Nepal Tourism is back to normal: The Himalayas are calling you again

Damodar Dhakal
Nepal Tourism in Open for international tourist @ Mission Nepal Holidays

The prolonged wait is over; finally the heartening news of Nepal being geared up for trekking and other purposes came across. Nepal’s Cabinet has agreed to allow domestic airlines, intercity buses, hotels, and restaurants to reopen after 6 months of COVID-19 lockdown. However, the reopening of trekking/tours is delayed by a month for the resumption of domestic flights, transportation, and hotels. The service of mentioned businesses is to start functioning from 17 September 2020 onwards. This decision was taken by the COVID-19 Crisis Management Committee.

The government has eased down the lockdown in Kathmandu Valley. With this relaxation of lockdown, shops now are operational with time bound limitations and restrictions. They have to run their businesses under the said guidelines and instructions. As a result travel controls have been relaxed, airlines, hotels, and restaurants would continue to comply with strict isolation and mask protocols. 

This news is a welcoming sign for trekking companies after a long pause. Though the chances of gaining profits are grim the company owners look forward to starting its operations. They will be running their companies in compliance with all the health and safety guidelines established by the government. Domestic airlines would have to follow strict safety guidelines for check-in, ramp buses, and on-board aircraft. Flights will initially only fly from countries that have been less affected by the global Covid-19 pandemic. The government did not elaborate on which countries would be first, but did say that more countries will be added gradually. This could mean that all nations are welcome in Nepal but travelers will only be able to fly in from low risk countries in the initial phase.

Amidst all the uncertainties and turmoil to everybody’s surprise two expeditions were permitted to climb in Nepal. One was a special permit for an all-Nepali expedition to Mt. Baruntse, which had already left for base camp and the other for a 15-member Bahraini military expedition to Mt. Manaslu, which included three British people. Resumption of trekking is good news for all the trekkers waiting for the official announcement. Now that they have permission, they can freely start to prepare for their trekking venture. However, the trekkers and travelers looking forward to making a visit can fly here without a doubt. However they should carry a negative PCR report not older than 72 hours to enter the Nepalese soil.

What is open in Nepal?

As of September 1st, 2020 the following businesses will resume operations

Hotels and accommodation facilities 

Tourism related activities

Restaurants

Trekking and climbing permits

On a positive note Nepal is probably one of the most visually gorgeous places you can visit with safety. From Mount Everest to the birthplace of the Buddha and the ancient buildings of Kathmandu, there is so much to see and do in this small but stunning country. So assessing the situation and the downtrend of COVID scare makes it a brighter corner of the world to visit. Come here without the slightest of doubts to enjoy nature at its blissful best.

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