Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 29 July 2016, 15:21 NZST
  • Still current at: 25 September 2017

Some Risk

There is some risk to your safety in Nepal due to the potential for political rallies and protests to result in civil unrest and we advise caution.

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Civil unrest
Political rallies and demonstrations are common in Nepal. There have been recent protests and unrest related to Nepal’s new constitution. On occasion demonstrations have turned violent with clashes between protestors and security forces. In the past these protests have resulted in a number of deaths and injuries. 

New Zealanders in Nepal are advised to avoid all protests and demonstrations as there is an increased risk of violence at such events. We recommend monitoring local media for information on developments, following the instructions or advice of local authorities,  including adhering to any curfews issued.  

Bandhs (large scale shutdowns) are a form of protest which occur from time to time in Nepal. These are usually peaceful however sometimes result in violence between demonstrators and security forces. You should note that bandhs can occur at short notice, be highly disruptive and involve the closure of business, schools and transport routes. Both domestic and international transport is often severely affected. Essential supplies can be difficult to obtain. We recommend avoiding unnecessary travel during these periods. 

Earthquakes in Nepal
Major earthquakes occurred in Nepal on 25 April 2015 (7.8 in magnitude, centred 80 kilometres west of the capital Kathmandu) and on 12 May 2015 (7.3 magnitude, 76km north-east of Kathmandu) causing damage to buildings and historical sites in Kathmandu. There is an ongoing possibility of further earthquakes, which increases the risk of avalanches and landslides. 

Trekking
If you decide to trek in Nepal you should keep your family and friends regularly updated regarding your location and intended route. 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. Ensure that you are properly equipped and well informed about weather and other conditions that may pose a danger to your safety. 

Road travel
Travel on public buses and vans can be dangerous and there are frequent accidents resulting in fatalities, some of which involve foreign tourists. Poor road conditions, driving standards as well as overcrowded and under-maintained vehicles all contribute to the risk. We recommend avoiding travel on overloaded or crowded vehicles and overnight buses. 

General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling or resident in Nepal should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air, as well as cancelled flights. You should ensure that your insurance policy provides cover for all of the activities you intend undertaking while in Nepal, such as trekking, rafting and mountain climbing. 

New Zealanders travelling or resident in Nepal are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 


The New Zealand High Commission New Delhi, India is accredited to Nepal

Street Address Sir Edmund Hillary Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 021, India Telephone +91 11 4688 3170 Fax +91 11 4688 3165 Email nzhcindia@mfat.net Web Site http://www.nzembassy.com/india Hours Mon - Fri 0830 - 1700 hrs

New Zealand Consulate Kathmandu, Nepal

Street Address Ms Lisa Choegyal, Honorary Consul Postal Address 31 Chundevi Marg, Maharajgunj Telephone +9771 472 0580 Alternate Telephone +977 9849786967 (After hours) Mobile +977 9851025690 Email nzconsulate@tigermountain.com.np

See our regional advice for South Asia

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Accredited New Zealand High Commission India

Street Address
Sir Edmund Hillary Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 021, India

Telephone: +91 11 4688 3170

Fax: +91 11 4688 3165

Email: nzhcindia@mfat.net

Website: http://www.nzembassy.com/india

Hours: Mon - Fri 0830 - 1700 hrs

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