update urgent notice regarding travel restriction in nepal because of coronavirus

According to the recent report, Nepal is among the list of the least affected country. Nepal has only 1 confirmed case till now. It was found in one Nepalese student who returned to Nepal from Wuhan China, but he has been already recovered. Ministery of Health and Population announced that the first case of COVID-19 was detected in Nepal on January 23.

In addition on Feb 16, 175 Nepali students were evacuated from China and they were Kept for observation at the quarantine zone in Kharipati, Bhaktapur. After observing them for 14 days they were sent back to their home after the negative test result of coronavirus. Further in March 2, 4 more people were suspected for the COVIT-19 virus but the test result seemed to be negative.

Thus up to now, there is just the single confirmed case and which has already recovered. Also, the Nepal government is playing an active role to prevent its spread in Nepal. With the notice of the World Health Organization, Nepal Government has established a  health desk at Tribhuwan International Airport in order to closely monitor the widely spread virus. Further, Rasuwa District Administration also established a health center in Rasuwagdhi, Nepal-China border to properly monitor the people entering from China.

At the end 13 march Nepal government decided that all tourist visas on arrival is suspended from 14 th March to 30 th March 2020.

The Nepal government, late Thursday night, decided to temporarily stop issuing on-arrival tourist visas to all countries and has put an end to all spring mountaineering expeditions, including Everest ascents.

decision comes a day after the World Health Organization declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic and urged countries to take precautionary measures.

“The visa suspension, which excludes diplomatic and official visas, will come into effect on March 14 and last until April 30,” a government official told the Post on condition of anonymity.

A high-level coordination committee led by Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwar Pokhrel took the decision to this effect on Thursday.

The meeting also decided to restrict traveler movement to and from India via land routes and adhere to strict quarantine measures at the border. No decision has been made to close down schools and colleges.

“In case of emergency, any foreigners wishing to come to Nepal will need to submit a medical certificate declaring that they are free of the coronavirus while applying at Nepal’s consulate in their respective countries,” the official said. “The government has also decided not to issue visas for tourists entering Nepal via land routes.”

According to the official, all spring expeditions, including Everest, have been canceled.


Sources (Kathmandu post)