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Come one, come all says Khumbu region to tourists.

Kathmandu, Nepal
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Come one, come all says Khumbu region to tourists.
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The local administration has removed all Covid-related requirements including test report and quarantine for visitors.

https://kathmandupost.com/money/2021/01/24/come-one-come-all-says-khumbu-region-to-tourists

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I've just read the same article, and replies on Nepal Tourism Think Tank

https://m.facebook.com/groups/NepalTourismRecovery/permalink/2034967696645093/

And, would add, with many countries currently in lockdown, where are these trekkers going to be coming from🤔🤔

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And how are the going to get home in many cases if they manage to get out? Still thousands of Australians stranded unable to get flights back from a number of destinations 🤷🏻‍♂️

However, I sort of like the pitch cos it is classical Nepal shtick.

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It doesn't really matter if tourists can't get into Nepal with the current regulations. And Nepal is back to normal with no masking, social distancing or other safety measures. Testing is very low, but still a 10% positivity rate means Nepal is fighting the virus like anywhere else.

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It seems like there is no Covid-19 in Nepal, almost everything is back not normal and nobody is caring about it anymore.

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@NPLGUY, that is a serious problem. It is a problem because COVID is not gone from Nepal. For the last 60 days the positivity rate has been between 10-14% which is higher than many places in the USA and Europe where hospitals are full. Since there is no tracing system in Nepal, most people to get tested do so because they think they're sick, meaning thousands more don't get tested.

It may seem like covid is gone from Nepal, that is only because Nepalis are ignoring it, including the government.

350 positives out of 3,000 tests is not good. Quite bad, actually. And tourists thinking of coming to Nepal know it.

Nepal's positivity rate is higher than the USA.

Edited: January 26, 2021, 3:40 am
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I am a little bit confused. Is the PCR test and 7-day mandatory quarantine in Kathmandu before treking in Everest region lifted?

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@Quitou. Nepal laisser-faire attitude is not that stupid with its very young population. The health risk is very small for the youngsters, most of them even being asymptomatic.

The western tourists just need to understand this local situation: covid running free. If you are a covid vulnerable person, you'd better to be protected with one of the mRNA vaccines.

Fabrice

Edited: January 26, 2021, 4:32 am
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@NPLGUY. No more covid in Nepal, everything back to normal, but the country asking the world for vaccines?

Isn't it a contradiction?

Fabrice

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@6, no, the 7-day quarantine is still required, as is the negative PCR test, $5000USD covid insurance coverage, and pre-approved arrival letter provided by a trekking agency, or a visa obtained at a Nepal embassy.

Fabrice, according to my contact at the W.H.O. Nepal, people between the ages of 25-35 are getting serious symptoms just as badly as the 35-55 demographic. The notion that Nepalis have strong immunity systems is continually disproven.

Even from my anecdotal evidence, my NGO goes through at least $2,000USD in medications given out to rural communities because everyone is always sick. Always.

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So the local municipality is not requiring quarantines or tests, but how are the trekkers going to get there when the government still has entrance restrictions in place?

Looks like more yak herding and potato growing for Khumbupa this year...

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