Any new arrivals into Nepal, regardless of nationality or VISA are required to “self-quarantine” for 14 days from arrival. The window for this policy is currently from 14th March 2020 to 30th April 2020.
Brigade of Gurkhas Nepal (BGN) is now auditing all known travel plans to get travel advice to those concerned – we request your support in this matter.
Postings in – To be dealt with on a case by case basis, more to follow.
Postings out – Currently not affected.
External Leave for BGN – BGN pers with leave planned external to Nepal will be required to cancel (internal leave may be taken instead). Where there are welfare reasons for leave these will be considered on a case by case basis. In short BGN cannot support returning pers going into isolation for 2 weeks post leave as routine.
Return to UK for courses – BGN pers booked on routine courses in the UK should be removed from course/course re-booked. Critical career courses with promotion impact will be assessed on a case by case basis.
Leave for Brigade of Gurkhas (BG) personnel going to Nepal – BG pers planning to take leave in Nepal over the above period must be advised that on arrival they will be required to self-quarantine for 2 weeks. We do not currently have advice on how the Government of Nepal will enforce this. Brigade of Gurkhas Nepal (BGN) does not have resource to support BG pers coming to Nepal in this circumstance and such leave is strongly discouraged. Note DA policy on this is embryonic and may shortly be a direction that no leave can be taken in country.
SCV – SCV for BGN pers should be cancelled. Any SCV during the above period will be required to self isolate and BGN staff will not be permitted to remove themselves from work to self isolate with children. Where there is a specific welfare reason for an SCV this will be considered on a case by case basis.
Duty Visits – All duty visits to BGN over the above period are to be cancelled or delayed. This includes EX HIMALAYAN BLUEBELL. This supersedes any previous travel authority issued by BGN.
Treks – All duty Treks over the above period are to be cancelled, HQ BG is requested to engage with Trekkers for possible rescheduled arrangements. BGN will attempt to find windows in the future if circumstance permits.
AT – All AT over the above period is to be cancelled. Def Sect are to engage with relevant parties to notify of this change (Heb sahib, my FOE is blank?).
BGN pers currently out of country – dealt with on a case by case basis.
We are in a rapidly changing environment and I will keep you updated on further change and policy development.