Register your overseas travel and/or residential details here.
Reviewed: 23 April 2013, 13:30 NZDT
Still current at: 24 May 2013
There is some risk to your security in Nepal due to the uncertain political and security situation. We advise caution.
The political situation in Nepal is fragile. Bandhs (shutdowns), rallies and protests occur regularly and sometimes this results in violence between demonstrators and security forces, especially in the Terai (Nepal’s southern plains). In mid November 2013 Nepal will hold Constituent Assembly elections. There is a heightened possibility of protest-related violence during this time.
New Zealanders in Nepal are advised to avoid all large gatherings, protests and demonstrations as there is an increased risk of violence at such events. You should also note traffic is often severely affected during bandhs and essential supplies can be difficult to obtain.
If you decide to trek in Nepal please keep your family and friends regularly updated regarding your location and intended route. Please also notify them if you intend to enter an area with limited telephone or internet coverage, as unexplained breaks in usual communication patterns can cause concern.
Trekking in Nepal should be done with a group using an experienced guide from a reputable company. Do not trek alone. Solo trekkers have been attacked and female travellers should be particularly vigilant.
General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling or resident in Nepal should have comprehensive travel and medical insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air, as well as cancelled flights.
New Zealanders travelling or resident in Nepal are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
For other countries’ travel advice
(External links open in a new window)
The New Zealand High Commission New Delhi, India is accredited to Nepal.
Contact details are:
Street Address Sir Edmund Hilary Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 021, India
Telephone +91 11 4688 3170 Facsimile +91 11 2688 3165
Website New Zealand High Commission New Delhi [external link]
Office Hours Mon – Fri 0830 – 1700 hrs
Contact details are:
Ms Lisa Choegyal
Street Address: Ramalaya, Panipokhari
Postal Address: P. O. Box 242, Kathmandu, Nepal
Telephone: +9771 442 6427 and +977 9849786967 (After hours)
Mobile: +977 9851025690