As Nepal opens trekking and mountaineering activities, tourists, instead of on-arrival visa are now required to get pre-approval from the Department of Immigration before entering Nepal. The criteria set by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has stated that all tourists must have acquired their visas before coming to Nepal and if there is no body to issue visas for Nepal in their countries, they can come to Nepal in coordination with Nepal-based travel or trekking agencies. For pre-approval for their entry to Nepal, tourists coming to Nepal will be recommended to the Department of Immigration through the Department of Tourism for mountaineering and Nepal Tourism Board for trekking. Related agencies will be informed about the recommendation. If the tourist does not have a visa, s/he can show pre-approval documents at the immigration. Such tourists will be provided with visas at the immigration point upon their arrival at the airport.
Both the northern border points of Nepal--Rasuwagadi and Tatopani--are to come into operation soon following the health safety protocols. According to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies, the government officials of both countries--Nepal and China--reached the agreement to resume Rasuwagadi border point through the virtual meeting on Tuesday. The actual date of resumption, however, is yet to be finalized. Likewise, the meeting of the Joint Working Group, which comprises the government officials from both countries, held at Tatopani border point on Tuesday has decided to open the border point from October 5. With the resumption of Tatopani point, the first priority will be given to some 1200 containers of Nepal that remain stranded in Tibet due to COVID-19 pandemic and various natural disasters, according to Lal Bahadur Khatri, the Chief Officer at Tatopani Dry Port.
One more rape case of a minor has surfaced in Rautahat district. The 15-year-old girl from Katariya municipality-1 was raped at a paddy field nearby her house on Monday. Police have arrested a local Indal Das, 25, in connection with the crime. According to DSP Rabi Rawal, Chief of Area Police Office of Garuda, the girl had gone out to fetch water when the man forcefully dragged her to a paddy field and raped her. She came back home injured and reported the incident to her family. Her father subsequently informed police about the incident.