May 12, 2021
Location: Nepal Countrywide
Event: Travel Advisory Elevation to Level Four – Do Not Travel; COVID-19 Response
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Nepal due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. Subsequently, on May 10, the State Department elevated the Travel Advisory for Nepal to Level 4 – Do Not Travel. For further information, please visit the State Department travel webpage for Nepal: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Nepal.html.
Currently, regularly scheduled commercial flights departing Nepal are not available. On May 11, the Government of Nepal (GoN) extended the flight suspension through the night of May 31. The U.S. Embassy has requested that the GoN permit the operation of charter flights by airlines providing service to the United States. We are awaiting word of GoN approval for the operation of such flights.
If you have not done so already, U.S. citizens who wish to depart Nepal should register their interest with the Embassy by completing the following online form found at: https://bit.ly/3eUPFC0
If charter flights receive approval to operate, the Embassy will send out information about how one can proceed to book a seat on one of the flights and purchase a charter flight ticket. Please note that pre-existing return tickets for regularly scheduled flights will likely not be valid for travel on charter flights. Charter flights will likely require newly purchased tickets specific to that flight. Please also remember that travelers utilizing charter flights will be required to obtain any necessary PCR tests in order to fly; testing will be at their own time and expense.
The U.S. Embassy will remain closed for routine U.S. citizen services and for all visa services for the duration of the lockdown. On May 11 the lockdown was extended in the Kathmandu valley until the night of May 27. In the event of an immediate need for service or an emergency, please email email@example.com to request an emergency appointment. The Embassy will reopen U.S. citizen services appointments after the lockdown is lifted.
Actions to Take:
- Enroll in the Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates.
- 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 at https://heoc.mohp.gov.np/recent_alert/update-on-novel-corona-virus-2019_ncov/ for the latest updates on the health situation in Nepal.
- Consult the Government of Nepal’s Immigration Department website at http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/ for the latest updates about immigration restrictions in Nepal.
- Consult the U.S. Embassy website at https://np.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ for updates on Nepal-specific COVID-19 information, entry to and exit from Nepal, quarantine information, and for other local resource contact information.
- Always wear your mask and practice social distancing.
- U.S. Embassy Kathmandu, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal
Telephone: +(977)(1) 423-4000 or 400-7200
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(977)(1) 400-7266,400-7269
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