Saturday, July 4, 2015

Hema Malini never enquired about our child

The distraught father of the two-year-old girl, who died in a car crash with actor Hema Malini’s sedan, is inconsolable, while the injured mother is constantly asking “Chinni kahan hai?”, not knowing her daughter is dead. The family is even more hurt that neither the actor nor her aides bothered to ask about their well-being though, they say, the accident was caused by her speeding car.
The mother’s uncle, who did not wish to be identified by name, said: “We have told the father, Hanuman Khandelwal, of the death of the child in the accident. He was shocked and has been crying since yesterday night. We try to console him but fail to do so. “But we have not told the mother as she is still in a bad condition after the accident,” the relative said. 

The family was travelling in an Alto car when it was smashed by Ms. Malini’s Mercedes car coming from the opposite direction. The car was being driven by the BJP MP’s driver Mahesh Thakur, with the film actor seated inside. The accident took place on Thursday night near Dausa, over 50 km from here.
“We only tell her that she is fine and with us. We do not have the guts to tell her about the death as we are afraid how she will react. Chinni was the most lovable daughter in the family,” the relative said. He said Hema Malini’s car was speeding, and this caused the accident.
The family is bitter that the BJP MP could have at least checked up on the condition of the family after the accident but she did not do so. “We know she (Hema Malini) was also hurt but at least she could have enquired about the well being of the family... (She could have) asked the doctors to give (the family) proper treatment,” said the relative.
Doctors at the SMS Hospital said the family was doing “well”. Rajasthan Medical and Health Minister Rajendra Rathore visited them on Thursday night and directed the hospital to provide free treatment. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje also visited the accident victims. Hema Malini is doing “fine”, doctors at the Fortis Hospital said. 
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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Travel Insurance Nepal

Travel Insurance is compulsory on all of our tours, and links to some suggested providers are given below. We do not sell travel insurance ourselves.

Our partners at WorldwideInsure offer policies suitable for most of our tours (UK residents / EU residents / if you would like any more information or are unsure about how to arrange travel insurance if you are not a UK resident.

After you book with us you will receive details of a Stand Alone Safe Seat Planwhich we issue for your financial protection - this is not a travel insurance policy - please see our Financial Security page for details.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your insurance provides sufficient cover appropriate for the activities included in the tour. You must provide us with the details of your insurer, your policy number, and the policy emergency telephone number before departure (if you do not provide us with these details, then you will not be allowed to join the tour, and no refund will be due).

Your insurance must cover you for the following:
Medical Expenses & Repatriation

We also strongly recommend that you obtain cover for the following:
Cancellation & Curtailment
Personal Effects, Baggage & Money
Travel Delays, Abandonment & Missed Departure
Personal liability (group travellers)


Most travel insurance policies will fit most of our holidays. However, many will not cover the altitudes gained on some of our trekking tours. Please check the tour factsheet for details of the activities involved and the maximum altitude gained on your trek and ensure your policy will cover these.

We are happy to recommend our partners at WorldwideInsure for policies to cover trekking over 2,000m (UK residents / EU residents / Worldwide residents). Their normal policy covers trekking up to 4,000m, with extra supplements available if you will travel up to 5,000m or 6,000m.

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Travelling to Nepal? Have you thought of your travel insurance?
Accidents and illnesses cannot be prevented when travelling to Nepal. Medical urgencies cannot only ruin your trip, but they can also dig a deep hole in your wallet. This is where an international travel health insurance comes into play.

When shopping for a travel insurance for Nepal, you should never accept less than:
Medical and hospitalization coverage. In the case of hospitalization in Nepal, the insurance company should be able to cover the expenses directly so you do not have to pay from your own pocket and then ask for a reimbursement.
Medical repatriation assistance. If something bad happens, you want to make sure you can be sent back home to be treated.
An urgency hotline that can be contacted 24/7/365. You never know when you'll need it, but you do know you want someone to be there if an emergency arises.
Civil liability coverage. If you accidentally hurt someone or damage private property.

