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11 Mar 2020 | 05:01 PM UTC

Nepal: Government suspends visa on arrival for nationals from eight countries March 10 /update 1

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Nepal suspends visa on arrival for nationals from eight countries due to COVID-19 March 10; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/11/2020, 12:00 AM until 3/31/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kathmandu). COUNTRY/REGION Nepal

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Event

The Government of Nepal announced on Tuesday, March 10, that it would suspend its visa on arrival program for nationals from China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Japan, France, Germany, and Spain to prevent further spread of the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Nationals from these countries will still be allowed entry to Nepal but must obtain visas from Nepali missions abroad beforehand. Nationals and travelers transiting from the abovementioned countries must also submit a health certificate stating that they are not infected by COVID-19 along with their visa applications. The certificate will be examined upon arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM); the certificate must have been issued within seven days of arrival in Nepal.

Nepal will also reportedly suspend land points of entry and exit until further notice; KTM airport will be the only remaining entry-exit point open for arrival and departure in the country.

As of March 11, there has been one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Nepal. Further international spread of the virus is expected over the coming days and weeks.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On February 28, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the risk of spread and the risk of impact of the virus is "very high" at the global level.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

Potentially impacted travelers are advised to monitor the situation, confirm travel itineraries, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

To reduce the general risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue; throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, seek medical care urgently and share your previous travel history with your health care provider.

Travelers returning from China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran who develop symptoms of pneumonia are advised to call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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