Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Nepal on the TravelHealthPro website

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel

Flights by some major carriers to and from Nepal connect to major hubs, but may be oversubscribed at peak times. You should liaise with your airline or travel provider for additional information, or if you need to re-book. Alternatively, contact one of the following travel agents: President Travel, Megabyte and Everest Miracle Travel. These should be able to tell you upcoming flights and availability.

The Government of Nepal still requires specific conditions of entry for passengers originating from or transiting the UK. Those seeking to enter Nepal need to present certain documentation, see Entry requirements for more information.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Nepal.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with any UK government testing requirements.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Nepal

The Nepali authorities have imposed temporary restrictions to control the COVID-19 outbreak. Some non-essential services are partially closed, and restrictions may be introduced or extended at short notice. You must wear face masks to access essential services (including access to medical care, to shop, and to access the airport for outbound flights), and adults are also required to carry and show proof of vaccination. There are penalties for people who do not observe these rules, which are rigorously enforced.

Accommodation

Although some hotels in the Kathmandu valley are open, this can change at short notice. Local administrations in other districts are free to adapt a different model, and more restrictive lockdowns are still in place in other parts of the country.

  • public spaces and services are now currently operating a restricted service in the Kathmandu valley to control outbreaks of COVID-19, and other districts may operate more restrictive models. Shops and services when open will only serve customers wearing some form of face mask. Shop openings may vary by location, as local administrations in other districts are free to adapt a different model
  • people are required to maintain social distancing and wear masks in public. Up to 100 people may now attend gatherings, if vaccinated
  • there are current limitations on the opening of entertainment centres such as cinema halls and dance bars, health clubs and swimming clubs, salons, beauty parlours, spas, libraries, zoos, and museums. When open, you will need to wear masks, and adults will need to show proof of vaccination status.

There have been reports of some incidents in parts of Nepal of foreign tourists being threatened or intimidated by locals, allegedly in relation to coronavirus. Such incidents are rare. If you experience such problems, return immediately to your accommodation (if safe), or to the local law enforcement agencies (phone 100), or contact the British Embassy at +977 (0)1 423 7100.

Healthcare in Nepal

If you need medical attention and/or if you think you have any symptoms of COVID such as a fever or persistent cough please avoid contact with others if possible and go to a medical facility. For those who have health insurance cover, or are willing to pay then Mediciti and Norvic Hospitals can isolate and take a test to be sent to the national laboratory. Otherwise, go to Patan Hospital. Many of these facilities are experiencing pressure due to COVID-19, and you should allow for this.

Make sure you have sufficient medicine, if required. The British Embassy has a list of pharmacies and hospitals that dispense in Kathmandu.

For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.

Testing and isolation for COVID-19 is limited to certain government hospitals, where services are basic. View Health for further details on healthcare in Nepal.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Nepal

We will update this page when the Government of Nepal announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Nepal national vaccine programme started in January 2021 and is currently using the AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm’s Vero Cell and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccines. The Government of Nepal has stated that British nationals resident in Nepal are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme. Further information on the vaccination programme is available on the Government of Nepal Ministry of Health and Population website.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Nepal, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Further information

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.

Additional useful information may be found on the British Embassy social media channels.