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Do You Need to Get vaccinated to Travel to Nepal?

Written by Roshan Bhattarai · 5 min read >

If you are staying abroad and planning to get home then you should know about the COVID-19 vaccination policy for international travelers. Likewise, if you are planning to visit Nepal as a tourist, you may need to follow health regulations due to COVID-19. Now, let’s see do I need to get vaccinated to travel to Nepal?

We cannot forget the year 2020 for the COVID-19 pandemic, the world suffered through. Lockdown, social distancing, masks, sanitizer are the most used words we hear everywhere. Many people bore the loss of their loved ones and many recovered from severe condiitons. Thankfully, for now, scientists have created COVID-19 vaccines to prevent the spread of the disease. So, many international are now open following conditions that the travelers need to get vaccinated.

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As we know, vaccination campaigns are going on in many countries. In Nepal too, the Nepal government is running a vaccination campaign. Mostly, the COVID-19 vaccines available in Nepal are Vero Cell, AstraZeneca, JNJ, Pfizer, Sputnik, Moderna, and Covi-Shield. There are some side effects of these vaccines too. However, getting vaccinated is important to stay safe.

With the aim of minimizing the Coronavirus cases, many countries in the world have made it mandatory to get vaccinated before they travel. Moreover, in Nepal too, the Nepal government has issued a Travel Management Order for the travelers arriving and departing from Nepal. This calls for strict health regulations for international travelers.

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Do I need to get Vaccinated to Travel to Nepal?

Yes, you need to get vaccinated to travel to Nepal. Vaccines have been seen as helpful to minimize the risk of several health conditions. In addition, vaccines are also seen as effective in reducing the transmission rate all over the world. Thus, the world is prioritizing the COVID-19 vaccine to the top level.

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The government of Nepal has issued Travel Management Orders, on 22 September 2021. To minimize the spreading of coronavirus at the public level, these protocols are put in order. These protocols are for all the travelers arriving and departing from Nepal.

Now, let’s know all the conditions you need to fulfill before you travel to or travel from Nepal.

Conditions for the Travelers Arriving and Departing from Nepal

All foreigners arriving in Nepal via the Immigration Office at the Tribhuvan International Airport or land border should submit the following documents. Along with this, the visa-related documents for on-arrival-visa at the entry/ exit point are also required:

Evidence of completion of 14 days of full vaccination against COVID-19
COVID-19 Negative Report (RT-PCR, Gene Expert, True NAAT or WHO accredited test) obtained within 72 hours of the departure from the first port of embarkation or within 72 hours, if entering Nepal by land.
Copy of mountaineering or trekking permits or other related permits if any
Proof of hotel reservation in Nepal
Print copy of International Traveler Online Arrival Form obtained online registration at  www.ccmc.gov.np

Foreigners without Complete Vaccination against COVID-19

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Those foreigners without complete vaccination against COVID-19, must obtain the visa from the Nepalese Diplomatic Missions Abroad. And, they are allowed to enter Nepal only through agencies. Such foreigners should submit the documents like:

Covid-19 negative report (RT-PCR, Gene Expert, True NAAT or WHO accredited test) obtained within 72 hours of the departure from the first port of embarkation or within 72 hours, if entering Nepal by land
Copy of mountaineering/trekking permits or other related permits if any
Proof of hotel reservation in Nepal
Print copy of  International Traveler Online Arrival  Form obtained online registration at  www.ccmc.gov.np

Moreover, foreigners are subject to 10 days hotel quarantine at their own cost. And they can work as per the purpose of their visit only if tested negative on the 11th day.

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Non Resident Nepali Travelling to Nepal

Nonresident Nepali originally from Nepal or their family members or foreigners married to Nepali citizens who are traveling to Nepal, should submit visa-related documents for an on-arrival visa. Moreover, NRN Nepali also should show the following documents.

Covid-19 negative report (RT-PCR, Gene Expert, True NAAT or WHO accredited test) obtained within 72 hours of the departure  from the first port of embarkation or within 72 hours, if entering Nepal by land.”
Print copy of International Traveler Online Arrival Form obtained online registration at www.ccmc.gov.np

In case of emergency:

However, those arriving in Nepal in the case of the emergency enlisted below can move towards the destination only if tested Antigen-Negative. Else, they are subject to isolation following the health protocols:

Travelers arriving with the recommendation letter of the local level to attend the funeral of their relative according to the religion, custom, and tradition
Chronic patients, disabled, and the persons accompanying them with the medical documents and recommendation letter of local level
Senior citizens above 75 years and their caregivers, minors under 5 years, and their parents with the recommendation of the local level
Those arriving in Nepal with medical documents and recommendations of the local level to look after their relative admitted in ICU or ventilator

Indian Nationals Arriving in Nepal through Land Border

Do You Need to Get vaccinated to Travel to Nepal?
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Indian nationals arriving in Nepal through entry/exit points on the land border should submit the following documents to ensure arrival permission.

Covid-19 negative report (RT-PCR, Gene Expert, True NAAT or WHO accredited test) obtained within 72 hours of the departure from the first port of embarkation or within 72 hours, if entering Nepal  by land
Print copy of International Traveler Online Arrival Form obtained online registration at www.ccmc.gov.np

Officials, Employees, and Their Relatives Working in Foreign Diplomatic Missions and International Organizations in Nepal

Officials, employees, and their relatives working in foreign diplomatic missions and international organizations in Nepal should submit the visa-related documents to obtain a visa-on-arrival at the entry/exit points. Moreover, they also need to submit the following documents.

Evidence of completion of 14 days of full vaccination against COVID-19
Covid-19 negative report (RT-PCR, Gene Expert, True NAAT or WHO accredited test) obtained within 72 hours of the departure from the first port of embarkation or within 72 hours, if entering Nepal  by land
Print copy of International Traveler Online Arrival Form obtained online registration at www.ccmc.gov.np


However, those without complete vaccination against COVID-19 must obtain a visa from the Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad. Moreover, they are subject to 10 days mandatory quarantine at the specified residence, recommended by their respective mission.

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Conditions That Traveler Arriving and Departure from Nepal Should Follow

Do You Need to Get vaccinated to Travel to Nepal?
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Here below are other conditions a traveler need to fulfill if he/ she is traveling to Nepal:

1. All passengers arriving in Nepal via the Immigration office at the airport or land border are allowed to enter and work as per the purpose of their visit if tested antigen negative at the immigration point. Else, they are subject to mandatory isolation or hospitalization. In case of unavailability of antigen test at the immigration point, such passengers are allowed to leave the hotel only if tested COVID-19 negative.

2. No vaccination or testing is required for minors under 5 years. Moreover, Vaccinations are not mandatory for Children between 5-18 years. But they are subject to follow the other procedures as adults.

3. Foreigners are allowed to transit Nepal from the airport itself. Those foreigners residing in Nepal and willing to travel the third country from Nepal or all foreigners departing from Nepal should submit a Covid-19 negative report (RT-PCR, Gene Expert, True NAAT, or WHO accredited test) obtained within 48 hours prior to their departure or COVID-19 test as specified by their destination country. And a print copy of the International Online Departure Form obtained after the online registration at www.ccmc.gov.np.

5. Nationals from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan & Syria, and foreigners holding temporary travel documents and emergency passports must obtain visas from the Nepali Missions Abroad

These are all the Covid and health protocols, travelers need to follow before arriving and departing from Nepal.

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