KATHMANDU, May 10: The United States has asked its citizens not to travel to Nepal as the Himalayan nation has witnessed a sharp rise in the cases of COVID-19 in recent days.
Issuing a health alert on Wednesday, the US State Department has also advised US nationals to exercise increased caution in Nepal due to the potential for isolated political violence. “Political demonstrations intended to be peaceful can sometimes escalate into violence and may be met with force by Nepali authorities,” it said.
The State Department has also urged US citizens to read its COVID-19 page before planning any international travel. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Nepal due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 infection in the country
On May 7, the Department of State authorized the voluntary departure of family members of US government employees and non-emergency US government employees from Nepal.
The State Department said US citizens who wish to leave Nepal are requested to register their interest with the US Embassy in Kathmandu by completing the online form given on the website and refer to the embassy’s website for updated flight information.