Nepal Travel Information
Restrictions on entry into Nepal have been imposed.
Tribhuvan International Airport is closed for scheduled
flights from 22 March to 31 May. Nepal has also adopted
a nationwide curfew from March 24 to May 18. This
involves strict restrictions on freedom of movement
outside the home, with the exception of medical needs
and necessary food purchases. Norwegian citizens wishing
to leave Nepal are requested to contact the embassy in
Kathmandu by email [email protected] with name and
contact information. For more information on travel
restrictions and coronavirus, see the entry Entry and
Nepal was hit by heavy earthquakes on April 25 and
May 12, 2015. These have led to massive devastation. 14
districts are severely affected. Much work related to
emergency distribution and reconstruction is underway.
This makes parts of the country inaccessible. Especially
during the monsoon period there is a danger of
The embassy emphasizes that large parts of the
country are in a particularly difficult situation. More
info can be found at http://www.unocha.org/nepal
Norwegian citizens staying in or planning to travel
to Nepal are encouraged to stay up to date via the
Embassy's website, as well as to register their journey
Until the earthquake in April 2015, most trips to
Nepal were undertaken without any particular problems.
The greatest risk was related to poor infrastructure and
Political conditions in Nepal are stable, but the
country is still in a vulnerable situation after the
ten-year internal conflict from 1996 - 2006. Nepal has
seen a positive development since the peace agreement in
2006, and a new constitution is under preparation. There
may occasionally be political demonstrations, but such
demonstrations are rarely violent.
The embassy will remind you that it is generally
important to be careful and pay attention in areas with
public gatherings and demonstrations. For example, if
being stopped in a roadblock, one should remain calm and
wait for the activists and police or locals to come to
- Countryaah: Kathmandu is the capital
of Nepal. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Crime in the Kathmandu Valley is generally low.
Beyond ordinary care, especially in the handling of
passports, money and credit cards, no special
precautions are necessary.
Nepal is located in an active seismic zone, which
means that there is the possibility of earthquakes,
avalanches, landslides and floods. Visitors are
requested to take necessary precautions.
When traveling around the country, one should
investigate in advance the security situation in the
relevant areas. Feel free to contact the embassy for
further information. The BBC's profile page on Nepal
also has useful links to Nepalese online newspapers that
provide up-to-date information on the political
situation in the country.
Traveling in Nepal by road or air can be dangerous.
International driving license is required to drive in
Nepal. Nepal has left-hand traffic. Great care should be
taken in traffic, both as a motorist, cyclist and
pedestrian. Roads are mostly in poor condition and there
are few sidewalks outside Kathmandu city center. It is
not recommended to take public transport other than the
organized "green lines" tourist buses. In Kathmandu it
is common to take a taxi.
Travel with Nepalese airlines can be at risk. It is
recommended to examine the list of airlines without
permission to land in the EU due to poor flight safety.
Departures to the mountain areas are often canceled,
sometimes several days in a row, due to poor weather
conditions. It is wise to take this into account when
planning trips in and out of the country. Unfortunately,
aviation accidents in Nepal's mountainous areas are not
uncommon due to difficult operating conditions and
non-compliance with safety standards.
Precautions for Hiking Tourists in Nepal: Tourists
walking alone in designated mountain areas may be
subject to crime. It is recommended that you do not go
out alone. It is also recommended to use a local guide
For Norwegians who are going on trekking and other
tour activities, the embassy is encouraged to buy travel
insurance and any other insurance that covers the
activities (extreme sports) that they plan to undertake
in Nepal. Ordinary travel insurance will not normally
cover trekking above 4000 meters. Carefully check if you
are covered for all your activities while in Nepal.
It is important to know the weather conditions before
hiking in the mountains, and to keep up to date with
developments along the way. During the last two years,
unstable weather has caused heavy rain and snow showers
in some mountain areas during the trekking season. In
October 2014, dozens of people from different nations
who were hiking in the Annapurna area died as a result.
Storm and snow avalanche danger: In the last two
years, cyclones in the Bay of Bengal have caused major
rain and snow showers in the mountains. Dozens of people
have died in storms and landslides in the Mount Everest
and Annapurna areas in 2014. In the wake of the
April/May 2015 earthquakes, there have been several
landslides and snowfalls. In connection with the monsoon
in the summer, more landslides are expected.