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Travel to Nepal with Travel Insurance

Nepal is an absolutely stunning location; the huge peaks of the Himalaya, including the world's highest peak Mount Everest enchant all who visit. Nepal has an ancient culture with many fine examples of art and architecture and also boasts great outdoor activities such as climbing, white water rafting and hiking.
It is easy to gain access to Nepal from neighbouring India and the people of Nepal are very relaxed, offering a nice break from the crowded Indian plains.
One of the friendliest capitals in the world, Kathmandu is an awe inspiring place packed with intricate temples. From Kathmandu , it is only a short way to the nearby city of Patan with its amazing Durbar square steeped in history. Bhaktapur is older still and offers some fascinating insights into the famous architecture of Newari. An absolute must are the holy cities of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, with the largest Stupa in the whole of Nepal.

For those wanting to marvel at the Himalayas leave the Kathmandu Valley for Pokhara. Surrounded by mountains of 8 kilometres and upwards, the sights are truly awe inspiring and are sometimes described as being the ‘roof of the world'. For those visitors looking to see some wildlife the Royal Chitwan national park has many unexpected animals for a mountainous region including crocodiles & rhino's. It is also possible to visit Tibet from Nepal.

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Hike In Nepal

Nepal is one of the main destinations that any keen hiker should seriously consider. With some of the most stunning hiking over snow-covered mountains and through deep valleys, alongside incredible food, fascinating culture and warm, friendly people, a trip to Nepal will have a deep impact upon any traveller.

Around the Himalayas there are some fantastic walking tracks catered to each individual's level of hiking experience. Whether you are just after a lengthy day-trip, or are more interested in a longer expedition mixed with camping, there is something for you.

The first thing most of us think of when we consider hiking in Nepal is the rugged Himalayan mountain ranges and of course the world's highest point, Mount Everest. Though conquering Everest is certainly not something that any old traveller can dream of doing, there are plenty of other demanding, exciting and challenging hikes available for hikers of all levels of experience.

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You may not be able to climb Everest, but you can get close by hiking to Base Camp. To get to Everest takes a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, which is one of Nepal's busiest airstrips for obvious reasons. The hike from Lukla to Base Camp takes 8 days and is not to be underestimated. Finishing the hike to Base Camp is challenging and extremely rewarding, and you must be very well prepared.

Another popular area in Nepal for hikers is the Annapurna region. Though it may not be as well known as the Everest Base Camp, the natural beauty in this region is almost indescribable. Any trek will involve stunning and endless snow-covered mountains, and never-ending photo opportunities.

There are three major treks in this region: the Annapurna Circuit, the Annapurna Sanctuary Route and the Jomson Trek. These are the routes that attract the majority of Nepal's hiking tourists worldwide through their stunning scenery and lowland villages. The town of Pokhara is a picturesque starting point for any of these walks, as well as other shorter treks.

Hiking in Nepal is a fantastic way to experience some of the world's most diverse and stunning scenery and challenging trails, as well as to experience first-hand Nepali culture. The food is to die for and the people are friendly and willing to share their culture, so make the most out of all aspects of your hiking holiday in Nepal.

As with any holiday worldwide, whether hiking or not, travel insurance is a necessity. You never know what is going to happen to you, and the risk of an accident increases dramatically when trekking. Withouthiking insurance you could find yourself forking out thousands and thousands for medical expenses and emergency assistance which will ruin your holiday and leave you with a financial burden that could last years. Once you have decided on a hiking holiday, book ski travel insurance immediately to protect your health, money and belongings should anything go wrong

Travel Advice for Nepal

The political situation in Nepal is changeable. There are frequent bandhs (shutdowns), rallies and demonstrations, which can be violent and cause widespread disruption. If you are travelling in Nepal, you should remain vigilant, avoid demonstrations, and stay in close touch with your tour operator. See Safety and Security - Political Situation and Safety and Security -Local Travel.

The Monsoon season in Nepal normally runs from June to September and can make travel in rural areas hazardous. Travellers can view weather forecasts at the Government of Nepal Meteorological Forecasting Division website. See Natural Disasters.

Most visits to Nepal are trouble-free. 19 British nationals required consular assistance in Nepal in the period 01 April 2011 - 31 March 2012. See General - Consular Assistance.

