Easing Covid-19 restrictions to boost tourism recovery initiatives, Nepal has announced a slew of measures to ease travel for fully vaccinated international travelling to the Himalayan nation. Foreign tourists can now easily travel to Nepal without any requirement for a pre-departure PCR test. They can simply show and provide a vaccination certificate proving they are fully vaccinated without undergoing Covid-19 testing requirements.
Looking at the post-Omicron scenario of the continuous improvement in the condition of Covid-19 infection, the Covid-19 Crisis Management Coordination Center (CCMC) of the Government of Nepal on March 7 has decided to waive off the PCR test requirement for passengers who have completed full vaccination against Covid-19 before fourteen days of arrival.
Nepal is also moving forward to revive the hard-hit tourism sector with the strategic action plans being formulated by the National Tourism Revival Committee, together in collaboration with the public and private sector stakeholders of the tourism industry. The Committee was formed by the Government of Nepal in February 2022, under the chairmanship of the Minister for Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation Prem Ale and has appointed Rajaram Giri as the main coordinator.
The tourism revival committee will be advising the government under various segments, including promotional events, policy reforms, infrastructure, branding, marketing and promotion, product development and service standardisation, etc., towards the responsible recovery and sustainable growth of tourism in the country. The committee has aligned the following immediate initiatives to kickstart its engagement towards tourism revival:
- The mandatory PCR test has been waived off for fully vaccinated travellers.
- The domestic flights have agreed to provide special discounts equivalent to Nepali local fare to the international Travelers for the period of revival. The hoteliers associated with the Hotel Association of Nepal have agreed to provide at least a 20 per cent discount to the international visitors for their services.
- The Government of Nepal, Ministry of Tourism has appointed Nirmal Purja, the world-famous record-breaking Nepalese Mountaineer, as the Goodwill Ambassador for Nepal’s tourism.
The recovery committee is going to announce further recovery initiatives and action plans very soon within April 2022.