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Security in Nepal

Terrorism is a threat throughout the world. We advise you to exercise caution and monitor developments that might affect your safety in Nepal because of the political deadlock and frequent strikes called by various institutions. Pay close attention to your personal security and monitor the media for information about possible updated safety and security risks.

 

By and large as tourist you are safe while travelling in Nepal. However, it pays to be cautious about your companions, guide or porters and your belongings. Most Nepali are friendly and helpful people so the threat to personal security is remarkably small. There are occasional reports of items being stolen from your rooms or tents even in the most remote part of the country. There has also been some incident of theft in the more popular trekking areas, mainly in the Annapurna and Helambu region.

 

There are some problems to watch out for and simple precautions to take. For independent women travelers to avoid both personal harassment and giving offence, dressing modestly is always advisable. Covering the shoulders, dresses or shorts of decent length goes a long way in avoiding any unwanted attention. Unaccompanied woman are more vulnerable to physical harassment, especially in crowded markets and major cities. It’s best to be accompanied at night time and be prepared to raise an alarm if anything unpleasant threatens. It is very important that you travel with a well chosen and recommended agency.

 

Know Before you go

Seek advice on security situation from your own consulate before you travel to the holiday destination of your choice.  Listed below are some travel advisory links for your easy refrence;

 

British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, travel advice unit, www.fco.gov.uk

Australian Department of Foreign affairs, www.dfat.gov.au/consular/advice.htm

Canadian Official advice, www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/travelreport/menu_e.htm