Nepal is considered to be at high risk of a major earthquake. See Natural Disasters - Earthquakes.

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. See General - Insurance.


All travellers to Nepal are advised to register with the Consular Section at the British Embassy via the FCO's LOCATE page. In addition travellers should inform their family and friends in the UK of their itinerary.

Safety and Security - Terrorism
There is a general threat from terrorism. Attacks can be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. There continue to be isolated incidents of bomb attacks (small improvised explosive devices), shootings and political violence across Nepal, including in Kathmandu. These incidents have resulted in the death and injury of Nepalese civilians. Tourists have only very occasionally been injured. These actions are carried out by a variety of political and criminal groups, especially in the Terai (southern plains). You should exercise caution in public places and take local advice.

Recent significant incidents include:

On 30 April 2012, a bomb exploded during a political protest in Janakpur, south-east of Nepal, killing four people.

A bomb exploded at the entrance to the Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) in Kathmandu on 27 February 2012, close to the offices of the Supreme Court, the Prime Minister and other parts of government. According to local reports, three people have been killed and seven injured.

Four explosive devices were detonated between 25 to 28 March 2011 on public buses operating in the Terai region. One person died and 44 people were injured.

Safety and Security - Crime

Most visitors to Nepal experience a trouble-free stay. But crimes such as assault and theft against foreigners in Kathmandu and throughout the country continue to increase.

Pick-pocketing and bag-snatching are common in Kathmandu, particularly in tourist areas. Airports, buses and hotel rooms are also targeted by criminals. The areas of Thamel, Sanepa and Kupondol in Kathmandu have seen a sharp rise in petty theft and burglary against foreigners. Incidents of bag-snatching by motor-bikers are on the rise, particularly in relatively quieter areas of Kathmandu Valley. There are increasing reports of foreigners being injured in the course of such incidents. Assaults and robberies often occur in the evening in areas that are poorly lit; however, attacks against foreigners have occurred in broad daylight.

British nationals should exercise caution when walking around Kathmandu at night, especially in areas experiencing power cuts. Avoid walking on your own; avoid carrying large sums of cash and keep valuables safe and out of sight. Elsewhere in the Kathmandu Valley, you should avoid walking alone in isolated areas.

Visitors should consider exchanging money only at banks and hotels. Valuables should be stored in hotel safety deposit boxes and should never be left unattended in hotel rooms.

Bars and restaurants are now required to close at midnight as part of a Government crackdown on illegal activities. This means that after this time the streets around the city are poorly lit and relatively few people are about. Foreigners remaining in bars and clubs after hours are known to have been detained by the police.

You should exercise caution when entering ‘dance bars’ as some foreigners have been swindled or harassed in some of these establishments. As elsewhere, you should exercise judgement when accepting drinks from strangers, and should not leave your drinks unattended.

Victims of crime should call the Tourist Police in Kathmandu on 01 4700750 or the Tourist Police headquarters on 01 4247041.

There have been reports of trekkers being robbed where violence or the direct threat of violence has been used. Isolated incidences of rape have also been reported on trekking routes, and female travellers in particular should stay vigilant.

There have been a number of incidents of sexual assault against foreigners in Nepal. Three separate incidents of foreign nationals being sexually assaulted in the Thamel area of Kathmandu have been reported to date in 2011. Be aware of the use of date rape drugs. You should avoid walking alone in isolated areas, especially at night and do not go off with people you do not know. See: Rape and Sexual Assault Overseas.

If trekking, use a reputable trekking agency, remain on established routes, and walk in groups. We recommend that you do not trek alone and should avoid becoming separated from your group at any time (see section on Trekking in Nepal below).

Safety and Security - Trekking in Nepal

Trekking in Nepal often involves travelling to very remote areas. Treks often take longer than expected, which can worry family and friends. The availability of phone (including mobile phone reception) and Internet services is extremely limited. It is likely that during a trek you will be unable to contact family and friends for a long period of time.

During the winter months from November to January, flights across Nepal, particularly in high mountain areas, can be delayed due to poor weather conditions.

