Travelling outside from Nepal, make sure you read this all!

Disclaimer: This information is NOT an official governmental announcement rather is shared on the basis of our experience!

On Dec 7th 2021, one of our friends was travelling to the UK from Nepal, so we thought it might be useful to anyone travelling to the UK and may any other countries abroad! However, please note that these protocols, and requirements might change anytime. So please follow the respective official sites for concrete information.

During this COVID-19 pandemic, travelling abroad has lot more requirements than ever and every country has its own rules, regulations to be followed. If you are travelling to the UK from Nepal then here’s what you need to do (this is on our experience travelling to the UK on Permanent resident status):

BEFORE 24-48 Hours

  • PCR TEST IN NEPAL : It’s mandatory to get a PCR test if you are travelling outside Nepal via airways as you will need to show the PCR document (Certificate at the airport).Travel abroad from England : “People aged 12 years and over must COVID-19 test before they travel to England from abroad.”
  • BOOK A PCR TEST IN THE UK : You must book and pay for a COVID-19 PCR test before you fly to the UK. Depending which vaccine you have taken you might have to take PCR test on 2 days only or 2 and 8 days (i.e. twice).
  • FILL UP THE PASSENGER LOCATOR FORM: You must fill up the passenger locator form before flying to the UK. This can only be filled before 48 hours. Here is the link to fill up the passenger locator form.
  • Is vaccination from Nepal validated? It really depends which vaccine you have taken in Nepal for instance Janssen (single dose vaccine), AstraZeneca Covishield (our friend had taken Covishield). But sadly we couldn’t get much information on Verocel. The vaccine certificate (online) is enough. Click here to see the approved COVID-19 vaccinesAdvantage of approved vaccine is basically the quarantine days. While it’s mandatory to stay 2 days quarantine (and additional days before the PCR results are out in the UK) for those whose vaccines are not approved need to stay on quarantine and again take another PCR test on the 8th day. (More info on travelling to England : click here)




When at the Nepal airport:

  1.  When we were at the airport, the TIA was under construction, that’s why going towards the departure section with cabs or private cars weren’t possible. We are asked to drop  at the point before moving to the departure section (this means you’ll have to carry your luggage) Or you can use this parking or this – both means you’ll have to walk to the departure.At the airport
  2.  PCR test: Make sure you have the PCR report (not on your mobile devices rather a hardcopy). WHY because there is a PCR verification desk where you will need to show the PCR report (copy or original) and the concerned authorities will stamp it and verify. They might also check the QR code.PCR Verification Desk
  3. That’s about it ! After getting stamped then go to the respective departure gates, show your passport and ticket or e-ticket and you are ready to fly.

 

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Bahrain’s prince arrives in Nepal for an expedition

An eighteen-member Expedition team, including a member of the royal family of the Kingdom of Bahrain, arrived in Kathmandu on Wednesday to climb Mt Lobuche and Mt Manaslu.

The Bahrain military expedition from the Royal Guard is commanded by Bahrain’s prince Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

The team includes fifteen Bahraini nationals working in Royal Guard Defense Force and three Britons, according to a press release issued by Nepal Embassy in Manama.

They landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport on a special aircraft from Shaikh Isa Air Base.

Earlier, Nepal’s Ambassador to Bahrain Padam Sundas and officials at the Nepal embassy bid farewell to the expedition team in Manama.

On the occasion, Ambassador Sundas expressed hope that the expedition will help enhancing bilateral ties between Nepal and Bahrain.

Bahrain’s Sheikh Nasser will donate ‘food supplies including rice’ to the Sherpas and their families who have lost their livelihood because of the lockdown enforced to curb the spread of coronavirus. The expedition is being handled in Nepal by Seven Summit Treks.

Lock down Extended




Source: Republica.com

COVID-19 lockdown extended until June 14; flights suspended till June 30

The Cabinet meeting held on Saturday has decided to extend the COVID-19 lockdown until June 14 in the wake of increasing number of infections in the country.

Furthermore, it has also been learnt that the Nepali Army will be mobilised in highly affected and required areas to effectively implement the lockdown.

A meeting of the national security council had taken place prior to the meeting of the council of ministers.

The prior imposed nationwide lockdown, decreed to curtail the potential spread of of the COVID-19 contagion, was to mature on June 2.

Furthermore, all domestic and international flights have been suspended till June 30.




Source: thehimalayantimes.com

Lockdown extended till June 2

A meeting of the Council of Ministers held today has decided to extend the lockdown further till June 2. The current term of the restriction measure imposed to curb the spread of coronavorus transmission was maturing on May 18.

A meeting of the High-Level Coordination Committee for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 held earlier under the convenorship of Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokharel had recommended extension of the lockdown beyond May 18 to the government.

The novel coronavirus infection has so far claimed lives of two people in Nepal while close to three hundred people have been infected.




