There is no risk at all while traveling to Nepal. It has always been a very safe country to travel. Nepal government and the people is tourist friendly. Travelling within Nepal is safe and secured but sometimes minimum precaution needs to be taken. Tourists are advised to preferably use the services of registered and well-established travel and trekking companies and registered hotels to ensure comfortable and reliable holiday. Protest movements are free expression of political opinions in Nepal, like in other parts of the world and they may happen within a short notice.
These Protest movements are usually non-violent in nature and not directed to foreigners. During Protest movements (called 'Bandh' in Nepal), many business houses close, and transportation and city services are disrupted. Tourist buses, airport downtown-airport shuttle service and rickshaws are the only means of transportation available during general strikes.
Avoid being near demonstrations, try to return to your hotel early in the evening as far as possible. Do not carry expensive gadgets while traveling. Avoid wearing jewelries and other wears.
Travelers are requested to stay either at their hotel or at the most prominent touristic areas like Thamel, where no any untoward incidents have happened till date. Tourists can also visit places of tourist interest within walking distance from their hotels
Nepal has Tourist-Police patrolling most cities in Nepal offering immediate help to tourists. Tours and Travel operators have added extra security measures in their travel plans. Most hotels are equipped with extra security guards and are in immediate contact with the local police in case of emergency.
PASSPORT & VISA REQUIREMENTS
A passport and visa are required for foreign nationals except Indian nationals visiting Nepal. Multiple tourist visas are obtained on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and at all other land entry ports. All foreigners need to pay an airport exit tax, regardless of the length of their stay.
Indian nationals do not require visa. According to the Embassy of Nepal ,Indians travelling to Nepal by air must show either a passport, voter's identity card issued by Election Commission of India, or an identity card with photograph issued by the Central or State Government of India on arrival at entry point Children under 10 years do not require any identification card..
Travelers may contact nearest Nepalese Embassy/Consulates for visa updates.
INFORMATION FOR TRAVELERS
In Nepal there are plenty of travel destinations where tourists can visit throughout the year This is why many overseas travelers have enlisted Nepal in their wishful travel itinerary.
There are many popular tourist spots in Nepal such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Dhulikhel, Bandipur, Mustang Region, Everest Region, Annapurna Region, Langtang Region, Lumbini, Janakpur where one can visit without having any sorts of disturbances. This is a clear testimony that travel safety in Nepal is more a perception problem than the actual state of affairs.
Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) highly recommends international tourists to get services through the government registered companies which guarantee safety, reliability, standard and value for money travel services.
Trekking in Nepal normally involves walking for an extended time over rugged, steep terrain, to various basic to comfortable lodges during the course of their trip. Many popular trekking routes in Nepal cross passes over 18,000 feet.
The Nepal Tourism Board requests all existing and potential travelers to exercise extreme caution while trekking at higher altitudes. The safest option for all trekkers is to use reputable trekking agencies that offer a professional guide and porter who can communicate in Nepali, English or other international or local language.
MEDICAL FACILITIES FOR TRAVELERS IN NEPAL
Medical facilities is widely available in most of the District head quarters and the towns and cities in Nepal. Kathmandu, the capital city, has the ultra modern medical facilities, equipment and most qualified doctors for a quality health care service.
Serious illnesses often require evacuation by helicopter to the nearest health care centre and hospital where adequate medical facilities are available. Illnesses and injuries suffered while on trek in remote areas often require rescue. Various private Helicopter Companies at the Airport provide rescue services. The cost is not that much high. For further information, please contact your local travel or trekking agencies.
There are many international Insurance Companies available in the form of joint venture (JV) in Nepal. The demand for medical insurance is increasing day to day.
Therefore, all travelers are advised to insure through the reputed agencies. In fact, traveling within Nepal is very much safe except in some remote areas. Please check with your own insurance company to confirm whether your insurance policy applies for extreme adventures, including provision for medical evacuation, and for adequate coverage.
Supplemental health insurance that specifically covers overseas treatment and air evacuation to the nearest adequate medical facility is strongly recommended.
TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS
In most of the tourist spots in Nepal the condition of the roads are fairly good.
The East West Highway connects all the major cities and towns. The accident rate in Nepal is comparatively very low and relatively fatalities from such accidents are also rare when we compare with many big cities of the world. Likewise, there are several domestic private airlines operating within the country have helped to connect the remote parts with the capital city of Kathmandu.
Traveling to Nepal by air is considered safe. The country is well connected by a dozen of international airlines with most of the cities of Europe and Asia. It also has a fair number of domestic airlines, which cater to the needs of the travelers across the country. Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) infrastructures have been duly extended in order to meet the rising demand of the air travelers.
All travelers entering Nepal are requested to comply with the custom regulations of the government in all transactions involving the import or export of goods and services The facilities that are provided to travelers are of international norms except in the cases of heavy-duty import such as valuable metals, articles of archeological and religious importance, wildlife and related articles, drugs, arms and ammunition, and communications equipment.
Nepal Government is very conscious of maintaining the ecological balance. The preservation of the natural resources and conservation of the national heritages has been the prime concern of the government. In order to give an impulse to this concept, Nepal Government has already brought into effect the emission control norms for the vehicles.
Likewise , different government departments are coordinating with various experts, donors, INGOs and NGOs to manage the Solid waste management and control the effluents discharged by the a factories and industries As far as conservation and preservation is concerned, Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and Nepal 's densely populated forests are greatly appreciated models in the world. The health department of Nepal government and municipalities has taken responsibility for hygiene and waste management. The departments of the environment, tourism and agriculture have dealt jointly to protect rivers from being populated.