Kathmandu, November 2
With the government easing the ban on foreign tourists, tourists from abroad have started coming to Nepal. According to the Immigration Department, the movement of foreign nationals, which was negligible till last July, has started increasing after August. The number has also increased in September.
Rajendra Sapkota, a tourism entrepreneur, informed that the government had allowed non-arrival visas on the recommendation of the Department of Tourism and Travel Entrepreneurs after October 17.
"There is a glimmer of hope," he said.
The government has announced that Nepal is open for mountaineering and trekking from October 17. Tourists with insurance of 500,000 in Corona have started to provide an on arrival visa in Nepal if they ask for a schedule of trekking or mountaineering days, mountaineering, and hiking permits.
Prior to that, only employees of foreign diplomatic missions, representatives of development partner organizations and their families were allowed.
After that, the government had opened the door for foreign workers to work in Nepal's development work. After arriving in Nepal, all foreign nationals have to stay in the hotel quarantine for 7 days.
According to the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), it has been recommended to provide on arrival visas to 80 tourists who have completed preparations for their visit to Nepal since October 17. This is the figure for Saturday.
According to TAAN Chairman Khum Bahadur Subedi, these 80 tourists want to come to Nepal for a pure visit.
Apart from this, the arrival of foreigners on the recommendation of the embassy for various purposes in Nepal is not included in it.
According to the Immigration Department, a total of 137 foreigners came to Nepal in July 2020. In that month, 22,932 Nepalis had returned home.
Foreign arrivals increased to 411 in August. The arrival of Nepalis in this month was 15,822.
The number of foreign tourist arrivals has reached 1191 in October. This number is the highest in Chaityata.
The number of Nepalis arriving in September was 46,048. Entrepreneurs expect more tourist arrivals in November.
Because the most suitable season for trekking in Nepal is now running, at this time, the trek to the Everest base camp is more frequent.
The domestic tourists who took the opportunity of the Dashain holiday have now made the businessmen more enthusiastic.
According to TAAN Chairman Subedi, Pokhara and Chitwan are regular destinations for domestic tourists. There is a lot of activity in these two destinations.
Apart from this, trekking in the Everest base area, trekking in Mardi Himal under Annapurna trekking and more domestic tourists have reached Langtang. He said that this had made the hoteliers in the local area excited.
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