Nepal restricts Visa on Arrival for 5 countries; Visit Nepal 2020 campaign suspended

As a step towards the prevention of Corona COVID-19 Virus prevention, the government of Nepal has decided to restrict the entry of citizens from China, Japan, South Korea, Italy, and Iran to enter Nepal in Visa-on-arrival entry. The citizens from the above-mentioned countries shall need to obtain a visa prior to their travel from the embassies of Nepal in the respective countries from now on. The suspension on the visa process will last from March 7 to March 31.

A meeting of high level government task force formed to prevent the outbreak of coronavirus led by Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister came out with the decision yesterday. Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) took a decision to this effect today in consultation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to the ministry officials.

Nepal government has decided to suspend the Visit Nepal Year 2020 promotion campaign in foreign countries owing to the coronavirus outbreak in various parts of the world. The  Minister for Tourism, Culture, and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai informed that the government is now focusing on the promotion of domestic tourism. All the planned promotion of VNY 2020 at the international level has been suspended for the time being he added.

The virus has been seen to be engulfing the western countries very recently. Italy confirmed infections had risen 40% in 24 hours to 1,576, with the death toll now at 34. In Germany, the number of people infected had almost doubled to 129 on Sunday, while France’s total stood at 100 – up from 38 on Friday – nine of them in a serious condition.

Iran meanwhile raised its death toll from 43 to 54 as its number of confirmed infections rose by more than half to 978, amid continuing concerns that official figures still do not reflect the full scale of the outbreak there.

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