Nepal Decides to Resume Flights Even as Covid-19 Cases Rise

Nepal Decides to Resume Flights Even as Covid-19 Cases Rise

Nepal will be resuming the flight servicing in an effort to boost up the miserable economy of the country since the outbreak of coronavirus. It was announced earlier this week that the nation will be resuming International flights from mid-August to continue with tourism activities.

Nepal had shut the flight services in March when the coronavirus cases started to rise. The cabinet decided to open the air space for International and domestic flights from August 17 and has assured that the flights will only be covering places that are less infected from the deadly virus. 

To enter or exit the country, travelers will need to carry a certificate confirming that they don’t have COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Incoming international travelers will also need to self-isolate, but authorities did not specify for how long. New guidelines are coming, said Health and Population Ministry spokesman Samir Kumar Adhikari as reported by The Himalayan Times.  

Tourism is one of the major industries in Nepal and due to the lockdown, which was affected just before the tourism period, the country suffered huge loss. Nepal also ended nearly four months of lockdown earlier this week. “We are ending lockdown from tonight, but it doesn’t mean that we don’t have any threat of health risks,” government spokesman Yubaraj Khatiwada told reporters in Kathmandu. 

All arriving and departing international passengers would need to have a certificate saying they are not carrying the virus.Bhattarai said arriving travellers would also have to stay in quarantine, without specifying the duration.

The protocols for the travellers will soon be revealed.

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