Nepal has removed quarantine requirements for travellers who have taken both doses of Covid-19 vaccine.
Tourism Minister Bhanubhakta Dhakal told the Post on Friday that the decision to remove quarantine requirements for foreign tourists was taken by Thursday’s Cabinet meeting.
“The new guideline to visit Nepal will be implemented soon,” said Dhakal.
Last week, the Tourism Ministry had proposed removing quarantine requirements for travellers who have received both doses of the vaccine.
Taranath Adhikari, spokesperson for the Tourism Ministry, said that they were yet to receive the copy of the Cabinet’s decision.
“We will make the details public once we receive the copy of the decision,” Adhikari told the Post. “As per the proposal, tourists coming to Nepal have to submit documentation or cards as proof that they have been vaccinated.
Many countries have termed documents of immunization against Covid-19 vaccine passports. Some countries have rolled out digital passports as well so as to facilitate travelling.
Adhikari said that vaccinated tourists entering Nepal have to submit a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) report. The report must show the test was conducted 72 hours prior to their departure from the country of origin.
Presently, as per the Department of Tourism, prior approval documents required for entry to Nepal are a negative PCR report taken less than 72 hours before departure, hotel booking for at least seven days' quarantine in Nepal and insurance of at least $5,000, per person, against Covid-19.
Tourists must go into hotel quarantine for a minimum of seven days upon their arrival in Nepal.
Tourists are also required to take a PCR test on the fifth day of hotel quarantine on their own expense, and they will be allowed to go on their expedition or trek if they test negative.
Nepal’s heavily tourism-based economy struggled in 2020 as the country saw a massive revenue fall. The pandemic resulted in tens of thousands of jobs lost as well.
According to the statistics of the Department of Immigration, only 230,085 foreign tourists visited Nepal last year, about the same number that came in 1986. Most of them arrived before the country slapped entry restrictions on March 20.
source:-The kathmandu post, Sangam Prasain