How To Travel Nepal in Post COVID Period?
The Government of Nepal (GON) made certain changes in Nepal visit on March 14, 2020, in reference to the WHO declaration of the COVID-19 as a global pandemic. Since March 24, 2020, the GON declared a nationwide lockdown when the second case of the COVID-19 case was confirmed.
Then, travel to Nepal Post COVID-19 was completely banned due to the suspension of all national and international flights including public transportation and public gathering. With a thorough evaluation of the pandemic, the government reopened mountaineering and trekking in Nepal from October 17, 2020.
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However, the nationwide lockdown and travel restrictions in Nepal have been beneficial, too. First, it has given a certain relief in environmental pollution due to the ban on public transportation and industries. When the public vehicles and factories were banned, there was no emission of CFCs in the atmosphere.
The Next important prize of the nationwide lockdown is strengthening in the familial bond. Perhaps this is the year when people have spent the longest quality time with their family! Living in the family gave way to share and care one another differently.
The core objective of this article is to give you detailed information about visiting Nepal now. For the purpose, let’s take a quick look into the travel provisions, health safety measures, accommodation services.
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Tourism Industry of Nepal Now
Due to the travel restrictions for 7 months, tourism industry of Nepal felt many adverse effects. The pandemic has had many short-term and long-term impacts on social, economic, and psychological aspects of Nepal and the Nepalese. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs while thousands of entrepreneurs have shot their businesses.
Losing jobs is not that easy itself because it is hard to live in a world where earning is everything. Many tourism agencies and other agents of tourism and hospitality industry cut off their employees when the former felt unsecured of the pandemic.
To be frank, the best gift of the losing employment is that the human resources involved themselves in agriculture during the lockdown. The barren land of the villages was once more greenery as people cultivated with the appropriate crops and vegetables in their free time.
People realized the values of their birthplace, no matter where it is geographically. When the hard times come, their homes located even in the remote areas is the only alternative they get. Attraction to the city has changed considerably due to the crowd and possibility of the COVID-19 spread.
People have realized the rural areas are safer places to live in such pandemic situation. Besides this, nowadays, most of the rural areas have access to electricity, transportation, and Internet. There is at least an android phone in everyone’s hand that people can promptly communicate with anyone anywhere in the world.
To promote the internal and international tourism, the GON has declared “One Province, One Destination.” This policy has contributed to discover and promote a natural or cultural heritage in the local level. The required preparations to develop such destinations throughout the nation are going on. People have realized the importance of tourism and hospitality management in local level as well.
Based on the recommendations of the WHO and health experts, the GON has made the necessary travel provisions for both the guests and hosts. Mountaineering and trekking in Nepal is resumed, so booking tours and travels are being made.
Mountain tourism is considered still safe because very low or no cases of the COVID-19 are seen in trekking regions of this Himalayan country. Gradually, the flow of international tourists is increasing in the trekking routes like Annapurna Circuit and Everest Region.
The Manaslu Expedition made by the Bahrain Prince at 7:10 am local time on October 15, 2020, is an evidence of mountaineering resumption. The team of the Bahrain Prince made climbing Louche East (6,119 m) on October 3, 2020 for acclimatization purpose.
The GON has made some provisions on visiting Nepal in relation to the international trekkers and tourists. The rules are solely related with the PCR Test, Quarantine, and other safety measures to stay away from the adverse effects of the SAARS-CoV2.
Health Safety Measures
The major highlights of recent travel provisions made by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation (MoCTA) are:
- Travel Insurance for all travelers, trekkers, and mountaineers
- Medical costs and 7-days quarantine in own expenses of tourists themselves
- A negative coronavirus test from 72 hours prior to arrival in Nepal
- Wave off USD 5,000 travel insurance
- Social distancing
- Wearing masks in public transportation and public places
- Washing hands regularly and using sanitizers
- Avoiding contact with sick people
- NO to touching eyes, nose, and mouth with hands except washed and sanitized properly
- NO to travelling in case of any health problem
Food & Accommodation
Some tea houses and lodges in the trekking regions are closed due to the pandemic. Especially, in the high altitude treks like Everest Base Camp Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Upper Dolpo Trek, etc, the tea house trekking is not possible in this time. The core reason for this is the cold temperature and heavy snowfall in the Himalayas.
However, there is enough possibility for camping trekking, which is a different lifetime experience! If you love trekking with the fantastic trekking guide and local people having a wonderful sense of humor, it is the right time.
Making a trek with the local people are the best way for sharing culture, language, and tradition with each other. Above all, they have “the Guests are God!” sense, so you get a better hospitality, too.
Hence, you require managing their food and accommodation themselves in some areas. For this purpose, you have to book the trip with a local tour operator in Kathmandu or Pokhara. The tour and trekking agency helps you manage the crew for camping trekking in the Himalayas.
We recommend you to book the packages of mountain tourism rather than city tours. The mountain regions are safe as they are isolated from the crowd of the city. The trekking trails of the Himalayas are almost empty that if you are a solo trekker in Nepal, you can get the output of every penny you invest on the trip.
We hope this blog gives you the maximum information about “How to Travel Nepal Post-COVID Nepal?” After all, life matters more than visiting different new places. Thus, we request you to visit our official website of Nepal Trekking Routes before you book any trek in Nepal.
We hope to see you soon in Nepal. Stay safe, healthy, and happy!