Health Alert – U.S. Embassy, Kathmandu, Nepal

Location:  Nepal Countrywide

Event:  COVID-19 Response

First of all, the Embassy would like to thank U.S. citizens trying to return to the U.S. for their patience while we work on several fronts to set up travel opportunities for U.S. citizens.  One of the challenges has been that many U.S. citizens are outside Kathmandu in several locations, and under the conditions of the lockdown, there is a significant amount of coordination and approval that is required to allow for their movements back to Kathmandu.  These include setting up transportation options for U.S. citizens to travel to Kathmandu from Pokhara, Lukla, Jomsom, and from districts in the southeast such as Jhapa, Morang, and Sunsari to the western district of Bardiya.  So far, we have received permission for U.S. citizens to return on two flights from Lukla, for a group to return from Pokhara, and we will continue to work on options from Jomsom and other locations.  We are also conscious that each day U.S. citizens who are trekking will continue to reach locations from which they will need transport to Kathmandu.

We also want to thank everyone who completed the online form to provide your information for us.  It has been extremely helpful.  However, we do understand that there may have been some misunderstanding about who we were hoping to hear from, and who may not have needed to complete the form.  It has been most important to hear from those who are certain that they want to be included on an evacuation flight out of the country from Kathmandu.  We have used this information in our work with Washington to illustrate the need for flights from Nepal.  It has not been as critical for those of you who have no intention of departing Nepal at this time to complete the form.  For those who still have not filled out the online form, but who want to be considered for an evacuation flight departing Nepal, please click on the link below.  The previous link was rather unwieldy, so we have shortened it.

https://bit.ly/2JcPBhD

Again, arrangements such as these take time, as there are many moving parts, so we ask for patience and that all shelter in place until we have further information about approved travel options.

Actions to Take:

  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website for travel restrictions to the U.S.
  • Consult the CDC website, for the most up-to-date information regarding enhanced screening procedures.
  • Consult the Government of Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population website for the latest updates on the health situation in Nepal.
  • Consult the Government of Nepal’s Immigration Department website for the latest updates about immigration restrictions in Nepal.
  • Consult the U.S. Embassy website for updates on Nepal-specific COVID-19 information, entry to and exit from Nepal, quarantine information, and for other local resource contact information.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

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