Precautionary safety measures upped at TIA as risk of COVID-19 grows

Published On: January 14, 2022 09:43 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Jan 14: In the wake of increasing spread of coronavirus in the country, safety precautions have been increased at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). The visitors to the airports are scrutinized at the main entrance while the entry passes provided to those welcoming and seeing off the travelers are curtailed except for those deemed absolutely necessary.

General Manager at TIA Bhola Prasad Guragain said that the distribution of passes to the visitors was tightened in order to minimize the risk of coronavirus spread.

Crowds of people are normal at TIA- both at domestic and international terminals. It is partly because of the disruption of flights caused by adverse weather. The morning flights to the airports in hilly districts and some Terai districts are rescheduled because of adverse weather.

The visitors, employees at TIA are requested and reminded repeatedly to use masks and sanitizer and maintain physical distance with other people.

Currently, there are 10 helicopters and 19 airlines providing service under the domestic flights while 20 airlines including two Nepali airlines are providing international flight service at TIA.

According to Guragain, some 300 domestic and around 50 to 60 international flights are conducted daily from the TIA. The TIA is now all set to implement the CCMC decision on vaccination report cards from January 21. 

The passengers reaching TIA should produce the vaccination report card to receive boarding passes. In addition, the international passengers need to produce COVID-19 test report (negative) within 72 hours of departure.


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