Nepal

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Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory

Singapore has implemented the SafeTravel Lanes to facilitate travel while safeguarding public health amidst the COVID-19  pandemic. Travellers should refer to the ICA SafeTravel website for the latest information on travelling to/from or transiting through Singapore. Residents of Singapore intending to depart Singapore are strongly advised to check the latest MOH Travel Advisory for outbound travel. For the latest updates on Singapore's COVID-19 situation, please refer to the MOH website at https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19.  

 

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, all travellers entering Nepal are required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or produce a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test completed no more than 72 hours prior to departure. Non-vaccinated or partially vaccinated passengers are also required to show a pre-approved visa and proof of a hotel booking that allows at least ten days of quarantine in Nepal. Travellers are required to purchase travel insurance that covers health, immediate crisis, or rescue for the duration of travel, and complete an online International Travel Arrival form.

 

You may also wish to refer to the Department of Immigration of Nepal's website at https://www.immigration.gov.np/ or the COVID-19 Crisis Management Coordinator Center of Nepal's website at https://ccmc.gov.np for updates. As entry restrictions may change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the nearest Embassy of Nepal, to ensure that you have accurate information for your specific purpose prior to departure.

 

We advise Singaporeans travelling or living in Nepal to take the necessary precautions and exercise personal responsibility at all times. While the Singapore High Commission in New Delhi is accredited to Nepal, Singapore has no physical diplomatic presence in Nepal.

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Singaporeans may stay up to 90 days in Nepal with a visa issued on arrival, which can be obtained at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border. Visa fees are payable in USD. Money-changing and ATM services are available at the airport, but credit card payment is not a reliable option. Tourists may stay no more than 150 days in any given calendar year. As visa requirements often change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the nearest Consulate of Nepal in Singapore for up-to-date information. There should be at least six months' validity on your passport from the expected date of departure from Nepal.

If your passport is lost or stolen in Nepal, you will need to do the following:

  1. Lodge a police report with the Nepali authorities. 
  2. Contact the Singapore High Commission in New Delhi. Our Consular officer will e-mail you a fingerprint verification form which you will have to fill up, scan and send back.  
  3. Upon verification, you will have to arrange for a NOK to submit the application for a new passport on your behalf at ICA in Singapore. Your NOK will also have to make arrangements to mail your new passport to you once it is ready.
  4. If you have lost your passport and need to return to Singapore urgently, the High Commission will issue you a Document of Identity (DOI) after verification. To process your DOI, you must provide one passport-sized colour photograph and a fee of Rs 750 (subject to change) to the High Commission. The DOI can be couriered to you at your own expense.

A Singaporean who is travelling with a replacement passport in Nepal must bring the replacement passport to the Department of Immigration of Nepal to receive an exit visa. This exit visa allows the traveller a specified period of time in which to leave the country legally. The above requirement also applies if you are issued a DOI.  The Department of Immigration address is:

Department of Immigration

Kalikasthan, Kathmandu

Telephone: +977-01-4429659

Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM

Nepal is in a major earthquake zone and remains at risk of further earthquakes and aftershocks. You should familiarise yourself with safety procedures in the event of an earthquake. Flooding and landslides often occur during the monsoon season (June to September). Road travel anywhere can be hazardous, particularly in rural areas. Never trek alone. Use a reputable agency, remain on established routes, and walk with at least one other person.  

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Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [Updated on 14 October 2021]

Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take the necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws, customs, and COVID-19 restrictions, including immigration procedures and entry requirements.

Demonstrations do occur in major cities across the world. Such demonstrations can sometimes escalate into violence. It is important for Singaporeans to keep abreast of local news, avoid any protests or demonstrations and heed the advice of the local authorities.

When participating in outdoor leisure activities overseas, Singaporeans should be mindful that certain sporting activities, especially in open seas, may carry risks. Besides ensuring that one has the physical competencies and appropriate condition to undertake the activity, every effort should be made to ascertain if the trip organiser or guide is reliable and competent, and that appropriate safety and contingency plans are in place. When in doubt, Singaporeans should consult the relevant professional bodies or sporting associations for specific advice.

For those planning to travel, here are some tips:

Before travelling

  • Familiarise yourself with our network of overseas missions.
  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.
  • Equip yourself with research about your destination’s entry requirements, current situation, local laws and customs.
  • eRegister with us on our website (www.mfa.gov.sg) so that we may reach out to you during an emergency.

While travelling

  • Always take care of your personal safety, remain vigilant and monitor local weather news, advisories, and security developments.
  • Exercise caution around large gatherings and avoid locations known for demonstrations or disturbances.
  • Be prepared for possible delays and last-minute changes in travel plans especially during unforeseen events such as natural disasters, social unrests or terror attacks.
  • Stay connected with your friends and family. Inform them of your whereabouts and provide them with your overseas contact details.
  • In the event that you require consular assistance, please contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.

Advisory: Email Scams

There have been reports of individuals receiving scam emails/messages purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas.  These emails/messages typically originate from an email address/social media known to the receiver bearing claims of the sender getting into trouble overseas and urgently requesting financial assistance.  The sender would also claim to have approached a Singapore Embassy/Consulate and the local Police for help to no avail.

MFA takes the safety of all Singaporeans very seriously.  Singaporeans in distress approaching our Overseas Missions for assistance will be rendered with all necessary consular assistance.  If you receive such emails/messages from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails/messages before responding to their request.  It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport nos., address, telephone number, etc.  Any form of reply, even one of non-interest, could result in more unsolicited emails.  Members of the public who suspect that they have fallen prey to such scams should report the matter to the Police immediately.  Should Singaporeans abroad require consular assistance, they can contact the nearest Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.

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