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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy, Kathmandu, Nepal
March 29, 2020

(Message Two)

Location:  Nepal Countrywide

Event:  COVID-19 Response

Multiple Nepali media outlets report that the Nepali Cabinet followed the recommendation of the High-Level Committee to extend the lockdown throughout Nepal for one more week and to extend the restrictions on regularly scheduled international air travel through April 15.

Although we received a positive response from a good number of U.S. citizens with a high interest in returning on the repatriation flight on Tuesday, many of you with whom we talked today have decided to remain in Nepal for the time being.  We encourage you to shelter in place and minimize movement outside your homes or hotels.  The Embassy has received reports of U.S. citizens walking and in vehicles being stopped and turned around by Nepali security officials.

For those still outside Kathmandu and having trouble getting to Kathmandu, we continue to coordinate with the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Chief District Officers.  Today we initiated letters of request for travel assistance for U.S. citizens in seven districts across the country.  After completing the online survey form at https://bit.ly/2JcPBhD and reaching out to us at consktm@state.gov, as possible, make your presence known to District Administration Office officials, and make known your desire to return to Kathmandu.  You may wish to contact NTB directly as well.  (https://www.welcomenepal.com/; email: crisiscell@ntb.org.np)

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.