Source: thehimalayantimes.com

Government extends lockdown until May 18

“Today’s Cabinet meeting took the decision to continue the lockdown in view of the rising number of coronavirus cases in the country,” said Padma Aryal, minister for land management, cooperatives, and poverty alleviation.

Nepal has been on lockdown since March 24 to contain the spread of the virus.

On April 26, the government had extended the lockdown, the third time, until May 7.

When the government first announced the lockdown, Nepal had reported just two Covid-19 cases. But this week alone, 23 new cases have been reported, with the national tally reaching 82. There have been no deaths.

Wednesday’s Cabinet decision to extend the lockdown is in line with the recommendation of the high-level committee for the prevention and control of Covid-19.

Concerns, however, have been growing if extending the lockdown is the only solution, with experts warning of the economy being hit hard if the government does not plan gradual relaxation of restrictions in some sectors like industries and agriculture

Critics say the government failed to utilize the lockdown over the last six weeks to step up measures to trace and treat and find ways to gradually lift the lockdown.

The government seems to be waiting for India’s response and is following suit, without considering its own ground reality into consideration.

A day after Nepal went on lockdown, India declared its lockdown on March 25. On Friday, the Indian government extended the lockdown for another two weeks after May 4, allowing ‘considerable relaxations’ in lower-risk districts that are marked as green and orange zones.

Discussions to mark districts as red, yellow and green zones had been going on tentatively in Nepal too, but the high-level committee for the prevention and control of Covid-19 during its Tuesday’s meeting dropped the idea, saying it’s not feasible.

“Since the concept of different zones isn’t appropriate for a small country like ours, today’s meeting discussed the idea but dropped it for now,” Narayan Bidari, member-secretary of the committee, told the Post on Tuesday evening.

The committee on Tuesday then decided to recommend the government continuation of the lockdown while putting no restrictions on essential services and gradually easing the lockdown in the industrial and agricultural sectors.




Source: The Kathmandu Post

Nepal govt extends nationwide lockdown till May 7

Nepal’s flag projected on Matterhorn (Switzerland’s mountain)

And here’s the original message from zermatt “Nepal is not only the country with friendly people, but also the country with the highest mountains in the world. Therefore, Zermatt as a mountain village feels particularly connected. In addition, Air Zermatt and the Mountain Rescue Station Zermatt have been providing successful support in the field of mountain rescue and care for the local population for years. We send a strong sign of our solidarity.”

Source: Zermatt

Notice Regarding Temporary Shutdown of Visa Services

The Government of Nepal (GON) decided on 14th April 2020 to extend the ongoing lock down period and suspend all the front door services till 27th April 2020 to control the COVID-19 outbreak in Nepal. The Department of Immigration also suspends all its visa services till the aforementioned period, and requests all the foreigners in Nepal to remain patient regardless of their visa term. The visas will be regulated later as per the prior notice of Department of Immigration dated 8th April, 2020.




Source: http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/post/notice-regarding-temporaty-shutdown-of-visa-services-16th-april-2020

Lockdown extended by 12 more days until April 27

The sudden rise of Covid-19 cases in the country has prompted the government to extend the lockdown, according to a Cabinet minister.

The government has decided to extend the ongoing nationwide lockdown until April 27.

A Cabinet meeting on Tuesday decided on the extension to stem the spread of the coronavirus, which has so far infected 16 people in Nepal, including three Indians.

The sudden rise of Covid-19 cases in the country has prompted the government to extend the lockdown for a further 12 days, a minister told the Post.

This is the third extension to the lockdown since it was first implemented on March 24.

Two people from the Valley tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, a day after two others—a woman from Kailali and a man from Rautahat—were confirmed to have been infected. The Health Ministry confirmed three cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, a week after as many cases were reported in Kailali and Kanchanpur, including one case of local transmission. Earlier, infections had been reported from Kathmandu, Kanchanpur, Kailali and Baglung.

According to the minister, the Cabinet meeting also decided to continue with the prohibition on all international flights and the border closure until May 1.

The Nepal government decision to extend the lockdown came hours after India’s decision to extend its lockdown until May 3.

With rapid diagnostic tests launched across the country, more cases are expected to emerge and government officials said that the lockdown is the only way to contain the spread of the disease at this point in time.




Source: The Kathmandu Post

Government extends nationwide lockdown until April 15

The government has decided to extend the ongoing nationwide lockdown until April 15 to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

“Today’s Cabinet meeting decided to extend the lockdown until April 15 midnight as Covid-19 cases have been reported even after 14 days,” Minister for Energy Barsaman Pun told the Post.

According to him, today’s meeting has also decided to increase the existing 14-day quarantine period to 21 days.

“Those completing 14-day long quarantine should stay in isolation for a week at their homes now,” said Pun

The government decisions on lockdown and quarantine period extension follow three more Covid-19 cases in Kanchanpur and Kailali on Saturday, including on local transmission which led Nepal to the stage two of the pandemic.

The ongoing lockdown was first enforced from March 24 for a week, but it was later extended by a week until April 7 midnight.




Source: The Kathmandu Post