COVID-19 Information (Updated May 22, 2020)

Nepal COVID-19 Information Page

Extension of Government Lockdown:  The Government of Nepal announced on May 17 an extension to the nationwide lockdown until 2359 hours on June 2, 2020. Per the lockdown order all residents and visitors throughout Nepal 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.  U.S. citizens are advised to shelter in place during this period.  

Extension of Flight Suspension: The government has suspended regular international and domestic flights until 2359 hours on June 14, 2020. If the Embassy becomes aware of flight availability, such information will be posted on the Embassy website. Additional information may be available through the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal at http://caanepal.gov.np/.

 Nepal Immigration Suspension of Services: Although there is no formal updated announcement from the Department of Immigration regarding an extension to their office closure, based on previous announcements, the office will be closed at least as long as the lockdown is in place. The Department has previously asked all visa holders to remain patient, regardless of their visa status and expiration. The Immigration Department will provide relevant guidance regarding late fees and penalties at an appropriate time. (http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/) 

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 for emergencies 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.

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.   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.  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.

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html

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

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). For more information, please refer to: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/emergencies/what-state-dept-can-cant-do-crisis.html

  • Entry and Exit Requirements:
    • All land ports of entry into Nepal remain closed until further notice.
  • Quarantine Information:
    • Suspected cases already in country will also be quarantined for 14 days.

Updated on May 22, 2020.