In November 2010 flights from Lukla were delayed for over one week. The Nepalese Army coordinated a rescue of more than 1,500 people from the area.

In November 2011, domestic flights across Nepal were cancelled or delayed due to seasonal weather conditions.

You should keep in close touch with your tour operator or guide. You will have to consider waiting for the weather to clear or arrange to trek down from the mountains and make alternative travel arrangements. You should liaise with your airline should you have to change your onward travel arrangements. Please keep your family informed of your situation and any change to your travel plans. You are required to have a valid visa in your passport to leave Nepal. If your visa has expired you will have to arrange an extension at the Department of Immigration, prior to your departure.

The Government of Nepal Meteorological Forecasting Division provides weather updates (in English):

The Government of Nepal has authorised the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) and the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) to implement a system for foreign trekkers called the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS). Trekkers, including those not with organised groups, are required to have a valid TIMS card issued by TAAN, its member agencies, or NTB. In case of an emergency, the system will help authorities ascertain the whereabouts of trekkers. TIMS cards are available through authorised trekking companies, the TAAN office in Kathmandu or Pokhara, and the NTB office. Trekkers travelling through a trekking company will pay $10 and independent trekkers will pay $20 per route. For further information please visit Trekking Nepal, TAAN orNaturally Nepal.

Safety and Security - Trekking in Nepal - Advice for Trekkers:

Make sure that your insurance covers you for the altitude you are due to be trekking at. We recommend that you consider including cover for mountain rescue (evacuation by helicopter).
Be aware of the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). For further information on AMS please check:
Ensure that you, your trekking guide or company has registered your trek with the Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS). Rules state that foreign trekkers will not be allowed access to National Parks without a valid TIMS card.
You should never trek alone; there have been instances of solo trekkers being attacked. Recently a solo trekker was found murdered.
Since 2003, four British nationals and eight other foreign nationals who had been trekking alone were reported missing.
Independent trekkers are recommended to use a reputable local guide as there have been reports of rogue guides robbing trekkers. Ensure that you and your guide are properly equipped and insured for the trek you intend to undertake. In very remote areas you may wish to consider renting a satellite phone – seek advice from your tour company.
Make sure someone at home has a copy of your itinerary.
Register your route at the entrance to the parks/conservation areas.
If your plans change try and call or email home to let people know you are alright.
Never venture from your planned route or itinerary without leaving someone a message to tell them what route you plan to take.
Safety and Security - Local Travel
Major street demonstrations, disturbances and road blockades occur frequently in Kathmandu and elsewhere in the country, in particular in the Terai and Eastern region of Nepal, often at very short notice. In the past, such events have suddenly turned violent. Transport can also be severely disrupted; roads and highways could be blocked. In the event of planned strike action, you should allow extra time to return to Kathmandu if you have an international flight to catch.

British Nationals are advised to avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings and remain vigilant at all times. You should also take local advice including from tour operators about the situation.

Kathmandu Valley-wide transport bans can be called at very short notice. When these bans are in place the Nepal Tourism Board and the Nepal Tourist Police in conjunction with the Himalayan Rescue Association run Shuttle Bus Services between various hotels in Kathmandu and the Domestic and International Airports. The Shuttle bus service phone number is (01) 4442555, mobile 9751044088. The Tourist Police Hotline phone number is (01) 4247041. The Nepal Tourism Board Hotline phone number is (01) 4225709.

If you are concerned about the areas you are travelling to, please keep a close watch on the local media, seek advice from your hotel or guesthouse, or contact the British Embassy in Kathmandu on arrival for up-to-date advice on the security situation, which can change rapidly.

Safety and Security - Road Travel
You must have an International Driving Permit to drive a vehicle in Nepal. Carry your licence with you at all times when driving as well as any documents relating to the vehicle itself.

The general standard of driving throughout the country is poor and badly regulated. Roads in Kathmandu are very congested. Many drivers are not properly licensed, trained or insured and vehicles are poorly maintained. There are few pavements outside central Kathmandu and motorists do not yield right of way to pedestrians.

