Yes you need travel and medical insurance and you are responsible to arrange it., VIN cannot take responsibility for the financial compensation for any loss or theft of possessions or medical assistance required, during your volunteer placement.
As with any overseas travel, insurance is highly recommended and comprehensive travel and medical insurance should be obtained before traveling to Nepal. Check on line to see what offers are available or talk to your travel agent.
You are advised to take out full insurance cover for medical treatment, accidents and evacuation by helicopter. It is also a good idea to have cover for unexpected losses such as cancelled flights, stolen or lost cash, cards, passport, luggage and any loss damage or liability resulting from terrorist action.
Make sure that you check the details of your policy and check for exclusions to ensure your policy adequately covers you for any activities you plan to undertake. If you are planning to trek make sure it covers accidents and evacuation by helicopter. Your insurance should cover minimum 5000m.
Please contact your doctor or travel clinic at least 3 months before your arrival in Nepal for medical advice, and bring a record of your vaccinations with you.
Vaccinations you might consider include:
Diptheria (only if you aren’t immunized in childhood)
Hepatitis A √
Hepatitis B √
Japanese B encephalitis (JBE) (Optional/ needed only if they travel to terai area)
Meningococcal meningitis (only if your doctor recommends it)
Polio (only if you aren’t immunized in child)
Rabies (Really not/ but you should get it if you are bitten or scratched by dog or monkey)
Tetanus (only if you are for construction project)
Tuberculosis (only if you aren’t immunized in childhood)
Yellow fever (Not endemic in Nepal, but required if coming from an infected area)
If you are coming with short notice, some vaccinations are available in Kathmandu at the CIWEC Clinic: www.ciwec-clinic.com
The Kathmandu area, Nuwakot and Okhaldhunga (our working sites) is generally classified as malaria-free. However, there are parts of Nepal which are not malaria free. Please seek medical advice if you intend to travel to different parts of Nepal especially southern terai