1. Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter Nepal?
No foreigners are allowed to enter Nepal at this time. The government of Nepal has approved exceptions for diplomatic, international organization, and some international non-governmental organization personnel.
2. Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) required for entry in Nepal?
Yes, negative results from a PCR test obtained within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin are required for entry.
3. Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine upon entry in Nepal?
All travelers, including U.S. citizens who enter Nepal, are screened upon arrival and subject to a 14-day quarantine.
4. Is travel to Nepal restricted by the US Govt?
The US Depart of State maintains a Level 3 Advisory: Reconsider Travel. The advisory reads:
Reconsider travel to Nepal due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Nepal due to the potential for isolated political violence.
5. How safe is Nepal to travel for US citizens?
Nepal remains a very safe country for travelers. No major risks involved. However, you bandhs (demonstration marked by closure of market, businesses, or transport to protest policies) are common. Bandhs may turn violent some of the times. Avoid traveling to areas observing protests.
Financial crimes and thefts like pickpocketing and bag-snatching may occur at major tourist sites, including the Thamel district of Kathmandu. Store valuables, including passports and cash, in the hotel safety deposit box; do not carry them. The Nepal Tourist Police recommend that you carry a photocopy of your passport when going out.
Exchange money only at banks and hotels. Criminals use sophisticated scams, such as ATM skimming, particularly in Kathmandu.
Avoid walking alone after dark, carrying large sums of cash, and wearing expensive jewelry
Reporting a Crime: Report crimes to the local police by dialing “100.” This number is equivalent to “911” in the United States, and it is staffed 24/7 by the local police. When calling the emergency number, speak slowly and clearly so that your message gets across to the official without misunderstanding
6. What is the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)?
Travelers are advised to fill out Smart Traveler Enrollment Program STEP. This 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. It entitles them to get the following types of assistance.
- Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
- Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.
- Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.
Quick Facts to Check Before You Travel
U.S. Embassy and Consulates Contact Info
U.S. Embassy Kathmandu
Telephone: +(977)(1) 423-4000 or 400-7200
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(977)(1) 400-7266,400-7269