CUSTOMIZE A TRIP TO NEPAL

Get Start

What’s tourism like in Nepal during the global COVID-19 pandemic

| |

Being a peak spring tourist season, thousands of mountaineers arrived in Nepal earlier this month to participate in trekking adventures and perhaps visit the world’s highest peak – Mount Everest. If you are one of them, you would already know the about the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic – that has caused travel limitations and urged quarantines around the world.

However, we have amalgamated a few things you need to know as a tourist in Nepal –

The Nationwide Lockdown

An image of closed stores during lock-down

The world is on high alert, borders have been ceased and rigorous measures are being taken to limit the spread of Covid-19. Following the same path, the Nepal Government also initiated a major shutdown in the region. On Monday the 23rd of March 2020 – this nationwide lockdown became even more evident in the country after Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ishwar Pokhrel announced the shutdown.

Related: Five basic things you must know before you visit Nepal

Trekking & Climbing Permits Cancelled

Nepal’s Government has also cancelled all climbing permits from 14 March until 30 April. Reportedly, all issued permits along with the permits those in que and were yet to be issued for the 2020 will be cancelled as well, until further intimation. Although, Nepal’s tourism economy would have extreme affects from this move – the government is taking stern measures for the safety of both tourists as well as residents.

Related: Manaslu Trekking Permit in Nepal

Only Departing Flights

As per some reports, initially the Tribhuvan International Airport under the directives of the Nepalese Government stated that no international flights would regulate. The aim was to halt all modes of commute to and from the country. However, after several tourists urged to get home, the Tribhuvan International Airport have now allowed only few departing flights over the next few days.

Nepali Tourist Visa Status

Another news report said that the issuance of Nepalis Tourist Visas is put on hold. The government has temporarily stopped issuing on-arrival tourist visas. The visa suspension started on March 14 and will be continued until April 30, unless further extended. Aiming to restrict traveler’s movement to and from India via land routes as well, the Visa restriction were put in place.

Helpline

The Policy, Planning and Monitoring Division of the Health Ministry had provided 3 hotlines —9851255837, 9851255834, and 9851255839. The helpline offers information about COVID-19 pandemic to the people in Nepal including tourists. People can also make use of the toll-free helpline 1115, which is provided by the World Health Organization.

Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/mar/19/nepal-tourism-hit-hard-as-global-coronavirus-fears-close-everest

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-51866342

https://telanganatoday.com/nepal-defers-visit-nepal-year-2020-amid-coronavirus-outbreak

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/coronavirus-travel-restrictions-border-shutdowns-country-200318091505922.html

https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/eight-south-australians-trapped-in-nepal-after-coronavirus-flight-restrictions-need-a-way-home/news-story/b0dafc94fe1957fb27df2e3b2c403960

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/2020/03/will-coronavirus-shut-down-everest/

Previous

Why you should visit Nepal once in your lifetime?