Flood Hazard: Large parts of the Himalayas are
located in Nepal, and the melting of glaciers as well as
much rainfall, creates great danger of flooding and
flooding. Almost every year, parts of Nepal are affected
by these types of natural disasters, which often have
serious consequences. Human lives are lost and many lose
their homes. We recommend that all travelers to Nepal
familiarize themselves with the embassy's
recommendations on emergency preparedness and
Earthquake hazard: Nepal is located
in an earthquake-prone area. The Himalayas are a
relatively young mountain range located in a seismically
active zone. In 1934, Nepal experienced a major
earthquake, which had 8.4 on Richter's scale. Nepal was
hit by an earthquake of 7.8 on April 25, 2015 and an
earthquake of 7.4 on May 12, 2015. It is believed that
more earthquakes could hit Nepal in the future.
The Embassy encourages all travelers to become aware
of natural conditions that may affect their stay in
Nepal and take the necessary precautions.
The Embassy encourages all Norwegian travelers to
register at http://www.reiseregistrering.no/. If you are
registered, you will receive information from the
embassy, including in connection with any emergency
Tribhuvan International Airport is closed for
scheduled flights from 22 March to 31 May. Nepal has
also adopted a nationwide curfew from March 24 to May
18. This involves strict restrictions on freedom of
movement outside the home with the exception of medical
needs and necessary food purchases. Norwegian citizens
wishing to leave Nepal are requested to contact the
embassy in Kathmandu by email [email protected] with
name and contact information.
Travelers who are at risk of overstaying their visa
due to lack of flight offers must apply for an extension
of the visa before it expires. Violation of the visa
rules can result in fines and imprisonment. The
Department of Immigration has decided to close the
reception. Travelers who need to apply for an extension
are asked to contact the Department of Immigration when
they open again. If the current visa is valid until
March 21, you can renew your visa, provided that you
apply immediately after the office reopens. See
information on Nepal's website.
Nepal has further canceled its visa-on-arrival
scheme. When the airport opens, all travelers will have
to quarantine on arrival in Nepal. All entry into Nepal
should be via Tribhuvan International Airport,
Kathmandu. The borders of China and India are closed to
entry for third-country nationals (this includes
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible for whether the above
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
The embassy refers to Nepal's visa website for more
When entering Nepal, the traveler's passport must be
valid for more than six months beyond the time of
departure. Travelers are themselves responsible for
verifying that the visa is valid for the period they
plan to stay in Nepal.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Coronavirus
has been detected in Nepal. Norwegian travelers should
keep abreast of the spread of the coronavirus. Nepal has
taken measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
Nepali authorities have banned congregations with more
than 25 people. This applies to temples, monasteries,
mosques and churches. In addition, cinemas, cultural
centers, sports arenas, gyms, museums and entertainment
venues will be closed until 30 April.
If there is a covid 19 epidemic in Nepal, the ability
of the authorities and the capacity of hospitals to care
for the sick will be severely limited as the health care
system in Nepal has limited resources. Reference is also
made to entry information.
From other countries it is known that the situation
can change quickly. Follow local authorities' advice,
guidance and instructions on how to deal with the
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
Travelers to Nepal should take precautions to avoid
health problems during their stay. Recommended
vaccination varies with the time of year and length of
stay. There is reason to exercise caution when it comes
to certain foods and water.
Prior to departure, you should contact the Public
Health Institute or the nearest health station to check
which vaccines are recommended for travel and stay in
Stomach infections are easy to contract in Nepal. Tap
water should not be drunk. The water must be boiled and
filtered or bottled. Fruits and vegetables must be
peeled or put in iodine water. Otherwise, the food must
be well cooked or cooked. Larger hotels and restaurants
in the upper price range usually have adequate food
hygiene. Further down the price ladder, one should
exercise caution and avoid eating salads and uncooked
vegetables. Outside the tourist areas, one should adhere
to the Nepalese national dish dal bhat (boiled rice,
vegetables and lentil soup).
Sanitary conditions are generally poor, and paper
handkerchiefs and wipes may be handy. The air pollution
is high, especially in the Kathmandu valley. Soot,
smoke, exhaust and dust can cause health problems,
especially for people with respiratory disorders. The
embassy encourages anyone who seeks out the Nepalese
mountain areas to be careful and spend the necessary
time on the ascent to avoid altitude sickness. Even if
one has previously tolerated heights well, a small cold,
a stomach ache or other conditions can cause
acclimatization to take longer. If you get symptoms of
altitude sickness such as headaches and nausea, the rule
is that you go down at least a couple of hundred meters
as quickly as possible.
In the wake of the earthquakes in Nepal in April/May
2015, many had to move from their homes. Large groups in
the affected areas live temporarily and easily with poor
access to clean water and sanitation. Particularly in
connection with the monsoon period, epidemics may occur.
Travelers are advised to seek information locally about
potential epidemic threats.
