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Nepal Government's Notice regarding travel restriction to Coronavirus (Covid-19) | Reviews Nepal

13th March 2020
"The government has decided to close all borders touching India and China for a week."

22nd March update

The government has decided to close all borders touching India and China for a week.
The cabinet meeting held on Sunday decided to close the border. According to a minister, the border will be closed for one week from 10 am tomorrow. (23rd March 2020)

The government has postponed international flights within Nepal from Chaitra 9 to 18 (March 22 to 31).
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said that the international airline to enter Nepal will be postponed from Chaitra 9 to 18 (March 22 to 31).

Likewise, the government has arranged compulsory health check-ups for those coming from the border.

All types of long-distance passenger vehicles operating throughout Nepal have been banned from Chaitra 10 (March 23) until further notice.

All services except the essential services, as provided in the Nepal Gazette, to be provided by the public, community and private service providers across the country, federal, state and local level, have been discontinued till Chaitra 21st (3rd April).

Considering the declaration of World Health Organization regarding the scale of COVID-19 (Corona Virus) spread as a global pandemic, following recommendations and countermeasures to be taken by the countries to cope with the pandemic and assimilating the International Health Regulation (IHR) 2005, Protocols and Prescriptions; Government of Nepal has decided to enforce the following decisions, directions, and precautionary measures in supplantation of all the earlier notices issued on this subject. The provision enlisted in this notice will come into effect from twelve hours midnight (Nepal Standard Time) on 14th March 2020 till 30th April 2020.

- Visa-on-arrival for all foreigners has been suspended for aforementioned period.

- All foreigners with a prior valid visa of Nepal have to submit a swab test PCR health certificate issued a maximum 7 days before their arrival date to Nepal and must be submitted at the immigration office Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).

- Any foreign nationals including NRNs willing to visit Nepal for compelling reasons may contact to Nepali diplomatic missions abroad. A recent swab test PCR health certificate issued a maximum 7 days before their arrival to Nepal is mandatory along with visa application and it has to be submitted at the immigration office TIA.

- On-arrival-visa (Gratis) facility granted to Non-Resident Nepalese card holders is also suspended for the aforementioned period.

- All foreign nationals entering Nepal since 14th March 2020 are subjected to stay in Self Quarantine and Nepali nationals including NRNs are subjected to stay in Home Quarantine for 14 days from the date of their arrival.

- Foreigners with diplomatic and official visa entering Nepal for the first time or travelling back to Nepal are subjected to stay in Self Quarantine for 14 days.

- Foreigners with Business, Study and working visa entering Nepal are subjected to stay in Self Quarantine for 14 days.

- All Nepali nationals residing abroad are requested to avoid non-essential travel and are urged to follow high precautionary measures.

- All the land ports of entry in Nepal remain closed for arrival in Nepal during the aforementioned period to all the foreigners from third countries and are requested to use Tribhuvan International Airport only.

- All the permits for mountaineering expeditions issued, and to be issued for spring 2020 season are suspended.

- The diplomatic missions of Nepal representing abroad and foreign missions in Nepal are requested to acknowledge and circulate this notice accordingly. The international airlines operators bound to Nepal, travel and tour operators are also requested to follow the aforementioned decisions, directions, and relevant circulars of Government of Nepal.

Note: The diplomatic missions of Nepal abroad and the foreign missions in Nepal will be notified in purview of this notice shortly through Department of Consular Services.

Source: Department of Immigration

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