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Nepal – Exercise a High Degree of Caution

April 27, 2015 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

A large earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April 2015. The epicentre was 80 kms west of Kathmandu. Extensive damage has occurred to buildings, including in Kathmandu and Pokhara. A large number of deaths and injuries have been reported. Aftershocks are expected. Travellers should expect disruption to telecommunications, transport and tourist infrastructure in affected areas.

  • The international airport at Kathmandu is open but flight schedules have been disrupted by the earthquake. Australians seeking to depart Nepal should contact their airline for latest information on flight schedules.
  • Australians in Nepal in need of consular assistance may contact the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu on (+977 1) 437 1678 or the Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra on (+61 2) 6261 3305.
  • Australian travellers should remain in a safe location and follow the instructions of local authorities. You should check with your transport provider, tour operator or hotel for latest information on disruptions.
  • We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Nepal due to the uncertain political and security situation.
  • You should pay close attention to your security at all times. Monitor the media and other sources about possible new security risks.
  • Illegal roadblocks and enforced national or local strikes (bandhs) can occur without notice and may continue for lengthy periods resulting in the closure of businesses, and vehicles not being allowed on the roads. At these times, access to the airport can be disrupted and taxis are not usually available.
  • Nepal is in a highly active earthquake region and earthquakes and tremors are common. In the event of a major earthquake, there is likely to be loss of life, widespread damage to buildings, and severe disruptions to essential services.
  • In recent years, a number of small aircraft travelling domestically have crashed, with some accidents causing multiple fatalities, including of international travellers. See Airline safety
  • Travel on public buses and vans, which are generally overcrowded and poorly maintained, is dangerous and there are frequent accidents with multiple fatalities.
  • Trekking can be dangerous. There have been occasional reports of trekkers being robbed or assaulted. You should never trek alone. Always use a reputable trekking company.
  • Australians are strongly encouraged not to consider surrogacy in Nepal until robust local legal arrangements are in place. See Laws.
  • See Travel Smart for general advice for all travellers.
  • Be a smart traveller. Before heading overseas:

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