Nepal Travel Warning
Issued by U.S. Department of State
Oct 22, 2003
This Travel Warning is being issued to update U.S. citizens on the current
security environment in Nepal, including an increase in anti-American
threats, and to urge that U.S. citizens defer non-essential travel to Nepal.
This supersedes the Public Announcement dated September 24, 2003.
The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to defer non-essential travel to
Nepal. Maoist rebel violence has increased since the end of the ceasefire on
August 27. Since the resumption of hostilities, Maoist statements and
leaflets have carried anti-American slogans. Anti-American rhetoric by
rebel leadership, including against U.S.-sponsored or supported humanitarian
organizations, has increased, raising security concerns for all U.S.
citizens living in or visiting Nepal.
There have been increased reports of threats against Americans, as well as
intimidation, robbery and extortion of Americans and other foreigners by
rebels, including on popular trekking routes. Americans should be aware
that interrupted telephone services to some trekking areas caused by rebel
destruction of communications infrastructure could make it difficult to
locate travelers or to arrange medical evacuations should emergencies occur.
Rebel tactics include attacks on Nepalese Government facilities and
commercial transport vehicles, indiscriminate bombings using improvised
explosive devices, assassination attempts against Nepalese officials, and
calls for localized or nationwide strikes ("bandhs"). The random,
unpredictable nature of such actions creates risks of Americans being in the
wrong place at the wrong time during a violent incident.
U.S. citizens who travel to Nepal despite this Travel Warning should factor
the potential for violence into their plans and maintain a low profile while
in Nepal. U.S. citizens should avoid public demonstrations, particularly
during national strikes or "bandhs," when many businesses are closed and the
lack of public transport or taxis can make travel to and from Kathmandu,
Pokhara and other airports difficult. The Nepalese Government from time to
time institutes curfews for affected districts and police have set up
roaming checkpoints in Kathmandu. U.S. citizens should call the U.S.
Embassy or consult its web site for the latest information on curfews.
While U.S. official personnel continue to conduct travel outside the
Kathmandu Valley, such travel is subject to review and approval on a
case-by-case basis. U.S. citizens are urged to contact the U.S. Embassy in
Kathmandu for the latest security information before undertaking travel to
outlying areas, to travel by air to the greatest extent possible, to avoid
nighttime road travel outside the Kathmandu Valley, and to abide by
U.S. citizens are strongly urged to register with and obtain updated
information on travel and security from the Consular Section of the U.S.
Embassy in Kathmandu by accessing the Embassy's home page at
by e-mail to [email protected],
or by personal appearance at the Embassy. The U.S. Embassy is located at
Pani Pokhari in Kathmandu, telephone (977) (1) 441-1179; fax (977) (1) 441-9963.
Further information on travel to Nepal may be obtained from the Department
of State's Consular Information Sheet and Worldwide Caution Public
Announcement by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States,
1-317-472-2328 from overseas, or via the Internet on the Department of
State's home page at http://travel.state.gov.