The government of Nepal has lifted the temporary ban on issuing visa-on-arrival services for international travelers visiting the country. The good news is that the mandatory quarantine has also been relaxed.
Traveling is supposed to be one of the most entertaining modes to explore new destinations, meet strangers and become friends within a short span. However, the greatest pandemic of the 21st century, COVID-19 had impacts on almost all industries including tourism, one of the world’s greatest markets. Now, with the sharp decline in COVID-19 cases, the world has gradually started opening up and Nepal has decided to participate in this revival.
Finally, the government of Nepal has lifted the temporary ban on issuing visa-on-arrival services for international travelers visiting the country. The good news is that obligatory quarantine has also been relaxed.
Traveling is supposed to be one of the most entertaining ways to explore new destinations, meet strangers, and make friends in a short amount of time. However, COVID-19 impacted almost every industry, including tourism, one of the largest markets in the world. Now, with the sharp decline in COVID-19 cases, the world has gradually started to open up and Nepal has decided to participate in this resurgence.
Visitors will be granted tourist visas upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu after certain health criteria are met.
Initially, when the first lockdown was lifted, foreigners were allowed to come to Nepal. For this, they had to get visas from the Nepal Embassy or consulate located in their country. But in a short time, the virus spread, and the government of Nepal again banned international flights as well as all international travelers.
Quarantine not required to enter Nepal
Nepal is issuing arrival visas to foreign travelers. And the best part is, as long as you are fully vaccinated and have a negative PCR, performed 72 hours before boarding the plane, you do not need to go for isolation and remain in quarantine.
With the new rules in place, hopes for a resurgence in tourism have been regained. The Nepalese government, with various applicable health protocols, has rejected quarantine requirements in an attempt to bring the virus-stricken tourism industry back to life after a short period of hibernation.
Requirements for on-arrival visa to Nepal
- All international travelers should provide a document to prove that they have been vaccinated fully at least 14 days before leaving their home country.
- Travelers should also provide a negative PCR test report, which is not older than 72 hours of checking-in the flight.
- All foreign tourists need to undergo mandatory antigen or Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) at immigration entry points.
- A copy of the legal permission issued by government authorities (in case travelers are entering Nepal for mountaineering, trekking or other similar activities).
- A copy of their hotel booking in Nepal.
- A printed document of International Traveler Online Arrival Form will also be required from the travelers. This form is available on the government website.
- Travelers who are not vaccinated or partially vaccinated will not get on-arrival visas unless they get their entry permits from Nepali diplomatic missions. Also, they have to spend 10 days in quarantine in government designated hotels at their own expenses.
As countries around the world gradually lift travel restrictions and tourism sector resumes at a slow pace, health is one thing that comes under priority. Likewise, health protocols that will protect travelers, workers as well as communities must firmly be in place. Transformation of tourism industry is only possible through individual contribution as well as collective action and international cooperation.
Now that Nepal is welcoming international visitors, we look forward to an effortless step of sustaining livelihoods that depend solely on tourism. We are hopeful to fall back on track and get back the jobs of hundreds of thousands of people who are now out of work, who have no income and who are already poverty-stricken.