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New Lockdowns Coming

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It has been widely reported that a new phase of lockdowns will begin on Thursday (April 29).

Details are yet to be confirmed but all vehicle traffic in the KTM valley will be prohibited. Essential services will remain open with restrictions and domestic flights are also said to be allowed.

It is also possible new entry restrictions will be enforced including a return to a mandatory 14 day quarantine.

If you have plans to visit Nepal soon. Cancel. Having been through all of last year's lockdowns, this is not something you want to experience.

https://www.fiscalnepal.com/2021/04/26/4201/prohibitory-order-in-kathmandu-valley-from-thursday/?fbclid=IwAR0_FrAoVc99F1M09Q8v85bow2ddfOWs-NQGRPbSWKmFI1gOjjDziXSEblo

Edited: April 26, 2021, 5:42 pm
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Prohibitory orders in Kathmandu Valley from Thursday @ https://tkpo.st/3dRx9eA

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Just spoken to some of my Nepali friends on the phone and they confirmed that there will be a new lockdown starting on Thursday - Initially for one week but with the expectation that this will be extended.

I was told that already, the streets of Kathmandu are much quieter...

It isn't looking good....

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We've been down this road before. Week one will not produce results, because that's not how this works. Case numbers are delayed by a minimum of 2 weeks. So we can definitely expect week two of current restrictions, but likely more.

Some good things -----

Nepal's gov finally got off their butts and now banned flights through TIA to third countries. This is a direct response to limit Indians from using TIA to fly as they are banned from flying from India. For good reason.

The border is going to be more tightly controlled, but payoffs and corruption will still mean Indians will continue to enter Nepal at will as they have done for months.

Restrictions will be applied by district. This should give better control than locking down the entire country.

All the same, I would definitely not come to Nepal now. If you do, you must expect major setbacks to your plans, including spending all your time in a hotel. As someone who spent 97 days in a Nepali hotel last year, you do not want that.

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Nepali Times journalist says there are currently 2000 people in Everest Base Camp:

https://www.nepalitimes.com/banner/mt-everest-city/

I wonder how the 'prohibitory order' will affect them. Certainly a lot of money is involved there, it would be nice to let them finish what they started. Although they may not be able to return to their home countries if the international flights from/to Kathmandu are banned (which IMHO is just a matter of time).

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Out of those 2000 at the BC about 400 are foreigners (about 350 climbing permits this year). The rest are Nepalis. In any case it is interesting to see how things develop up there and are thy able to get home as planned.

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Those very expensive expeditions qre for the wealthy so I'm sure they will have a solution even if it costs a lot, like chartering flights to get out.

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Some people there are wealthy even by western standards, but there are also regular people who have saved, tried to get sponsors and even taken out loans to be able to attempt Everest. Basically there are 3 types of expeditions: 1) $100000 groups with wealthy clients and generally the bet service, Sherpas, facilities, leaders. 2) $60000 groups decent quality operators for most western clients. 3) Cheap outfits maybe providing only permit and base camp facilities, but everything else is extra, prices starting from about $30000. Mostly those short on cash but eager to try (also overly confident), and Indian and other Asian climbers. This a rough generalisation, of course.

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Latest notice from Nepali Department of Immigration.

https://www.immigration.gov.np/post/notice-regarding-using-tia-as-transit

For reducing Indians using Kathmandu as a transit point, I cannot see how this will make any difference – as they are not in transit (per definition under 24 hours).

I talked to a couple Indian workers on their way to the Middle East. They all stay in Nepal for two weeks to avoid the travel ban – before onward flight.

The 14-day period is a common restriction for inbound travel to many countries and applies to all travelers who have been in India, not just Indian nationals.

If the check is on airline ticket/flight route, you just purchase two separate tickets.

#6. Feels like you have a very media based, stereotypical view of Everest climbers. Have you actually talked to some of them? Most are people with normal jobs that have saved up money and/or got sponsors, not persons with high-net-worth.

Outbound from Nepal the majority of climbers fly Economy Class.

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Re #8: Tibet side is closed to climbing this year, so no...

Edited: April 27, 2021, 5:03 pm
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