Covid-19 Update and restrictions for Nepal
last updated 08/10/2021
Are tourists allowed to enter Nepal yet? Do I need a vaccine? What restrictions are in place?
The good news is that Nepal is now officially open for tourism once again!
– On-arrival visas are back
– Nepal is considered safe and has been removed from the majority of no-travel lists
– Conditions apply, please read on for full details
Nepal travel restrictions overview
Nepal hasn’t had an easy time with Covid-19 over the past year or so, but today the picture is more optimistic. Infection rates have been declining for some time now and our vaccination program is being rolled out gradually. There is no lockdown in place and life is starting to return to something like normal.
Are tourists allowed back to Nepal?
YES!!!! Tourists have been restricted by changes to entry requirements and quarantine rules since April 2021, but as of 23rd September, the Government of Nepal have announced that on-arrival visas are now open to foreign travellers once again.
Nepal is open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers, although unvaccinated travelers must take a mandatory 10 day quarantine in an official hotel, at their own expense.
Proof of double vaccination (or equivalent) must be shown at immigration and jabs shouldn’t have been completed less that 14 days before entry.
Travelers must also provide proof of a negative PCR coronavirus test taken no more than 72 hours before travel (Gene Expert or True NAAT tests also accepted). Rapid antigen tests may also be required at immigration.
All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, must have travel insurance covering health, crisis or rescue for the duration of the trip, proof of accommodation in Nepal, an International Travel Arrival Form (via https://ccmc.gov.np/) and a Nepalese visa/ recommendation from the tourism board.
Tourist Entry: Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test results required for all countries, taken no more than 72hrs before travel. Rapid antigen tests may also be required at the airport or once you reach your hotel.
Quarantine Required: 10 days for unvaccinated travelers (PCR test required on day 11, at own expense)
Quarantine Details: Government approved hotel must be booked at own expense.
Lockdown in Effect: No lockdown
Events: Partially Allowed
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
Facemasks are still recommended or required at some shops, venues and tourist attractions.
- Ministry of Culture Tourism & Civil Aviation: www.tourism.gov.np or www.moctca.gov.np
- Nepal Tourism Board (NTB): www.welcomenepal.com
- Department of Immigration: www.immigration.gov.np
- Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal: https://caanepal.gov.np/
- For the latest information on COVID-19 vaccination data, you can visit: https://covid19.mohp.gov.np/
Information correct at the time of writing, but please check official sources before making your travel plans.
Usual entry requirements still apply in addition the Covid-19 measures. For more information, please see our Nepal Visa and Arrivals page.