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Nepal COVID-19: Extension of Government ‘Lockdown’

The government has suspended regular international and domestic flights until 2359 hours on May 15, 2020.
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Nepal COVID-19: Extension of Government ‘Lockdown’

The Government of Nepal announced on April 26 an extension to the nationwide lockdown until 2359 hours on May 7, 2020. Per the lockdown order all residents and visitors throughout Nepal are required to remain in their place of residence.

All movement on the roads, by vehicle and on foot, is currently prohibited with very limited life safety exceptions. U.S. citizens are advised to shelter in place during this period.

The government has suspended regular international and domestic flights until 2359 hours on May 15, 2020. If the Embassy becomes aware of flight availability, such information will be posted on this webpage.

Additional information may be available through the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal at caanepal.gov.np/.

Tribhuvan International Airport

Nepal Immigration Suspension of Services: On April 16, the Immigration Department of Nepal announced that it would extend the suspension of all immigration services through April 27. The Department asked all visa holders to remain patient, regardless of their visa status and expiration.

According to earlier announcements, travelers with visas valid through March 21 and who depart Nepal within the lockdown period or within seven days of the resumption of commercial air service would be exempt from late fees and penalties.

Travelers continuing their stay in Nepal would not be considered out of status, as long as

1) their visa was valid at least through March 21, and

2) they make contact with Immigration no later than seven days following the resumption of regular immigration services.

Embassy Services: Throughout the period of the lockdown, the consular section will not be offering in-office services. In case of emergency, please reach us through the main Embassy number at 01-423-4000 during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

After-hours access to a duty officer for emergencies is provided through the Embassy recorded message at the same number.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP): The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu urges all U.S. citizens abroad to register in STEP (https://step.state.gov/) in order to receive all messages sent from the Embassy to registered U.S. citizens in Nepal.

Trekking Permits Suspended: The Nepal Tourism Board announced on March 20 that the issuance of Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) cards will be suspended until further notice.

Global Level 4 – Do Not Travel: The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.   Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice.

If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe.

Nepal COVID-19 Dashboard

Last Updated date: 20200427 (17:24 PM)

Source: U.S. Embassy in Nepal

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