UK revises Nepal travel warning

21st Feb 2006

The UK Foreign Office has revised its travel advice for Nepal and is no longer advising against all but essential travel to Nepal.
However people are advised to exercise extreme caution if travelling to Nepal at present.

The travel advice summary now reads:

The political situation in Nepal remains tense and unpredictable following the end of the Maoist ceasefire and elections, which took place on 8 February 2006. There is a possibility of further violence and disturbances with planned blockades in Kathmandu and other regional centres from 14 March onwards, and an indefinite nationwide Bandh (shutdown) from 3 April onwards. We advise you to take extreme caution if travelling in Nepal during this period. We will continue to keep this advice under close review.

There has been an escalation of Maoist violence throughout Nepal since they ended their unilateral ceasefire on 2 January 2006. In the intervening period they have carried out a series of bombings and armed attacks on security forces and Government targets across Nepal.

Mobile phone networks are partially operating, though pre-paid mobile phone services are still disrupted. Land-lines are working at present.


Countrywide and local Bandhs are regularly called and have caused widespread disruption including to transport. You should avoid road travel during nationwide Bandhs. Bandhs and political demonstrations can flare up quickly and with little warning and may turn violent, as they did several times in 2005, and in February 2006. You are strongly advised to avoid demonstrations and large gatherings of people.

The majority of problems encountered by British tourists in Nepal are trekking accidents and drug-related incidents. If you travel to Nepal, you should use a reputable travel agent and only trek with an experienced guide and in a group. If you plan to travel to out-of-the way areas, please contact the British Embassy in Kathmandu on arrival for latest advice on the security situation in the area.

We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake


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