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    Default Nepal Travel Warning: more info from U.S. State Dept

    as if the post below wasn't enough. comments?

    Current Travel Warnings
    Travel Warnings are issued to describe long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government's ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff. The countries listed below meet those criteria.
    Nepal 05/22/2009

    and this:

    Mon, 2009-06-01 02:14
    Kosh Raj Koirala Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal
    Kathmandu, 01 June, (Asiantribune.com): The Christian community in Nepal on Sunday held a rally in the capital city Kathmandu against the bomb attack in a Roman Catholic Church in Lalitpur district last week.

    The rally was staged in Maitighar Mandala, the down town of the capital city, demanding that the government form a high level investigation committee to probe bomb explosion and book the guilty behind the gruesome act.

    At least two persons were killed and 14 others injured Saturday morning when a pressure-cooker bomb went off inside a Catholic church at Dhobighat, Lalitpur, on May 23. The death toll in the bomb explosion reached to three with one more victim died on Sunday while undergoing treatment at a local hospital.

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    Default Re: Nepal Travel Warning: more info from U.S. State Dept

    The bombing of the Catholic Church in Patan (I did not know about it, I am busily looking though news stuff....) is very sad indeed. Pressure cooker bombings have happend in the past in Nepal, unfortunately. Not often, but it seems to be the "weapon of choice" in times of unrest.

    In terms of the US State Department warnings (usually mindlessly mirrored by the Australian Foreign Affairs Travel Advisory), their credibility with events in Nepal is zero.
    They kept warning people not to go there for years and years, or only go if absolutely necessary (which is me, I am addicted, so I find it absolutely necessary to go trekking in Nepal...).

    The major problem with the US State Department warnings about Nepal is similar to the problem the doomsayers who predict the end of the world have: eventually it may happen. But you lose a lot of credibitily in the meantime, when you bark out dire warnings at every oportunity. No one trusts you anymore.

    During unrests in the past, turists have been inconvenienced every now and then (like with bandths etc), a few have been even roughed up when they refused to pay "donations" on treks to Maoists, or engaged into stupid political debates with them... But in general one felt quite safe as a tourist and could conduct one's activities without much of a problem. Nepalis in general have a friendly attitude to visitors.
    Tourists were not targeted. I don't think they are targeted now. (I know this is a very selfish perspective, but it is all I have. We debated this issue at nauseam in years past...)
    This does not mean the situation cannot change, and you need to follow the events in Nepal, and talk to trustworty locals.

    My Manaslu trek is definitely on. I see no reason to change anything at this stage.
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    Default Re: Nepal Travel Warning: more info from U.S. State Dept

    Thanks for the info! I appreciate it!

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    Default Re: Nepal Travel Warning: more info from U.S. State Dept

    travel warnings are just govts covering their liability exposure, they're not intended to really help tourists with accurate and balance information.

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    Default Re: Nepal Travel Warning: more info from U.S. State Dept

    travel warnings are just govts covering their liability exposure, they're not intended to really help tourists with accurate and balance information.
    True, but in EU countries travel insurance is not valid if the embassy has issued a "don't go" travel warning. This means that tour companies will not operate trips to the affected country.

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    Default Re: Nepal Travel Warning: more info from U.S. State Dept

    Quote Originally Posted by webmaster
    True, but in EU countries travel insurance is not valid if the embassy has issued a "don't go" travel warning. This means that tour companies will not operate trips to the affected country.
    Yes, that's probably the biggest issue. Also I think individuals may have problems. I remember Oli, or someone else from the UK having some issues with insurance one or two years ago.
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