Visas and Health in Nepal
Whatever the reason you choose to travel to Nepal, consider taking out travel or expat health insurance for you and your family. You will leave with peace of mind and can prevent financial, health, and legal risks that would arise unexpectedly. Guarantees for repatriation, hospitalization, civil liability and other emergency medical expenses are essential, regardless of your destination.
Political regime: Parliamentary monarchy
Area: 147,181 sq km
Population: 29.3 million
Languages spoken: Nepali, English and local dialects
Currency: Nepalese rupee
All visitors, with the exception of Indians, will be required to carry a visa that can vary in duration from 15 days to 2 months (with multiple entry). They can be extended for up to 3 months by applying on site for $50/month. Hikers must obtain trekking permits, also issued on site.
French Embassy in Kathmandu
Lazimpat – BP 452 – Kathmandu
Tel: 977 412 332 – 414 734
Fax: 977 418 288
Nepalese Embassy in Paris
45 bis, rue des Acacias – 75017 Paris
Vaccines and Safety in Nepal
- Compulsory vaccines and certificates: nothing special except yellow fever for travellers from endemic areas.
- Recommended vaccines and certificates: be up-to-date on the vaccine schedule for typhoid, meningitis A and C, rabies, DTP, viral hepatitis A and B, and if prolonged stay in rural areas, Japanese encephalitis.
- Local diseases: insect bites that can transmit, for example, malaria (in Tera province), dengue fever, and Japanese encephalitis. Contact with dogs or any other wild life animals that can transmit rabies. Food and beverage-related diseases such as traveler’s diarrhea, salmonellosis, hepatitis A and E, amoebiasis.
Double your vigilance as small thefts are common, especially on tourist sites. From September to November, the festival season is on the way and at the same time the increase in thefts (including robbery, pickpocketing and burglary). Particular attention is paid to women traveling alone who are more likely to be victims of violence, notably assaults and injecting the rapist’s drug into the glass or bottle, although rarer (but increasing). Even though the drug has been banned since 1973, drug dealers continue to offer them to tourists, do not succumb, at the risks of having serious problems with the police.
Be very vigilant during the monsoon season (early June to the end of September), which is also unequal in the country, i.e. the south and east receive more rain than the north and west. Indeed, floods and landslides are not uncommon and can be very deadly.
Due to political risks, it is strongly advised to follow the news of the country on the embassy website and to have the emergency numbers on you.
Health insurance in Nepal
Why take international health insurance when traveling or living in Nepal? Simply because health spending quickly reaches very high amounts abroad. On the other hand, health insurance is compulsory in Nepal in order to be covered in a public or private institution. In addition, the repatriation guarantee is an essential criterion. In the event of a serious accident it is sometimes necessary to carry out a medicalized repatriation to the nearest medical center or to the country of residence. Depending on where you are at the time of the accident, and depending on the medical prognosis, it may be necessary to charter a helicopter or a medicalized aircraft.
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