On Saturday 25th of April, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook Nepal, followed by a number of strong aftershocks. With untold architectural and archaeological treasures destroyed, and the death toll rising above 4,000, Nepal is officially a country in crisis. According to The Guardian, India, Tibet and several other neighbouring countries have also been affected by the tremors.
For those in destination, flights have resumed operations from/to Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport with very limited and delayed service. More details can be found on the airport’s website.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised against all but essential travel to Nepal and has urged that British nationals currently in destination should find a secure and sheltered place to stay until it is safe to leave. Britons who wish to inform the FCO of their whereabouts can complete this online form, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call +44 207 008 0000 or text NEPAL to +447860010026. You can also use the online form if you are a relative or friend of a British national that you believe is missing or affected by the tragedy overseas.
For flight and tour information, including rescheduling, please speak with your travel consultant. You can also contact our Emergency Assist team, available 24/7, on +44 203 056 7993.
If you’d like to donate to help provide crucial clean water, sanitation and emergency food supplies in Nepal, you can do so through our friends at the Intrepid Foundation or via Oxfam and the British Red Cross, both of which have set up emergency appeals.
Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal and those who have been affected by this devastating tragedy.