Other road users often have scant regard for motorbikes and bicycles (which are available for rent in Kathmandu, Pokhara and some other destinations). It is the law to wear a helmet when riding a motorbike. You should also wear a suitable helmet when riding as a passenger, and when riding a bicycle.

Bus travel is particularly hazardous and multiple-fatality accidents are common. Avoid travel on overnight buses. On some routes (e.g. Kathmandu to Pokhara) tourist buses are available.

Road conditions are generally poor and difficult even in the best of conditions. During the Monsoon season (June to September) many roads outside the Kathmandu Valley are prone to landslides and become impassable.

Safety and Security - Air Travel
There have been several recent airline accidents in Nepal.

On 14 May 2012, an Agni Air flight carrying 21 passengers crashed while landing at Jomson Airport in northern Nepal. 15 people were killed in the incident. There were no British casualties.

On 25 September 2011 a Buddha Air flight crashed in the Lalitpur district, south of Kathmandu. 19 people died in the accident.

On 15 December 2010 a Tara Air flight crashed in the Okhaldhunga region, east of Kathmandu. 22 people died in the accident.

On 24 August 2010 an Agni Air flight crashed in the Makwanpur region, southwest of Kathmandu. 14 people died in the accident.

There are several domestic airlines operating in Nepal offering flights across Nepal. Check weather conditions before travelling with domestic airlines. Bad weather conditions in mountainous and hill regions can increase the risk to safety and cause lengthy delays.

Information on global airline safety is available through the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s audit of aviation safety oversight and also the Aviation Safety network.

The British Embassy cannot offer advice about which domestic airlines are safer than others.

Safety and Security - Political Situation
Nepal’s political parties failed to reach an agreement on the new Constitution before the required deadline and the Constituent Assembly’s mandate expired on 27 May. There is deep public anger at the political stalemate. There may be some street protests and disruptions as uncertainty over the political situation continues.

Visitors should be vigilant and be ready to move away from areas of Kathmandu and other main towns if large crowds start to gather.


Drugs are a growing problem in Nepal and the authorities are determined to tackle and control the problem. Penalties for drugs related offences are severe. Possession of small amounts of marijuana can lead to a prison sentence in excess of five years, usually after a lengthy and expensive legal process. The availability of Class A drugs are on the rise and an increasing number of people are being caught smuggling drugs in to and out of the country.

You should respect local customs. Women should avoid wearing shorts and sleeveless tops in public places where this might be seen as inappropriate. Shoes should be removed before entering certain holy places. Non-Hindus are not permitted in certain temples.

For further information on Local laws, customs and travellers tips you should check the website of the Nepalese Embassy in the United Kingdom:


Entry Requirements - Visas
Visas are required for travel to Nepal.

To apply for a Nepalese visa in the United Kingdom you should contact the Nepalese Embassy, 12A, Kensington Palace Gardens, London, W8 4QU (Tel: +20 7229 1594 or 6231 or 5352); (Fax: +20 7792 9861) Full details can also be found on their website.

Visas are available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport and at certain land borders. You may pay in pounds at the airport, and should bring two passport-sized photos. If you wish to stay for more than 60 days you can extend your visa up to 30 days by applying to the Nepalese Department of Immigration at Kalikasthan, Kathmandu (Tel: +977 1 4429659); (Fax: +977 14433935).

Overstaying without authority is serious and you can be detained or refused permission to leave until a fine is paid.

Entry Requirements - Passport validity
You must hold a valid passport to enter Nepal. Your passport must be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required. However, it is always sensible to have a short period of extra validity on your passport in case of any unforeseen delays to your departure. You do not have to wait until your old passport expires to apply to renew it. Any time left on your old passport when you apply will be added to your new passport, up to a maximum of nine months. For passport applications in the UK, you should apply to the Identity and Passport Service.

Entry Requirements - Medication
You may take medication into Nepal providing you have proof of a prescription. For further details contact the Nepalese Embassy +44 (0)207 229 1594 / 6231 / 5352 or email

Entry Requirements - Emergency Travel Documents
UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Nepal.


Contact your GP around eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. Country specific information and advice is published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and useful information about healthcare abroad, including a country-by-country guide of reciprocal health care agreements with the UK, is available from NHS Choices.

