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Update to COVID-19 Testing Requirement for International Travel to the United States
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June 14, 2022

NOTICE ABOUT SERVICES:  The U.S. Embassy Kathmandu is open for all routine and emergency consular services for American Citizens.

Please see updated information below on Entry/Exit Requirements for Nepal.   The Government of Nepal rescinded all previously issued travel advisories on March 10, 2022.  All travelers arriving by air may now receive on-arrival visas without quarantine (subject to negative testing results), regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status.

Update to COVID-19 Testing Requirement for International Travel to the United States.

Effective Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, the CDC rescinded its Order requiring all airline or other aircraft passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 to board any aircraft destined to the United States from a foreign country.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen and nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

This rescission takes effect for flights departing to the United States from a foreign country at or after 12:01am ET (4:01am GMT) on June 12, 2022, and will be published in the Federal Register.

In accordance with CDC guidance, delay your travel if you test positive for or have symptoms of COVID-19.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

To view the Rescission, click here [PDF – 4 pages] .

For additional information or if you have specific questions, please contact your airline and visit the CDC’s website .

For information about vaccine availability in Nepal, please contact the Nepal Ministry of Health and Population .

Actions to Take:

  • Monitor the CDC website   for the latest guidance regarding testing requirements.
  • Check with your air carriers or travel representative prior to departure for the United States.
  • Check COVID-19 Country Specific Information pages for updated information on COVID-19 related to the availability of testing.
  • Visit state.go    to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website   on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
  • Click here for our Travel to the U.S. FAQs   .

Assistance:

Nepal Country-Specific Information

On September 1, 2021, the Government of Nepal announced an end to a country-wide lockdown in place since late April 2021. The Government of Nepal continues to strictly monitor and enforce safety measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has regularly scheduled all international flights. CAAN has announced that most domestic flights have resumed, though strict COVID protocols will be enforced. The airlines are responsible for ensuring each passengers have the tests as per requirement of destined country.  Please consult with your airlines prior to your arrival and departure from Nepal.  Please check with your airline regarding future flight availability and any necessary flight re-bookings. Operation of cargo flights, rescue flights, and evacuation flights will be carried out subject to special permission.

Foreigners requiring visa-related services should consult the Nepal Department of Immigration   for information. The Ministry of Home Affairs and Department of Immigration have announced the following measures for foreigners currently residing in Nepal and unable to renew their visas due or depart Nepal to the prohibitory orders and/or a lack of departing international flights:

  • Foreigners departing Nepal or applying for a visa renewal after December 31, 2021, will be charged all regular fees as per applicable immigration laws.
  • The current maximum visa duration of 270 days within a calendar year for tourist visa holders may be extended up to 360 days in consideration of the lockdown orders

Please consult the Nepal Department of Immigration for additional information: https://www.immigration.gov.np/   .

 COVID-19 Testing: 

  • PCR and/or antigen tests are available locally for U.S. citizens and test results are reliably available within 48 hours, most within 24 hours if paying expedite fees.
  • Several government designated hospitals offer COVID-19 testing. Individuals must pay the cost of testing, except where local laws exempt charging for tests.
  • 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.
  • Physical evidence of test results (paper copies) are available from these testing locations. NB: Air travelers departing Nepal should be prepared to provide a paper copy of COVID test results.
  • For additional information on COVID Testing, please 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:

  • COVID-19 Vaccines are available to Americans living in Nepal, per local distribution rules.
  • Please note that the U.S. Embassy-Kathmandu does NOT provide vaccines to American residents or travelers, nor can it mandate that vaccines be made available to Americans on the local market.
  • The United States Government continues to work with other countries to ensure that all citizens, including, U.S. citizens abroad, can receive vaccinations through local vaccine programs and in accordance with national vaccination plans. Please refer to: COVID-19 Vaccine Information for U.S. Citizens    .
  • The Government of Nepal has approved several WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccines for use locally, and is in the process of approving additional vaccines as they are made available.
  • Please check with the Ministry of Health    and local ward offices for the latest information on vaccine availability.
  • For information on vaccine availability in the Kathmandu Valley, please check (Nepali): Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination    .
  • A Government of Nepal-issued vaccination card is internationally recognized. The Nepali vaccine card can be translated and verified with QR code here: https://vaccine.mohp.gov.np/    .

