COVID-19 Information (Updated March 29, 2020)

Nepal COVID-19 Information Page

Travel to Kathmandu:  The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) is taking a more active role in providing transportation options for tourists caught outside Kathmandu and unable to move due to the lockdown across the country.  They have been organizing both flights and buses out of Pokhara and flights out of Lukla.  They have set up a new process by which we in the Embassy can notify them about U.S. citizens who are in areas outside the main tourist areas.  For further information please see the NTB website.  Also note the email address if you find you need to reach out to them.  (https://www.welcomenepal.com/; email: crisiscell@ntb.org.np)

Evacuation Flight:  The MASCOT message released March 28 contained further details about evacuation flights.  Organizing an evacuation is a complicated process when there is a disaster affecting a single country, let alone scores of countries around the world.  As further detail becomes available, the Embassy will continue to provide additional information.

Information to Embassy: For those who have not yet completed the online form to provide the Embassy information about you and your need for urgent travel to the U.S., please click on the following link to the form.  It is primarily intended for those wishing to be included for the evacuation flight(s).  If you plan to stay in Nepal longer-term, please shelter in place; there is not a need to complete the form.

https://bit.ly/2JcPBhD

Government Lockdown Order:  The Government of Nepal issued a complete lock down order for Kathmandu Valley and beyond effective from 0600 March 24, 2020 until 2359 the night of March 31, 2020.  Per the order all residents and visitors in Kathmandu are required to remain in their place of residence.  All movement on the roads, by vehicle and on foot, is currently prohibited with very limited life safety exceptions.  Initial inquires with the Nepal Police indicate this travel ban is equally applicable to all vehicles including diplomatic vehicles.  Similar orders are in effect in other provinces in Nepal.   U.S. citizens are advised to shelter in place during this period.  The Embassy will update information on this website as available.

Departing Flight Availability:  The Embassy understands that at this time all airlines have canceled flights through 2359 hours on March 31, 2020.  Please remain in contact with your airline for flight and ticket availability and reservation changes.  If the Embassy becomes aware of flight availability, this information will be posted on this webpage.  Additional information may be available through the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal at http://caanepal.gov.np/ and through the Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport at +977 1-411-3045.

Embassy Services:  Throughout the period of the lock down, the consular section will not be offering in-office services.  In case of emergency, please reach us through the main Embassy number at 01-423-4000 during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  After hours access to a duty officer is provided through the Embassy recorded message at the same number.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP):  The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu urges all U.S. citizens abroad to register in STEP (https://step.state.gov/) in order to receive all messages sent from the Embassy to registered U.S. citizens in Nepal.

Nepal Immigration Suspension of Services:  On March 21 the Immigration Department of Nepal announced that they would suspend all visa services between March 22 and April 3.  Travelers will not be considered out of status as long as 1) their visa was valid at least through March 21, and 2) they make contact with Immigration no later than seven days following resumption of services.  Additionally, holders of visas expired before March 21 and not extended will be subject to late fees and penalties.  Refer to http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/ for further information.

Trekking Permits Suspended: The Nepal Tourism Board announced on March 20 that the issuance of Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) cards will be suspended until further notice.

Global Level 4 – Do Not Travel: The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.  Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice.  Airlines have cancelled many international flights and several cruise operators have suspended operations or cancelled trips.  If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe.

If you decide to travel abroad or are already outside the United States:

(Dated: March 19, 2020) https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html

Nepal Government Announces Public Distancing Measures:  According to a Nepal Government Coordination Meeting on March 18, entertainment and recreation venues will remain closed until April 30.  The government requests that the public restrict non-essential movements and not gather in groups of more than 25.

Visa Extension for Stranded Travelers:  The Government of Nepal will permit Visa Extensions for travelers unable to return to their home country due to travel restrictions if they apply for an extension before their visa expires.

How the U.S. Department of State May Help in an Emergency: The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas is one of our top priorities. To keep you informed, we provide security updates on travel.state.gov and embassy and consulate websites, and send out Alerts when you enroll in our free Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). The actions we take depend on the nature of the crisis. In some instances, we may provide information on conditions in the country, such as warnings about areas of unrest, how and where to seek help, and other useful information. In more severe situations, we may recommend that U.S. citizens leave the immediate area if it is safe to do so or even the foreign country. If commercial transportation is unavailable, and if we have consular officers at the embassy or consulate, and if the conditions permit, we will do our best to identify what transportation options may be available to help U.S. citizens travel out of the crisis location. For more information, please refer to: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/emergencies/what-state-dept-can-cant-do-crisis.html

  • Nepal Country-Specific Information:
    • Nepal confirmed a fifth positive case of COVID-19 on March 28.  
    • The U.S. Embassy Kathmandu’s Regional Security Office strongly discourages all Embassy employees from overnight personal travel in Nepal and any personal international travel due to the increased likelihood of localized geographic quarantines or travel restrictions by the Nepalese Government.
  • Entry and Exit Requirements:
    • Nepal announced the suspension of visas upon arrival for nationals from any country from midnight on March 14 until April 30, 2020.  Those travelers already possessing a prior valid Nepali visa will be required to submit a swab test PCR health certificate issued a maximum of seven (7) days before arrival to Nepal to the immigration office at Tribhuvan International Airport.  http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/
    • All land ports of entry into Nepal remain closed between March 14 and April 30, 2020.
  • Quarantine Information:
    • Suspected cases already in country will also be quarantined for 14 days.

Updated on March 28, 2020.