KATHMANDU, Aug 21: As the government has decided to resume the fifth phase of repatriation flights, a list of hotels with their rates ranging from Rs 1,800 to Rs 9,000 per night has been made public. These hotels will be available as quarantine facilities for Nepalis returning from abroad.
The District Administration Office (DAO), Kathmandu, made the list of the hotels public with their rates after the Department of Tourism provided the list of hotels on Thursday. The hotels have agreed to provide their space for quarantine facilities for migrant workers scheduled to come back through the repatriation flights. The government had suspended the repatriation flights scheduled to be operated from August 17 stating that arrangements of hotels for quarantine were yet to be made. However, the cabinet meeting on Thursday made the decision to resume the fifth phase of repatriation flights that was abruptly put off on Monday.
According to the Hotel Association Nepal (HAN), tourist-standard hotels have lowered their prices to Rs 1,800 per person for twin sharing rooms and Rs 2,800 for single rooms. Earlier, the rate was Rs 2,000 and 3,000 for twin sharing and single room, respectively. Hotel Shangri-La, a five-star hotel, is also up for service now and has set Rs 9,000 as its rate for a single room and Rs 6,000 per person for a twin sharing room.
For four-star hotels, the rate per person has been set at Rs 8,000 for a single bed and Rs 5,500 per person for twin sharing rooms per night. Guests are required to pay Rs 6,000 for a single-bed room and Rs 5,000 per person for twin sharing rooms per night in three-star hotels or deluxe resorts. Similarly, two-star hotels or standard hotels will charge Rs 5,000 per person for a single bed room and Rs 3,500 per person for twin sharing rooms per night. One-star hotelS or standard resorts have set Rs 4,000 as their rate for a single bed room and Rs 2,500 for twin sharing rooms per night. The prices are inclusive of four meals a day. Hotels in places like Thamel, Tahachal, Gaushala, Battisputali, Durbarmarg, Naxal, Bhaktapur, Godawari, Swayambhu and Jhamsikhel, among others have listed for quarantine facilities.
The preliminary list of hotels which have agreed to provide the service for abroad returnees has been prepared by the Hotel Association Nepal (HAN). People coming back to Nepal need to book the hotels prior to their flights so that they can be hotel-quarantined before departing for their homes. Earlier, the returnees were allowed to be home-quarantined but now the government has made it mandatory for them to be hotel-quarantined until their PCR test reports are negative.