Updated: March 19, 2020
Is Nepal Safe to Travel?
The deadly disease called CORONAVIRUS or COVID-19 is rapidly crashing the world lately. Firstly discovered in WUHAN city in Hubei province in mainland China, this disease has outbreak in more than 170 countries and territories causing 219,345 confirmed cases, 8,969 deaths and 85,745 recoveries as of 19 March, 2020.
Signs & Symptoms of Coronavirus
As stated by World Health Organization (WHO) and multiple health institutes, the virus can be transmitted from the people with no symptoms. The virus can be transmitted to 3 people by an infected person with a direct contact.
The signs & symptoms of CoronaVirus are:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Acute respiratory distress syndrome
“Prevention is better than cure.”
- Wash your hands frequently
- Practice respiratory hygiene
- Maintain social distancing
- Avoid touching eyes, nose & mouth
Most Affected Countries:
More than 170 countries and territories have been affected by this CoronaVirus 2019. This disease is spreading so rapidly that the number of confirmed cases and death cases are increasing in a speed manner. Some of the most affected countries by the disease are listed below.
The first case of novel COVID-19 was diagnosed in Wuhan, China in late December, 2019. Making it the most affected country globally, China has 80,928 cases, 3,245 deaths and 70,420 recoveries as of the latest report.
The European countries have also been affected by Coronavirus disease. This deadly disease has widespread so rapidly in Italy making it the second most affected country with 35,713 confirmed cases, 2,978 deaths and 4,025 recoveries.
- South Korea
The outbreak of the disease in South Korea has made the lives of the people very rough. The latest report shows that the country has 8,565 confirmed cases, 91 deaths and 1,947 recoveries.
Iran has been placed in third position in the list as the country has 17,361 confirmed cases, 1,135 deaths and 5,710 recoveries.
The outbreak of COVID-19 in Japan has caused 986 confirmed cases, 33 deaths and 191 recoveries as of 19 March, 2020.
Is Nepal Safe From COVID-19? / How safe is Nepal from CoronaVirus 2019?
Is the neighboring country of China, Nepal safe from CoronaVirus?
Every person may ask this question or have a concept that Nepal is definitely not safe from CoronaVirus. However, Nepal is in the list of least affected countries globally till this date carrying only one confirmed case. A Nepali student returning from Wuhan on 5 January was diagnosed with COVID-19 and kept in quarantine zone for 14 days and got recovered.
On 16 February, 2020, 175 Nepalese citizens were evacuated from epicenter Wuhan, Hubei province in China. They were monitored at the quarantine zone in Kharipati, Bhaktapur for two weeks. All the results came negative and got discharged.
Recently, there were 4 suspected people (3 Nepali citizen & a French national) who landed from South Korea, UAE and Qatar but the results tested negative.
Luckily, Nepal is safe from this deadly disease till the date. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that Coronavirus may outbreak in Nepal. And, if the disease enters the country, it will be epidemic as Nepal is a third world country and lacks in proper healthcare institutes, modern technology and necessary equipment in sufficient amount to diagnose the person with highly infectious COVID-19.
Governmental Works to Prevent COVID-19
The global tension has been alarming the whole world since few months. Though the disease has not affected Nepal, the government of Nepal, many health organizations and agencies have taken many steps to prevent the disease to outbreak.
The Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Control Hospital, Epidemiology and Disease Control Division are the two major health institutions involved to prevent the virus to crash in the country. Temperature screening via thermal cameras and self reporting has been initiated in Tribhuvan International Airport for the passengers flying in from other countries. Nepal Government has also assigned other hospitals like Bir Hospital, Civil Hospital, Patan Hospital and TU Teaching Hospital regarding coronavirus outbreak in Nepal.
On 9 March 2020, Government has declared that on-arrival visas to Nepal from 8 different countries which have been highly affected are suspended temporarily. ON-arrival-visas from the following countries are suspended for a period of time.
- South Korea
The action is implemented from March 10, 2020 for first five countries, whereas for France, Germany and Spain, it will be effective from 13 March, 2020.
A day after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Coronavirus as Pandemic Outbreak and warned the world to take precautionary action; the Government of Nepal has decided to suspend all the on-arrival tourist visas to all the countries excluding diplomatic and official visas. The meeting on the late Thursday night on 12 March also ended up deciding to cancel all the spring expeditions along with Everest climbing.
According to the officials, the government also decided to cease on-arrival tourist visas to Nepal through land routes and the visa suspension will be effective from March 14 and last until April 30, 2020. However, anyone wishing to visit Nepal in between must have a medical certificate/report showing the person is COVID-19 negative.
Is Nepal safe to travel?
Despite the outbreak of COVID-19 is disturbing the peacefulness in the world; people are willing to travel to fulfill their desires of travelling. Nepal, the land of the Himalayas is linked with China and is listed under the danger zone by the World Health Organization (WHO). However, the outbreak of the Corona Virus disease has not affected the country. The only one case was seen till this date and was recovered with timely treatment. Otherwise the suspected cases have resulted in negative.
The immediate actions of government and medical assistance are working to make Nepal safe from the disease. The Hon. Tourism Minister of Nepal, Yogesh Bhattarai has invited all the travelers without any hesitation and fear on a press release by Nepal Tourism Board. It concludes that “Nepal is Safe to travel”.
Please click the link below for suspension of Visa-On-Arrival.