If you are going to travel in Nepal, Please follow some General safety and security while you travel in Nepal. Crises or unexpected happenings can occur at anytime, anywhere during traveling. Therefore, we at Nepal Visitors recommend all tourists to be well planned for such situations before traveling. In case tourists encounter crises or emergency situations, the Board will intervene and co-ordinate to advise the tourism industry and other agencies (such as health services, foreign embassies, press, security and rescue associations) to help ensure the safety of tourists and the provision of accurate information to the tourists’ kin.
Safety of tourists is the prime concern of tourist service providers like tour operators, accommodation providers as well as the Nepal Government security forces.
Natural calamities as well as man-made disasters could occur while traveling to any place and we suggest that tourists be fully acquainted with the kinds of crises/ emergency situations they might encounter before traveling. Natural calamities can include avalanche, earthquake, fire, flood, mudslide, medical epidemic, snowstorm, frost bite, altitude sickness and snow blindness etc. Similarly, man-made calamities can also create hurdle in regular functioning and movement of tourists. Such situations could include: protests, street blockades, strikes, closures, political and civil unrest, harassment, accident, local conflict and war etc.
We recommend that you note the following points for your safety and security:
- Please carry certified copies of passport, insurance papers and your other documents and keep the originals in the safe deposit of your hotel.
- In case of loss, theft, cheating, robbery, contact the Tourist Police or the nearest Police Station.
- Please take care of your valuables and belongings i.e. cash and kind, and never leave anything unattended.
- Always use Government authorized travel, trekking and rafting agencies and transportation services.
- Please exchange money at authorized money exchange dealers and retain the slip.
- Please note taxi and bus numbers before traveling.
- On arrival in Nepal, please register yourself at your respective embassy.
- Please drink only treated water, boiled water or sealed mineral water. You can buy sealed mineral water bottle from local vendors and water purifiers from medical shops.
For Mountaineers and Trekkers:
- Please obtain your TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) Card before you start the trekking.
- Mountaineers and high-altitude trekkers, please look up on information regarding Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), which can develop and lead to fatal consequences while trekking above 3,000 meters.
- Please do not consume alcohol while trekking above 3,000 meters.
- Please use designated routes and do not deviate from normal trekking routes.
- Please trek in groups rather than trekking alone.
- When trekking around high altitude and steep areas, please use walking sticks to balance the body and probe the ground. This will also help avoid pressure on the knees when descending.
- Please carry torch, raincoat and first aid kit.
- Please carry mosquito repellant while traveling to southern lowlands.
- For altitude sickness and medical help in high-altitude areas please contact the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA).
- For helicopter evacuation while trekking or mountaineering, please contact your local agency.
During Bandhs and Strikes:
- Please avoid large crowds, protests and procession groups.
- Tourist transportation services are in operation even during bandhs or strikes.
- During strikes and bandhs, shuttle buses provide transportation to tourists between downtown and Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and Thamel.
- For information and updates regarding bandhs and strikes, please contact your nearest police station.
Tourist Police is a specialized unit of the Nepal Police, which was established in 1979 under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Tourism Industry Division. The main responsibility of Tourist Police is to look after the welfare of the tourists while they are in Nepal. Its job is to help and assist tourists for their safety and security during their travel and stay in Nepal.
Or you may contact to the following address in Kathmandu:
Nepal Tourism Board
Tourist Service Center
P.O. Box: 11018
Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel : 977.1.4256909
Fax : 977.1.4256910
E-mail : [email protected]
Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN)
P.O. Box : 3612
Address : Maligaun Ganeshthan, Kathmandu
Tel. No. : 977-1-4427473, 4440920, 4440921
Fax : 977-1-4419245
Email : [email protected]
Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS), Counter
Hunting No: 014443003