- Reviewed: 15 January 2019, 09:29 NZDT
- Still current at: 20 January 2019
Exercise increased caution
Exercise increased caution in Nepal due to the potential for political rallies and protests to result in civil unrest.View Larger Map Close/Open map
Political rallies and demonstrations are common in Nepal. 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.
Crime against foreigners in Nepal includes sexual offences, harrassment and theft. Foreigners have been targeted at tourist sites, airports and buses. Pickpocketing is common particularly around the tourist spots in Kathmandu and during festival gatherings. We advise New Zealanders to exercise security awareness and guard personal belongings carefully. Women travellers should take particular care and avoid travelling alone, especially at night.
There is a threat from terrorism in Nepal. New Zealanders in Nepal are advised to keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. We recommend following any instructions issued by the local authorities and exercising vigilance in public places.
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.
Altitude sickness is a risk in all trekking regions above 9000 feet (2700 metres). Trekking in Nepal should be done with a group using an experienced guide from a reputable company. Ensure that you are properly equipped and well informed about weather and other conditions that may pose a danger to your safety.
Do not trek alone. Solo trekkers have been robbed and/or assaulted and female trekkers should be particularly vigilant due to the risk of sexual assault.
Some trekking routes were badly damaged following major earthquakes in 2015, particularly in the Langtang Valley and Manaslu trekking regions. Check with your tour company before trekking in these areas.
Nepal is in an active seismic area and earthquakes are common. There is an ongoing possibility of further earthquakes, which increases the risk of avalanches and landslides. Familiarise yourself with general safety procedures in the event of an earthquake.
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 helicopter rescue and 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
See our regional advice for South Asia
Accredited New Zealand High Commission India
Sir Edmund Hillary Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 021, India
Telephone: +91 11 4688 3170
Fax: +91 11 4688 3165
Hours: Mon - Fri 0830 - 1700 hrs