I received this from the FCO office in the UK. I am due to travel to Kathmandu on 3rd Feb till the 7th.
Anyone got any good constructive advice and how this is likely to affect a tourist who needs to eat and get around (including to the airport on the 7th)
Thank you in advance
There is an unstable political situation in Nepal as a result of the ongoing conflict between the King’s Government and Maoist insurgents.
There is a high threat from terrorism in Nepal. Throughout 2005, Maoist rebels carried out a large number of attacks, including bombings and shootings, including in areas frequented by foreigners. Tourists have been caught up in some of these attacks, although none has been seriously injured.
Since the Maoists ended their unilateral ceasefire on 2 January 2006, they have carried out a series of bombings and launched armed attacks on security force targets in east and west Nepal. Six security force personnel have been killed and 17 civilians injured in the attacks. On 11 January 2006, the Maoists launched a major attack on the district headquarters for Kailali, injuring four policemen and one civilian. Violence is expected to continue in the run-up to the municipal elections on 8 February 2006, and the Maoist’s Bandh (shutdown) in February 2006.
Countrywide and local Bandhs (shutdowns) are regularly called and have caused widespread disruption including to transport. Bandhs and political demonstrations can flare up quickly and with little warning and may turn violent. During 2005, several demonstrations in Kathmandu resulted in violent clashes between the police and demonstrators. You are strongly advised to avoid all such demonstrations. The next bandh is due to take place from 5-11 February 2006.
The situation outside the Kathmandu Valley remains unpredictable and travel by road can be difficult, even when a bandh is not officially in operation. You should avoid travel by road during nationwide bandhs.
If you do decide to travel to Nepal, or are currently in Nepal, we advise you to exercise extreme caution and vigilance throughout your visit.
The majority of problems encountered by British tourists in Nepal are trekking accidents and drug-related incidents.
We very strongly recommend that trekkers travel in a group with an experienced guide. Travelling in groups will make you less vulnerable to theft and assault and will assist you greatly in the event of an accident. It also helps not to be alone in the face of Maoist demands for money on the main trekking routes (see Local Travel section).
In view of the often changing security situation in Nepal, if you are going to areas not normally visited by tourists, we recommend that you contact the British Embassy in Kathmandu beforehand for advice on the latest security situation in that area.
We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake