Government decides to provide ‘conditional’ on-arrival visas

The government of Nepal has decided to resume on-arrival visa services from the Immigration Desk at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for international travelers entering the country.

As per the Infectious Disease Act, 2020, the government on Thursday issued an order to provide on-arrival visas to travelers who are fully vaccinated and belong to countries that provision on-arrival visas.

However, such travelers are obligated to submit a document verifying that 14 days have passed since they received their final anti-COVID vaccine dose, along with a negative PCR report – not older than 72 hours of checking in.

Similarly, proof of hotel booking, permit in case of mountaineering, trekking or other similar activities, printed document of International Traveler Online Arrival Form (filled through the site will also be sought by the authorities.

The new order has also relaxed some of the quarantine requirements on tourists. Now, only those tourists who are unvaccinated or those who test positive for the coronavirus during the mandatory antigen test conducted either at the TIA or their hotels have to stay quarantined.

Tourists coming by land will also need to fulfil the same criteria as those coming by air. They will have to undergo an antigen test at the border point and will only be given entry into Nepal if they test negative for the coronavirus, the rule states.

On-arrival visa services were temporarily suspended on May 20 due to the COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the former government.