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Nepal Reopens To Foreign Hikers. Here's What To Expect
After an eight-month lockdown, Nepal is welcoming tourists again for those who want to scratch the itch for some adventure in the Himalayas
Like many destinations, however, the opening will come with some restrictions. The first thing is that the reopening will be restricted to those seeking to climb or trek its famous peaks.
“We are not opening the country for all visitors; only mountaineers and trekkers who have taken prior permit [sic] will be allowed to come to Nepal,” Rudra Singh Tamang, director-general of Nepal’s Department of Tourism, told USA Today. “We are opening to a sector of visitors who we know we can handle and manage.”
Visitors will have to obtain a visa on arrival, details about their stay, hire a local outfitting company, and have health insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment. Visitors will also need a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of traveling and will be required to quarantine in a hotel for seven days at their own expense.
On day five, travelers will have to take another test, and assuming it’s negative, they will be able to leave and continue with their plans on day seven.
“We are trying to revive the tourism industry that was badly hit by the pandemic, but we are not taking any chances [sic] or any risks,” Tamang added. “We did a test run just recently with a foreign expedition team and now have a good idea on how to manage the adventure tourists.”
Nepal has reported more than 189,000 coronavirus infections since the pandemic began and 1,000 deaths.