One of the most COVID-19 affected sectors of Nepal is Travel and Tourism. It has stopped the arrival of tourists since April 2020. Since the lockdown started around April, it affected the movement of people. Consequently, the number of internal tourists traveling dropped to zero. International tourists did not travel during the time. Moreover, we are at the second COVID wave now. There have been various travel safety protocols for COVID-19 in Nepal.
The Department Of Migrations published a notice on 19th May 2021. According to the statement, they suspended all the regular visa services. It was to minimize the surgical spread of COVID-19. A small change came in the modality of lockdown, which results in the resumption of international and domestic flights. Also, The Department of Immigration has resumed all the visa services from 2nd July 2021. Everyone should follow the rules and regulations below.
The CCMC will take full responsibility for essential activities. It includes undertaking the transfer of airline passengers from airports to hotel quarantines. Moreover, it provides for the treatment of passengers during the hotel quarantine. Nepal Tourism Board has prepared a hotels list for quarantine. NTB organized it in coordination with the Department Of Tourism.
Passengers above 70 years, children under 5-years, and parents having infants must do Antigen Test. A negative test result means staying at a 10-days home quarantine. After that, they are not allowed to leave unless a negative PCR test comes. Meanwhile, if the antigen test results come out positive, shifting to isolation centers and hospitals is imminent.
Officials from Diplomatic Missions should quarantine for 10-days. The quarantine is managing in the places controlled by the respective authority. After that, they can participate in different activities. However, it is possible on one condition. The condition is that the PCR test is coming out negative.
Government Officials returning from abroad should stay in the home-quarantine for 10-days. It is done with the arrangement of the concerned authorities. Above all, A negative PCR test can only allow them to join their respective workplaces.
Security Personnel returning from abroad can reach their destination for the 10-day quarantine. Moreover, They can only rejoin their work after passing a PCR Test. The respective security body should report everything to the CCMC.
Many organizations are working on the rescuing process of stranded Nepalese. All the people involved in the organizations should have a PCR Test. Above all, Those organizations should take full responsibility for the quarantine.
Entry via roadways is a far more concerning topic than the airlines. With such a high crowd presence rate, the infection chances skyrocket. That’s why only people coming from the following boundaries can enter. It is a good move to stop the spread of the virus.
As per the COVID Crisis Management Ordinance 2078, the concerned authority will take strict action. It is for those who do not comply with the guidelines. In case of any confusion in the guidelines, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation have the supreme power. All in all, The travel safety protocols are all there to minimize the infection. The travel industry may be on track soon if we follow the Covid-19 Protocols and rules well. Lets' hope everything will be okay soon. A new dawn of traveling is what our hearts want. Everest Base Camp Trek 2022 and Annapurna Circuit Trek wait for your arrival.
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