There are confirmed cases of cholera in Kathmandu, Nepalganj city in western Nepal and in Doti, Bajhang and Gorkha districts. If travelling to these areas you should take precautions. You should continue to eat only well prepared food and drink only bottled water. Maintaining personal hygiene is also essential: See NaTHNaC’s factsheet here.

Medical treatment is expensive at Western travellers' clinics in Nepal. Healthcare is poor in most places outside the Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara. You should be aware that it might be difficult to obtain rapid helicopter evacuation if you were to fall ill or suffer a serious accident in a remote area of the country. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

In the 2010 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic the UNAIDS/WHO Working Group estimated that around 60,000 adults aged 15 or over in Nepal were living with HIV; the prevalence percentage is estimated at around 0.4% of the adult population compared to the prevalence percentage in adults in the UK of around 0.2%. Exercise the normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS. See our HIV and AIDS page.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 102 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Our Travel Health pages offer further advice on how to stay healthy when overseas.

Health - Avian Influenza (H5N1)
Outbreaks of avian influenza amongst birds have been identified on 26 March in the Kathmandu Valley, Lalitpur and Bagmati provinces. We advise British nationals to avoid any direct contact with birds or bird faeces. No human cases of avian influenza have been reported. Local authorities are working to contain the outbreak.

The risk to humans from Avian Influenza is believed to be very low. As a precaution you should avoid visiting live animal markets, poultry farms and other places where you may come into close contact with domestic, caged or wild birds; and ensure poultry and egg dishes are thoroughly cooked.

See our Avian and Pandemic Influenza page.


Natural Disasters - Flooding and landslides

On 5 May an avalanche triggered a flood of the Seti river in Kaski district, north of Pokhara. Travellers should follow the advice of local authorities and exercise extra caution when trekking in the area of Annapurna and Machapuchre. The flooding has caused damage to the water supply system supplying 60% of water to Pokhara valley. Scarcity of drinking water is reported.

Travel in the rural areas during the Monsoon season (June - September) can be hazardous and care should be taken. Monsoon rains cause flooding and landslides that can cut off some towns and villages for days at a time. You should check access routes before setting off on a journey. The Government of Nepal Meteorological Forecasting Division provides weather updates (in English):

Natural Disasters - Earthquakes
Nepal lies in a seismically active region and is considered high risk. Earth tremors are common across Nepal. Lack of adequate emergency preparedness, medical facilities and emergency equipment will increase the impact that an earthquake could have in Nepal and the Kathmandu Valley in particular. The British Embassy would only be able to offer limited Consular assistance in the days immediately following a severe earthquake in Kathmandu Valley due to the likely impact on local infrastructure and inaccessibility of many places.

On 18 September 2011, an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale struck the north-eastern Indian state of Sikkim, which borders Nepal. It caused damage and a number of deaths in Nepal. On 13 November 2011 an earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter scale struck the Gorkha district. There was a further small tremor in the region around Biratnagar on 28 March 2012. There were no reported deaths or major damage on either occasion. On 11 April tremors were felt in Nepal after an earthquake with an initial magnitude of 8.7 struck off the coast of Indonesia.

If you are travelling to Nepal you may wish to consider checking with your tour operator what contingency plans the operator may have in place in the event of an earthquake.

The National Society of Earthquake Technology – Nepal (NSET) provides information of what actions you should take in the event of an earthquake in Nepal:

To learn more about what to do before, during and after an earthquake, see this advice from the US Federal Emergency Management Agency.


General - Insurance
You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. Check for any exclusions and that your policy covers you for activities you want to undertake. If you are intending to travel at altitude in Nepal, please check that your insurance policy provides cover. Many policies do not provide cover over 2,500 metres. See our Travel Insurance page.

You should take out full insurance cover for medical treatment, accidents and evacuation by helicopter (presently costing between 1000 and 2000 pounds per flying hour). It is advisable to have cover for unexpected losses such as cancelled flights, stolen or lost cash, cards, passport, luggage and any loss damage or liability resulting from terrorist action.

