Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID19), many countries have taken steps to address the outbreak. According to World Health Organization (WHO), as of Tuesday (March 3rd, 2020), 91,783 confirmed cases of the virus had been reported in more than 70 countries.
Similarly government of Nepal is also closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19. According to Department of Immigration, the Government of Nepal has decided to temporarily suspend visa-on-arrival for the nationals of 5 countries (China,Japan,Korea,Italy and Iran) that are affected heavily by COVID-19, effective from 10 March, 2020.
More from the Nepal Tourism Board Website below:
“Kathmandu, March 3, 2020
Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) would like to appraise all concerned about the series of measures implemented by the Government of Nepal to reduce imported cases and the community transmission of the COVID19 (Wuhan Coronavirus) in Nepal.
- The Government of Nepal is monitoring the spread of Corona Virus (COVID-19). Taking into account the global recommendations and measure of the WHO, Government of Nepal has decided to temporarily suspend visa-on-arrival for the nationals of the following countries, effective from March 10, 2020 to till the date of further notice:
- People’s Republic of China, including Special Administrative Regions
- Islamic Republic of Iran
- Republic of Korea
However, those wanting to travel to Nepal can obtain visa beforehand from the Nepal Mission abroad. Applicants in these countries are required to submit a recently issued health certificate with the visa application. (Source: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np)
- The Tribhuvan International Airport, which is the only international point of entry by air, has stepped up screening measures using additional thermal scanners, thermal guns, sanitizing spray and an increase in the number of health assistants. (source: Ministry of Health and Population)
- A new provision of announcement has started at the arrival section in TIA for necessary screening for all passengers.
- Travellers experiencing symptoms (discovered through checks or via self declaration) are immediately quarantined and more tests are to be conducted by the Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital, which is equipped with a special unit and trained medical staff. A quarantine facility has also been established and is on standby just on the outskirts of the city of Bhaktapur. (source: Ministry of Health and Population)
- The Health Ministry has requested the public to temporarily suspend all major gatherings in order to reduce the risk of community spread. (source: Ministry of Health and Population)
At the Nepal Tourism Board, the Crisis Response Unit will be posting regular updated advisories on the COVID19 threat on our official website and social media channels.
Official Reference Websites:
Nepal Tourism Board: www.welcomenepal.com
Department of Immigration: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np
Ministry of Health and Population: www.mohp.gov.np
Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Diseases Hospital: www.stidh.gov.np
Health Emergency Operation Center: heoc.mohp.gov.np “
According to travel advisory issued by the Government of Nepal, Nepali nationals are advised to refrain from non-essential travel to countries affected by Covid-19 or in high risk of the virus including China, South Korea, Iran, Japan and Italy.
Travel Advisory issued by Government of Nepal pic.twitter.com/a39ehRTssS
— Krishna H. Pushkar (@khpushkar) March 3, 2020