Official Travel Advice for Nepal
Entry requirements section (UK Emergency Travel Documents) - updated information on acceptance of UK ETDs for entry, transit and exit from Nepal; Summary - removal of information about a general strike on 18 April
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 22 May 2019.
From 1 April 2019, Nepal’s Tribhuvan International Airport will be closed from 10pm to 8am daily for runway maintenance work. It’s expected that this closure will be for a period of 3 months. During this time, flight schedules are likely to be changed. For more information, visit the website of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.
Small scale politically motivated protests, demonstrations or strikes are fairly common in Nepal. They can occur at short notice and clashes between protesters and law enforcement agencies may occur. You should exercise caution and avoid any demonstrations.
There are reports that a local group has made efforts to extort businesses, NGOs and local and international schools. Two improvised explosive devices detonated in Kathmandu in February and March 2019, causing injuries and one fatality. You are advised to remain vigilant and report any incidents to the local police.
Nepal is in a major earthquake zone and remains at risk from further earthquakes and aftershocks. You should familiarise yourself with safety procedures in the event of an earthquake. See Earthquakes
The monsoon season normally runs from June to September. Flooding and landslides often occur during this time. Road travel anywhere can be hazardous, particularly in rural areas. See Natural disasters
Never trek alone. Use a reputable agency, remain on established routes and walk with at least one other person. Take note of weather conditions and forecasts, and come prepared. Altitude sickness is a risk in all trekking regions. See Trekking in Nepal.
All air carriers from Nepal have been refused permission to operate air services to the EU due to safety concerns. See Safety and security
Car and motorbike accidents are one of the biggest causes of injury and death overseas. If possible, avoid travelling at night. Always travel in a well-maintained vehicle with seatbelts. If you travel by motorbike, wear a helmet and proper footwear. See Safety and security
High levels of air pollution can occur in Nepal. Children, the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions may be especially affected by poor air quality. You can check the pollution index levels for real-time information, and the WHO factsheet on air quality.
Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Nepal. See Terrorism
Around 40,000 British nationals visit Nepal annually. Most visits are trouble-free.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
If you need to contact the emergency services, call 100 (police) and 101 (fire). There is no central public ambulance service, though some private providers operate in the main cities. In an emergency, you should call the local hospital.
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. If you are intending to travel at altitude, check that your insurance policy provides cover.
Quick Facts Tourist Information for:Nepal
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Visitors/Tourists: 736,000 in 2011
Kathmandu (also largest city)
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Population: 700,000 (in 2008)