If things do go wrong when you are overseas see our When Things Go Wrong page.

General - Registration
You should register with the FCO's LOCATE service to tell us when and where you are travelling abroad or where you live abroad so our consular and crisis staff can provide better assistance to you in an emergency.

General - Precautions
To make your trip as smooth and as safe as possible, the British Embassy recommends that you take the following precautions.

Carry your passport with you at all times.
Leave a photocopy of your passport and your itinerary with a contact in the UK.
Enter next of kin details into the back of your passport.
Do not enter 'Restricted' areas. Strict terms and conditions apply. Check with a reputable trekking company.
Remember: altitude can and does kill. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness ascend slowly and acclimatise fully. Take professional advice.
Reconfirm your flights (both internal and international) before departure as they are sometimes cancelled with very little advance warning, particularly during adverse weather conditions.

General - Poste Restante
For security reasons, the British Embassy in Kathmandu does not operate a Poste Restante facility. British Nationals should ensure that any private correspondence is addressed to the Central Post Office, Kathmandu or sent directly to them via a courier company. Any mail received at the British Embassy will be returned to sender.

General - Money
ATMs and exchange facilities are available across the country. Credit cards are also accepted in most major hotels, restaurants and shops. However, you should check first that a particular card is acceptable. Both Euro and US Dollar travellers’ cheques can be cashed relatively easily in most banks and major hotels throughout the country.

General - Indian currency in Nepal
The Government of Nepal has banned the use, import or export of 1,000 Indian rupee and 500 Indian rupee notes. British nationals should ensure that they do not enter or leave Nepal with either 1,000 or 500 Indian rupee notes. The Revenue Investigation Department will confiscate any notes and also impose a fine of the amount seized, payable in local currency. Lower denomination notes from India are accepted in Nepal.

General - Consular Assistance Statistics
Most visits to Nepal are trouble-free. 19 British nationals required consular assistance in Nepal in the period 01 April 2011 - 31 March 2012, including for nine deaths; one hospitalisation; and three arrests.

General - Import to Nepal
If you wish to import goods to Nepal please contact the Nepalese Embassy in London for initial guidance.

Further details can be sought from:

Ministry of Finance,
Department of Customs,
Phone No:

General - Volunteers
British Nationals wishing to volunteer in Nepal are encouraged to research the legitimacy of any organisations they are considering volunteering with; the Embassy does not hold records on these organisations. The Social Service Council of the Government of Nepal, however, maintains a list of legitimate volunteer organizations. Please contact them at:

See also
Nepal Travel Tips 2012 [external link]
Visiting friends and family in South Asia - Travel Tips 2012 [external link]

Nepal, Kathmandu, British Embassy

P O Box 106

General Enquiries

Consular Enquiries

(977) (1) 4414588
(977) (1) 4411789 
Office hours:
Mon-Thurs: 0230-0645/0745-1115
Fri: 0230-0730

Local Time:
Mon-Thurs: 0815-1230/1330-1700
Fri: 0815-1315

Consular opening hours:
Mon-Thurs: 08:15 - 12:30
Fri: 08:15 - 12:30

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High degree of caution in Nepal due to the uncertain political and security situation.
Pay close attention to your security at all times and monitor the media and other local sources for information about possible new safety or security risks.

The resignation of the Prime Minister of Nepal on 4 May 2009 has increased political tensions and the security situation remains unpredictable.

Political rallies in many parts of Nepal have resulted in outbreaks of violence and the detonation of explosive devices. You are strongly urged to avoid demonstrations, political rallies and large gatherings throughout Nepal as they may turn violent. Demonstrations and bandhs (strikes) occur without notice and can cause major traffic disruptions and shut down all public transport.

Shortages of essential supplies (food, water, fuel, gas and kerosene for cooking) can occur with limited notice. Black out (or load shedding) periods can have a significant impact on services, including in major tourist destinations. Before travelling, check that your tour operator or hotel will be able to provide an acceptable level of service and security.

Extortionists continue to approach trekkers and climbers demanding 'donations' or 'taxes'. Victims have been assaulted, detained or threatened with violence until they pay.

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