Nepal govt issues COVID-19 guidelines for mountaineering, trekking activities

New Delhi (NVI): The government of Nepal has issued COVID-19 safety guidelines for foreign tourists, to minimise the spread of coronavirus while conducting trekking and mountaineering activities.

The latest guidelines issued by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal, state that the tourists must secure an entry-visa, or an entry-permit in absence of visa-provision in their countries in co-ordination with respective agencies.

The Himalayan nation restarted mountaineering activities from July 30 after a period of five months because tourism and mountaineering are the primary sources of income for the government of Nepal.

Notably, the travelers must carry with themselves a PCR test report conducted not more that 72 hours ago, attesting that the person has tested negative for COVID-19, the Himalayan Times reported.

Along with the report, the traveler must have booking-documents for the hotel wherein they will stay for at least seven days in quarantine.

The new guidelines also state that the traveller must present valid documents to prove they have an insurance of USD 5,000.

In addition to the above mentioned conditions, they are also supposed to undergo a PCR test at their own expenditure on the fifth day of quarantine. Only after testing negative of COVID-19, travellers will be permitted to proceed for the work that brought them to Nepal. In case they test positive, they can only be relieved after staying in quarantine until they test negative for the disease.

The ministry has also directed trekking or mountaineering agencies to insure travellers from Nepal against COVID-19 for a sum of Rs 1 lakhs before applying for a permit.

However, the travel enthusiasts must also follow all the COVID-19 protocols laid out by the Ministry of Health of Nepal.

-RJV