EOS Alerts 27-6-2017
Nepal: DFAT Issue Updated Travel Advice
Upcoming local elections to be held on 28 June
On 25 June, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued updated travel advice for Nepal, which read, “The Government of Nepal is carrying out local level elections in Nepal over three phases. On 28 June 2017, elections will be held in provinces 1, 5 and 7, which includes the Terai and regions bordering India. In September 2017, elections will be held in province 2. The security situation in the lead up to, during and soon after the election may be unpredictable. Australians travelling to Nepal during this period are advised to be aware of the security and political situation and the potential for strikes or other protests related to the elections. During the first phase of local level elections held on 14 May 2017, Nepal authorities restricted vehicle movement in the voting provinces, other than vehicles with official permits. Similar restrictions on vehicle movement should be expected in the relevant provinces during the second phase. Travellers should contact their accommodation or travel provider to obtain the latest information and make necessary arrangements. The level of advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution throughout Nepal.”
Those operating or residing in Nepal are advised to be aware of the latest travel advice and to be aware of upcoming elections. There may be planned protests and strikes over the coming days. Expect possible delays to overland travel. Avoid all large crowds and demonstrations due to the credible risk of incidental violence.