmandu, (01) 437-7404.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Limited commercial flight service resumed Wednesday, September 2. Eight foreign carriers and two domestic carriers are offering international flights. However, foreign citizens are currently prohibited entry into Nepal.
  • On September 14, the government announced the resumption of limited domestic flights beginning September 17. Each flight will be allowed only to operate at 50% capacity and under strict COVID mitigation measures.
  • Additional information on flights may be available through the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal at http://caanepal.gov.np/.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes, the government has loosened the lockdown in the Kathmandu Valley, permitting 50% occupancy in taxis and buses. Some long-distance public transport will only be allowed to operate after September 16.
    • The public is required to wear masks when outdoors, including while riding on public transport, and the government has specified that only up to two riders are permitted in private vehicles, including taxis.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • The government of Nepal has announced that members of the public found outdoors without a mask can be and have been arrested and fined. However, the government has not circulated specifics about penalties for such arrests.

Consular Operations:

  • The consular section is currently only scheduling emergency citizen services. If you have an urgent need, please contact the consular section by email at consktm@state.gov or through the Embassy main phone number at (01) 423-4000.
  • At this time, the consular section is only able to process emergency cases, official visa cases, and a very limited number of cases that do not require interviews.
  • Additionally, the consular section has authorization to process mission critical immigrant visa cases whose beneficiaries are spouses and children of U.S. citizens.
  • To keep you informed, we provide security updates on state.govand Embassy Kathmandu’s website, and send out alerts when you enroll in STEP.
  • For more information about how the Embassy supports citizens during a crisis, please refer to: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/emergencies/what-state-dept-can-cant-do-crisis.html

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