Four countries issue travel alerts to Nepal

trekking nepalThe United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada have issued travel alerts to its citizens traveling to or living in Nepal during the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) election.

Nepal is holding CA election on November 19.
In its travel advisory, the US Department of State states that there is an increased risk of violence during bandas as well as at rallies and demonstrations and the possibility of spontaneous protests during this and any election cycle remains. “Although most of the major political parties in Nepal are in agreement regarding the upcoming elections, some parties have declined to participate, and have indicated that they may seek to disrupt the election process,” the travel advisory posted on the department’s website states.
The advisory, which was issued on November 1, will remain on effect till December 19.
The United Kingdom has also updated its travel advisory to Nepal. “There has been a lengthy political stalemate linked to the agreement of a new constitution. Elections have been called for 19 November 2013. There may be increased street protests and violence causing disruption, as elections approach. The border between Nepal and India will be closed from 18 to 19 November,” foreign travel advisory posted on www.gov.uk states.
In its travel alert updated on October 29, Canada has asked its citizens to exercise a high degree of caution while traveling to Nepal. “There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Nepal. However, you should exercise a high degree of caution due to the fragile and volatile political and security situation,” according to the travel advisory posted on www.travel.gc.ca

Australia has also advised its citizens to exercise a high degree of caution in Nepal due to the uncertain political and security situation. “In the lead-up to elections, demonstrations and strikes are likely to occur with increasing frequency. If a demonstration or political rally occurs, you should avoid the area, minimize your movements and exercise a high degree of caution,” reads the Australian government’s travel advisory to Nepal.

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