The general standard of local medical offices and
hospitals in Nepal is poor, and access to proper health
care is limited outside the Kathmandu Valley. In
Kathmandu there is an international clinic of high
standard, the Ciwec Clinic. Ciwec is located just across
the road from the British Embassy in Lazimpat, Kathmandu,
tel (977-1) 4424111. On Ciwec's website, useful advice
has been published for the prevention of the most common
travel diseases, including altitude sickness.
The quality and access to dental health is good in
Kathmandu. The dental office "Healthy Smiles" can be
found in Lazimpat, tel. 4420800/4444689.
The Embassy recommends all Norwegians in Nepal to
register by visiting the following website: http://www.reiseregistrering.no/.
This applies to both residents and visitors. This is to
enable Norwegians in Nepal to receive information from
the embassy, including in connection with a possible
emergency or evacuation.
Traditions, as well as customs and customs are rooted
in the country's two major religions; Hinduism and
Buddhism. Nepalese society is largely traditionally
bound and conservative.
Respect for local customs and customs means that you
try to adhere to some simple rules: Traditionally, you
do not greet people in Nepal. Instead, hold the palms
facing each other in front of the chest (with your
fingertips pointing up towards your face) and use the
Nepali greeting word Namaste. Namaste means "I salute
the holy in you". The greeting is more respectful the
higher one holds hands in relation to the body.
Nepalese are friendly and hospitable. When you enter
a Nepali home or temple, you take off your shoes at the
front door. The feet are considered to be unclean. It is
therefore good practice to keep your legs gathered
underneath when you sit so that others do not have to
cross other people's legs when you may need to pass.
Similarly, the left hand is also regarded as unclean and
one should avoid touching others, or touching things
others should eat, with the left hand.
Nepalese have a different relationship to the private
sphere than Norwegians. Being curious about others is
perfectly normal and should not be taken badly - rather
take it as a compliment when strangers stare at you,
contact, or ask questions of a private nature.
It is considered natural to share one's wealth and
give to the needy. If you want to help, donating to a
local humanitarian organization will be more helpful
than giving to beggars and street children.
Nepal has over 50 recognized languages. English is
only widely used in the Kathmandu Valley and where
tourists travel, so learning some simple words in Nepali
Foreigners must be able to identify themselves on
request and passports should be brought (if necessary, a
Nepal has very severe penalties for possession of
drugs. It is important to be aware that when you are a
tourist in the country, you are subject to the laws and
regulations of the country.
The embassy recommends that all Norwegians in Nepal
register via reiseregistrering.no. This applies to both
residents and visitors. This is to enable Norwegians in
Nepal to receive information from the embassy,
including in connection with a possible emergency or
Norwegian citizens are encouraged to have valid
travel insurance. The embassy in Kathmandu can issue a
passport. See separate passport page.
The embassy in Kathmandu is not authorized to make
marriages. See separate pages on marriage and marriage
Other practical information: The power supply is 220
volts with a 3-pin socket. There are large voltage
variations and sometimes power outages. It is
recommended to use voltage stabilizer on all technical
equipment. Stabilizers can be purchased locally.
Kathmandu and Pokhara have established an ATM system
that operates 24 hours a day and takes the most
important bank and credit cards, including American
Express, Mastercard and Visa. Credit cards can also be
increasingly used in shops, travel agencies and in
larger restaurants and hotels. However, it is advisable
to have a suitable reserve in the US Dollar. Otherwise,
one can get local currency against credit cards in all
Opening hours vary, but mainly the following apply to
banks and public offices - summer: 10 am - 5 pm (Friday
3 pm), winter: 10 am - 4 pm (Friday 3 pm), shops: 10 am
- 7 pm. Banks, public offices and some shops are closed
on Saturday. Authorized exchange offices have longer
opening hours, usually as for shops.
Saturday is the holiday of the week in Nepal. In
addition, a number of holidays come throughout the year
that are often associated with or have religious
origins. The dates vary from year to year.
Emergency telephone numbers are: Police 100, Fire
Department 101, Ambulance: Red Cross, Lalitpur 5545666,
Red Cross, Kathmandu 4228094, Tourist Police 4223681 The
Embassy in Nepal can be contacted on tel :
+977 15 545 307 or by e-mail: [email protected] no.
Opening hours: 08.30-16.30, Fridays 08.30-14.00
Outside the embassy's working hours, travelers can
contact the UD's 24-hour operating center on Tel: +47 23
95 00 00 or by e-mail: [email protected]
The time difference to Norway is 3¾ hours when there
is summer time in Norway, and 4¾ hours when there is
winter time in Norway. The area code for calls from
Norway to Nepal is +977.