Govt decides to limit int’l airlines to operate one flight a day as it prepares to repatriate stranded Nepalis abroad

Published On: August 23, 2020 07:37 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Aug 23: As the government gears up preparations to resume regular scheduled flights to bring home Nepali migrant workers, it has decided to limit the international airlines to operate only one flight a day to Nepal. 

The government on Thursday decided to resume international flights from September to bring home Nepali nationals who are living in vulnerable conditions in various labor destinations. Regular flights to countries where PCR tests are easily accessible will be conducted in which an international airline will be allowed to operate only one flight a day to Nepal, according to the decision taken by the cabinet meeting. 

The government has decided to resume regular scheduled international flights to bring Nepalis from  various countries including Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), South Korea, Thailand, Japan, China, Europe, Australia and America, as PCR tests are easily available in these countries. 

However, the government has decided to operate only chartered flights to countries like Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, arguing that PCR tests are not easily accessible in these countries. Nepal’s diplomatic mission in these countries will make necessary arrangements to operate a chartered flight to repatriate Nepalis living in vulnerable condition as regular scheduled flights to these countries have been suspended for the time being.

A total of 500 passengers will be allowed to enter Nepal via international flights a day. Previously, as many as 1,500 passengers a day returned home through repatriation flights. However, with the rise in COVID-19 cases in Nepal, the government has limited the entrance of Nepalis from outside the country.

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