Nepal: Here climbers and tourists are welcome without quarantine

relaxation of immigration laws

April 2, 2021

Nepal is allowing travelers, especially mountaineers from abroad, to re-enter the Himalayan country without any problems. The Quarantine duty is waived if a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours or a Corona vaccination can be presented. With the opening and the relaxation of the Corona measures, Nepal wants to boost the weakened tourism. Because like many others, the country is very dependent on the income that climbers and other tourists bring in.

Nepal needs tourists

A UN classification classifies Nepal as one of the "least developed countries", as the country's development is progressing very slowly. Added to this is the heavy dependence on tourism, which has already been absent for a whole year. Now, however, the Asian country's tourism industry has come through with a reopening and relaxed entry requirements. Even though there is currently no quarantine obligation for mountaineers and holidaymakers from abroad, the country is nevertheless meticulous in ensuring that the virus spreads as little as possible.

Because in addition to the PCR test and / or a Corona vaccination, all entrants must undergo a rapid test upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu. Those who have neither a vaccination nor a PCR test must take the test immediately and wait for the result in self-quarantine.

As Nepal is heavily dependent on tourism revenue, the Himalayan country is reopening gates.

Numerous visitors are expected

In the spring of 2020, just over a year ago, the Corona pandemic brought the entire world to a standstill. For the first time, Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain, was also closed to tourists. However, in order to still let a few select visitors into the country, and thus boost tourism a bit, there was an official application process to enter the popular destination. Applications fluttered in, but the government only approved a single application since the pandemic began. As a result, only a prince from Bahrain and his team were allowed to make the sometimes dangerous climb up the 8,848-meter Mount Everest.

Now, however, the Ministry of Tourism in Nepal is expecting about 300 tourists to climb the mountain.

Still in spring Nepal expects about 300 visitors who want to climb Mount Everest.

Picture Credits: Ashlesh Kshatri / Pixabay, Glorious Himalaya Trekking / Pixabay, Martin Jernberg / Unsplash

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