• Updated on Sep 30, 2022

Almost for the last two years, the world we live in was chained in such a way that we were stuck in a particular location with strict restrictions from the government due to the global pandemic called Covid-19. And travelers and adventure lovers were not allowed to cross borders or were not granted visas to their destination country, and Nepal was never an exception. Nepal too closed its border for foreign nationals for a long time and later provide visas for foreigners but with strict quarantine provisions.

 

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Now all this became history, the government of Nepal on the 23rd of September, 2021 lifted its restriction on foreign travelers and has started to open its Ports of Entry for all foreign nationals in a similar way which it has been doing prior to the global pandemic Covid-19. Now, all foreign nationals can enter Nepal without any restrictions and will not have to be quarantined in a hotel, and will be able to receive On-Arrival Visa at the port of entry if they provide the following proof regarding their safety measurement related to Covid-19:

Conditions for Foreign Nationals Visiting Nepal (For On-Arrival Visa)

  1. The Government of Nepal will grant on-arrival visas at the ports of entry to any foreign nationals if they have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Such foreign nationals upon arrival at the port of entry point must provide the following documents other than their passport: 
  • A proof of Covid-19 vaccination documents stating that the individual has been vaccinated 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in Nepal.
  • Proof of Negative PCR report, which must be 72 hours prior to their scheduled flight time.
  • A proof of required permit for trekking and peak climbing (this is only required for foreign nationals whose purpose of visit in Nepal is for trekking and/or climbing in the conservation areas, this will be arranged by your travel agency in Nepal)
  • A proof of hotel reservation in Nepal (your travel agency in Nepal will assist this if your hotel has been booked by the agency) and
  • A printed copy of the International Traveler Online Arrival Form (this can be downloaded from www.ccmc.gov.np which is the official government website of Nepal)

If travelers visiting Nepal provide the 5 aforementioned proof, they will receive On-Arrival Visa at the Port of Entry in Nepal and the health desk at the port of entry will conduct their Antigen Test of Covid-19 which will be free of cost. This will help travelers to start their trekking or tour in Nepal from the day of their arrival which will save their time and money as well, making their stay short and affordable without being Quarantined in a hotel.

Conditions for Foreign Nationals visiting Nepal (For Visa through Diplomatic Mission in their respective Country)

Now, foreign nationals who want to acquire their visa to Nepal from the Diplomatic Mission (Embassy/Consulate) of the Nepal Government in their own country need to prove the following documents to apply for the visa from their homeland.

  • A proof of Covid-19 vaccination document stating that the individual has been vaccinated 14 days prior to the day of their Visa application in the Diplomatic Mission.
  • A proof of required permit for trekking and peak climbing (this is only required for foreign nationals whose purpose of visit in Nepal is for trekking and/or climbing in the conservation areas, this will be arranged by your travel agency in Nepal)
  • A proof of hotel reservation in Nepal (your travel agency in Nepal will assist this if your hotel has been booked by the agency) and

These documents must be provided as proof along with a Passport while visiting the Diplomatic Mission of the Nepal Government in their respective country.

Apart from the 3 aforementioned documents, foreign nationals will be granted visas for Nepal but on the day of their arrival at the port of entry in Nepal they have to provide 2 documents which are as follows:

  • Proof of Negative PCR report, which must be 72 hours prior to their scheduled flight time.
  • A printed copy of the International Traveler Online Arrival Form (this can be downloaded from www.ccmc.gov.np which is the official government website of Nepal) 

 

NOTE: Considering the hazard of the new variant of COVID-19 (OMICRON) which has been found in African countries and spreading to other European and Asian countries. The Government of Nepal on the 29th of November, 2021 has added some extra provisions for the travelers visiting Nepal. 

Travelers arriving in Nepal from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi, and Hong Kong as their first port of entry or transits point or with a travel history of the above-mentioned nations will be deprived to enter Nepal and will not be allocated with any form of visa which also includes On-Arrival Visa.

But if the above-mentioned nationals or foreign nationals have a past travel history of leaving those countries for at least 21 days (Three-Week) prior to their arrival in Nepal will be allowed with all forms of visa including an On-Arrival Visa.     

This will come into effect from the 2nd of December, 2021, and remains the same until further notice by the Government of Nepal.    

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Kumar Lamsal

Kumar Lamsal

Kumar is one of the Co-founders and Managing directors of Discover Altitude holding 18 years of experience in the tourism sector of Nepal. He has trekked to almost all the popular regions of Nepal and is an authorized trekking and tour guide.

Started his career as a porter to support his study, now holds MPhil and LLB degree, and is doing his Ph.D. in religious studies. He loves traveling to the Himalayas and has deep knowledge about religion, culture, and history.

Kumar is also involved in the teaching sector as a part-timer to deliver his research related to the cultural and religious diversity of Nepal and is the one who mostly answers your queries giving them his personal touch through his decade-long experience.