An interaction was held on January 17, 2021, by NTB with representatives from the private sector tourism industry of Nepal regarding recommendations to facilitate quick recovery of tourism and relief for the industry. As per the interaction, the existing protocol had quiet compacted Nepal’s image in the international market and urged the government to relax provisions.
After the interaction with tourism stakeholders, NTB made this conclusion by proposing the following provisions in revising the protocol:
On-arrival visa service should resume.
The PCR test requirement should be waived for the children below five years of age whereas others should submit a report certifying they are coronavirus negative from a test done 16 hours before they began the journey.
Tourists from other countries except India should undergo a PCR test after arriving in Nepal, and testing negative in it should allow them to travel freely without quarantine. Provisions for Indian nationals should be as agreed between the two governments while launching the Air Bubble service.
All Nepal-India border points should open, letting people enter the country by submitting a PCR negative report from a test within the last 96 hours.
Those vaccinated against Covid-19 should not submit any test report, neither should they quarantine and test themselves in Nepal.