Entry and Exit Requirements: 

Effective January 21, 2022, a number of new public health measures went into effect at both local and national levels across Nepal.  Some of these orders regard travel and transit within the country, requiring inter alia proof of COVID-19 vaccination by all persons in most public spaces, mandatory mask wearing in public.

The Department of Immigration rescinded all previously issued orders regarding country-specific travel limitations as of March 10, 2022.  All travelers regardless of vaccine status can receive on-arrival visas at the port of entry.  Amendments to existing orders and new orders may be promulgated with little notice.  Please continue to monitor this space and local media for additional information.

Travelers arriving to Nepal by air or land must present a certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19.  Travelers who are unable to provide such certificate must present a negative COVID-19 test report (RT-PCR, NAAT, Gene Xpert) taken within 72 hours of departure from the port of embarkment.  All symptomatic travelers may be subject to on-arrival COVID-19 testing.

Travelers departing Nepal by air are subject to health protocols of their destination country only.  Airlines will consult and apply such protocols before boarding passengers.  NB: For USA-bound travelers, the latest CDC requirements regarding testing or post-COVID recovery still apply.  See additional information in Order at the top of this page.

The latest notice on travel advisory for Nepal is available from the Department of Immigration    .

Further information is available from the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation    .

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.

Movement Restrictions:
There is no restriction for movement within Nepal.  Local and private transportation are easily available.  However, passengers are subjected to avoid gatherings and follow strict measures to prevent spread of COVID-19.  Violations of local orders may result in penalties.

Public transport and personal vehicles, including taxis, are permitted in the Kathmandu valley and must adhere to strict COVID protocols. Additional restrictions remain possible in many locations. Check local conditions before travelling.

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:

Quarantine is no longer required for travelers regardless of their vaccine status.  However, travelers are subject to COVID-19 testing and who test positive for COVID-19 on arrival may not be permitted entry into Nepal, per the latest travel advisory. 

Transportation Options:

  • Commercial flights are operating to/from Nepal.
  • The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) announced that all domestic flights have also resumed, and strict COVID protocols are enforced.
  • Travelers are allowed to transit/transfer at Tribhuvan International Airport
  • When traveling internationally from Nepal, a PCR negative test may be required depending on the entry requirements of your final destination. Please check with your airline for more information.
  • If a PCR negative test is required by your final destination, passengers are requested to carry one additional copy of the PCR negative test report that includes a photograph along with them while travelling.
  • Additional information on flights is available through the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. CAAN – Home (caanepal.gov.np)     Passengers should check the website for their airline and destination country for updated information.
  • Public transportation, including taxis, in Kathmandu Valley has resumed and travelers and operators must adhere to strict COVID protocols.  Long distance buses may be operating in some areas of the country. Additional restrictions remain possible in many locations. Check local conditions before travelling.
  • Check local conditions before travelling. 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.

 Consular Operations: 

American Citizens: Please refer to the U.S. Citizen Services webpage for current updates about appointments. Additional questions may be directed to the consular section by email at consktm@state.gov or through the Embassy main phone number at +977 (01) 423-4000.

Visas: For current updates on the Embassy’s visa operations, please refer to our visa information page.

U.S. Embassy Kathmandu provides security updates on state.gov    and Embassy Kathmandu’s website, and send out alerts to all travelers enrolled 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    .

Local Resources: 

Nepal Ministry of Health and Population    or Facebook at Ministry of Health and Population-Nepal – Home | Facebook     

Ministry of Health and Population COVID-19 Hotline Local Telephone Numbers: 9851255839; 9851255837; 9851255834 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Infectious Disease Hospital (Teku) Hospital at info@istidh.org and the National Health Public Health Laboratory at nphl@nphl.gov.np for patient testing and quarantine

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu: https://www.tiairport.com.np/    

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal’s published list of international departures from Nepal. CAAN – International Schedule (caanepal.gov.np)    

Other Travel Related Links:

COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov    

Visit the Customs and Border Protection’s      website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.

CDC page on COVID-19