Three countries the United States, the United Kingdom and New Zealand have lifted restriction to travel Nepal for their citizens. Nepal was hit hard by the devastating earthquake in 25th April and followed by numerous aftershocks, however things are all getting back to normal and citizens of Nepal have gone back to their as usual day to day life. The restriction has been lifted to travel Nepal except to the much more affected district.
Almost all the countries had advised and issued travel advisory, advising their citizens not to travel Nepal until further notice. The aftershocks are slowly decreasing in number and the scenarios are completely different in comparison to the past 2 months. More countries are likely to lift the travel restriction to Nepal, said by the officials of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).
New Zealand was among the first countries to inform the NTB (Nepal Tourism Board) that it has revived its travel advisory and lowered the risk level which was raised during the earthquake and immediate aftershocks. However it has kept some district on high risk list.
“There is high risk to your safety in the districts designated as earthquake-affected by Nepal. We advise against all tourists and other non-essential travel to these districts due to earthquake damage, ongoing relief and recovery efforts and the risk of landslides and avalanches” said New Zealand Embassy in New Delhi.
On May 1st the United States had issued travel advisory against Nepal, stating its citizens not to travel Nepal unless it is an emergency. However after 2 months the government of United States on Thursday July 2nd updated the travel advisory stating the restriction have been lifted and it is safe to travel Nepal.
The US Department of State on its website. “We encourage travelers to consult carefully with their travel and trekking agencies for current, location-specific information.”
The following day on July 3rd Friday, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the United Kingdom updated its foreign travel advisory advising against all, but essential travel to the districts affected by the earthquake in Nepal.
“Seek local advice from your tour operator, the tourist police or the Nepal Tourism Board on whether it’s safe to travel, particularly on remote trekking routes away from the main roads.” Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the United Kingdom.
Gorkha, Kavrepalanchok, Dhading, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Sindupalchok, Dolakha, Ramechhap, Okhaldhunga and Makwanpur has been designated as earthquake-affected by Government of Nepal and have requested to be careful when travelling to those districts.
The NTB Officials said Canada is also set to revive its travel advisory, whereas Netherlands and Switzerland have continued to advise its citizen to take caution while visiting Nepal.
“The softening of the travel warnings is a welcome sign for the Nepal’s tourism industry, which has already been experiencing a downturn, it will also ease the travel insurance process for many people planning a vacation in Nepal” said Ashok Pokhrel, president of the Nepal Association of Tour Operators (NATO).
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