Nepal permits the Indian citizens to depart Saudi Arabia

Although the government has banned the passengers departing abroad by making Nepal a transit point, it has allowed ten flights a week for Indian citizens. At the request of the Indian embassy, ​​ten one-way flights a week have been allowed to various destinations of Saudi Arabia.

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Nepal Airlines is allowed to operate seven and Himalayan Airlines 3 flights a week. The Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation has permitted the flight after receiving a letter from the Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Embassy.

On the same day as the request of the Indian Embassy, ​​the Ministry of External Affairs had recommended to the Ministry of Tourism for flight permission as per the demand. The Ministry of Tourism has permitted Indian nationals to take them to Saudi Arabia for employment. The ministry had sent a letter to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal asking it to implement the permit.

Stating that the risk of the new variant of Corona has increased, the Immigration Department had banned passengers from traveling to other destinations through transit.

Even though Saudi has imposed a travel ban on India, it still allows Nepal. Taking advantage of this, Indian citizens have started departing to Saudi for employment through Nepal.

It has been found that Indian nationals are entering Nepal by land and air. The government has decided to allow Indians to come to Nepal if they have booked a hotel.

According to the Nepal-India air bubble agreement, there are two flights a week. As per the Source, India uses the air bubble agreement to send its citizens to Saudi Arabia for employment, though it always says to return its Indian citizens to India. Indians are using Tribhuvan International Airport as a transit point. The Nepal Airlines corporation has set a fee of Rs 89,000 per person for Riyadh and Rs 84,500 for Dammam.

Indian nationals going to Saudi Arabia have been undergoing corona tests at a hospital in Kathmandu.

The government has banned international flights till May 31. Domestic flights are suspended for indefinitely.

The government has not permitted to land/ depart any citizens of Nepal. Even the bodies of Nepalese citizens are kept abroad. Even Nepalis whose employment period has expired have not been able to return for work.


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