Tips for Nepal Travelers – DOs and DONTs

Next
Asmit
Asmit
2020-07-16
Verified
Lifetime Experience We had a super time in Everest Base Camp last year. Trekking to this place was dream for many years which come true with the help CoreTreks and team members.
Lena B
Lena B
2020-03-06
Verified
Higly recommended I did the Langtang Valley trekk with Gosaikunda lakes included. The preparation and communication for that has been great all the time. Nim is an excellent and knowledgeable person. My Trekkingguide was Gorakh and i couldn't have hoped for a better one! I felt like i was in good hands throughout the trekk and he took care of my dietary needs. They also booked my bus ticket to Pokhara and asked the bus driver to pick me up at a place which was closer to my accommodation. Thank you so much Nim!! Next time i will do the Manaslu trekk with you :)
Hidayat Toda
Hidayat Toda
2020-03-04
Verified
Feel exeprience in nepal as a family Core track is a professional tour team and comapny, they treat you as a family, they prepare all the things you need, the team was very nice and warm, and also you will feel as in a family, just go and book with them
Michael S
Michael S
2020-01-19
Verified
Trek to Rara Lake in Nepal with CoreTreks My wife and I had been planning to visit Nepal since like a year ago. We are really happy and satisfied with our trek to Rara Lake in Nepal. The place is really chilling with beautiful scenery all around. Luckily the weather was fantastic and we got a clear view of the mountains and the lake. We are really humbled to be able to experience such a rare privilege. Our guides informed us that the weather is often bad especially because of the altitude. The alpine vegetation surrounded by mountains was really special to observe. I would like to thank CoreTreks for helping us throughout our journey to Rara Lake.
Noo
Noo
2019-12-12
Verified
Great service Beautiful temples and delicious food After touring around the Kathmandu valley, I’m inspired to explore more about Nepal. Unfortunately it will have to be during my next visit. The city is way busier than I expected it to be. As we drove outside the valley, we discovered some peaceful environment and beautiful temples. The Nepali cuisine in Kathmandu was something I would love to try again. They are spicy but delicious. I have to say that the people in Nepal are really friendly and welcoming. Everyone greeted us with love and treated us nicely. There was no fear for a lone traveler like me to get through the tour. Thanks to CoreTreks and the team for making this tour possible for me. I booked last minute but they helped me through everything. I really appreciate it. If you are looking to visit Nepal, I highly recommend that you book from CoreTreks they are the best.
Santivo
Santivo
2019-08-24
Verified
Kathmandu Tour and Memorable Memories After many Yes/No we decided to choose vacation plan for Nepal, then the journey of more confusing start. We start googling the best packages and tours operators in Kathmandu. We luckily found CoreTreks. They are really professional, trustworthy, reliable and responsive for their profession, this team made our Nepal visit absolutely memorable and experience. We strongly recommended anyone will to visit Nepal, can choose CoreTreks and enjoy your vacation.
ASTA
ASTA
2019-08-23
Verified
It deserves more than a 5 STAR for their services sweet words are easy to say, nice things are easy to bye, but good people are difficult to find. life ends when you stop dreaming...travel in Nepal to leave the best memories. thank you for everything coretreks for friendly smile,for the care during the journey. again, i want to go there return. i help all my friends to see Nepal with your help and support. you guys deserve more than a 5 star for excellent services for tours and trekking in Nepal. see you soon again!
Martin L
Martin L
2019-06-24
Verified
satisfied with the service and packages Dec 2018, we had plan to visit Nepal and book the packages with core treks, they guide us the best packages for ABC and we are fully satisfied with the service and packages. Thank you team, keep it up
Pedro R
Pedro R
2019-03-11
Verified
Friendly staff We did some trecking around Katmandu and we had a good time. The guide was friendly and available to support us with anything.
이홍래
이홍래
2019-01-24
Verified
Langtang Trekking 이제 돌아와서 한숨돌리고 적네요. 네팔이란 나라가 처음이고, 한국에서도 등산한번 하지 않았었는데, 갑자기 네팔이 가고 싶었습니다. 네팔에 가면 뭔가 꽉막힌 마음이 뚤릴것 같았고, 복잡한 머리가 정리가 될것 같았습니다. 다행이 CORE TREK 의 Nim을 만나 트레킹을 잘 마무리할 수 있었습니다. 랑탕 출발하기전 호텔 부킹이나 팀스 / 퍼밋 , 환전 및 준비물 구매 등 그리고 이런 일들을 하기위한 이동까지 꼼꼼하게 함께 챙겨 주어서 그나마 잘 준비하여 트레킹을 시작하였습니다. 그리고 트레킹 중간에 대부분이 3G를 사용하지 못해 가족들에게 연락이 되지 않았는데, 다행이 Nim과는 현지 폰으로 연락이 되어, 저 대신 가족들에게 연락도 가능하고, 중간 중간에 문제 있는지등 그리고 복귀 마지막날 뭔가를 잘못먹었는데 아파서 호텔에서만 누워 있었는데, 그래도 타국에 누군가 연락할 수 있다는게 많은 도움이 되더군요. 저는 포터 및 가이드 없이 혼자서 갔다왔고, 트레킹이야 혼자만의 싸움이였지만, 카트만두 출발전 / 복귀후에는 Nim이 많은 도움이 되었네요. 다음에 또 네팔에 오게되면 필히 Nim과 함께 하겠습니다.