I am about to board the final leg of flight from Qatar to KTM. This is what I have learned to date. I will update as the journey progresses.
This info may not apply to different airlines, different countries of origin and different methods of obtaining entry. This has been my experience with American Airlines/Qatar Airways as a U.S. citizen.
This has turned into a 60-hour journey because of this factor. THIS IS IMPORTANT. Qatar Airways requires a PCR Covid test as opposed to the “rapid Covid test” I obtained from Walgreens. Not all Covid tests are equal. There are different types, apparently. I was stunned when they would not let me board my second flight from Dallas to Qatar.
Regressing to initial checking in process before flying American Airlines, I was told only those with “government orders” could fly to Nepal. After checking with headquarters, though, “their list” had more exceptions, one being those who have already obtained a visa from the Nepali Embassy, which I had done.
That’s the second part of the equation. I don’t know what other “exceptions” are listed on the specific AA list of requirements, but that visa was crucial in my particular circumstance.
After obtaining a $150 PCR Covid test late that evening, I was permitted to fly out the next day from Dallas to Qatar. I will not address all the drama that I encountered in the process, but I will say I dealt with the most burned-out, uncaring, jaded, lifeless customer service representatives at American Airlines that evening. (Everyone else in the process was good as gold.) I got chewed out constantly for doing anything but being quiet and standing at attention. I was even denigrated for moving my head from left to right and back when I was agreeing with what she said on the phone to a supervisor. I was thinking, “That’s not a bad idea” before she interrupted her phone call to tell me how rude and disrespectful my “facial gesture” was.
I regress. My apologies.
NEXT. Before boarding on night two from Dallas to Qatar (Qatar reps told me I should report the previous agent) I was asked to show my CCMC paperwork. You must have that. They just need that number.
So those are the three big things I learned, PCR Covid test, CCMC form and, in my case, pre-stamped visa in my passport. No one has said a thing about being vaccinated.
Again, I will update as I arrive in Nepal.