Nepal (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 25 February, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test results required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Self-quarantine for 14 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 22.02.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
-This does not apply to:
– nationals of Nepal;
– passengers with a Laissez-Passer issued by United Nations;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport traveling on duty;
– passengers with a tourist entry visa;
– foreign nationals of Nepali origin whose passport states Nepal as place of birth;
– relatives of nationals of Nepal.
2. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT – PCR, SARS-CoV2 GeneXpert or Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 5 years.
3. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 5 days.
4. Passengers arriving from South Africa or United Kingdom must have a confirmed hotel reservation for 5 days. The hotel must be listed on .
5. Nationals of Nepal must present a completed “Passengers Locator Card” to the “health desk” upon arrival.
6. Passengers must complete an “International Traveller Form” at before departure and present a printed copy of the form with a barcode at check-in.
7. Suspension of visa on arrival facilities.


Detailed Tourist Information

International flights have now resumed.

All tourists must first apply for a visa from a Nepalese embassy/mission or consulate in their home countries before travelling.

Negative results from a PCR test obtained within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin are required for entry.

All tourists must have travel insurance that includes $5000 worth of coverage for COVID-19.

Procedures at the international airport at this time consist of temperature checks and a spray disinfecting area.

If you are travelling in Nepal then the government has advised that you carry proof of your negative PCR test and proof of (at least) seven days accommodation with you at all times.

The Government of Nepal has lifted its restriction on the entry of passengers originating from the UK.

Lockdown Details

The Government of Nepal has announced that from 17 September hotels in the Kathmandu valley are permitted to re-open. Local administrations in other districts are free to adapt a different model, and more restrictive lockdowns are in place in other parts of the country still.

public spaces and services are now open in the Kathmandu valley. Shops and services will only serve customers wearing some form of face mask. Shop openings may vary by location, as local administrations in other districts are free to adapt a different model, and more restrictive lockdowns are still in place in other parts of the country
people are required to maintain social distancing and wear masks in public, and there is a ban on large gatherings.
entertainment centres such as cinema halls and dance bars, health clubs and swimming clubs, salons, beauty parlours, spas, libraries, zoos, and museums remain closed until further notice
There have been reports of some incidents in parts of Nepal of foreign tourists being threatened or intimidated by locals, allegedly in relation to coronavirus. Such incidents are rare. If you experience such problems, return immediately to your accommodation (if safe), or to the local law enforcement agencies (phone 100), or contact the British Embassy at +977 (0)1 423 7100.

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