Top News Nepal set to welcome foreign tourists from October By TTG Asia / Posted on 22 September, 2020 16:36 The Nepalese government will reopen the country’s borders to international tourists from October 17, 2020, following an almost eight-month-long shutdown. Incoming travellers will be required to obtain a negative Covid-19 PCR test result within 72 hours before departure, after which, they will not be subjected to any kind of quarantine or self-isolation upon their arrival in Nepal. Nepal’s reopening to foreign tourists will provide welcome relief to tourism-reliant local communities; a hiker enjoying the view atop the Himalayan mountains pictured Trekking and mountaineering groups will also be allowed to take foreign clients up to the mountains from October 17, government spokesperson and foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali told a briefing, reported the Nepali Times. The decision was made during a cabinet meeting based on the recommendation of the Covid-19 Crisis Management Committee, it added. As part of the country’s phased reopening, the government has allowed domestic flights, intercity buses, hotels and restaurants to reopen from September 17, according to the report. The South Asian country’s reopening for tourism will provide a welcome relief to the local communities who eke a living out of trekking and mountaineering tourism, including travel agents, guides, Sherpas, and mountain workers. Recently, Bahraini prince Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa led an 18-member team on an expedition to climb the Lobuche Peak and Mt. Manaslu. The country hopes that their expedition will spread a positive message around the world that Covid-19 health and safety protocols have been adopted by the tourism activity operators in Nepal.