Nepal to initiate the resumption of flights from India to Nepal and vice versa

The Ministry of Civil Aviation of Nepal has submitted an initiative to restart flights into and out of India to Nepal beginning October 17, a representative from the Crisis Management Centre (CCMC) of Nepal has said to ANI.
Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Nepal had previously suspended all flights into and out of India since March after implementing a national lockdown throughout Nepal.

According to the Joint Secretary of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Kamal Prasad Bhattarai, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal has agreed to reopen the air service from Nepal and India after such seven months.

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“From October 17, we suggested continuance of flights; the request was submitted to the CCMC for approval; however, no answer has ever been received. After they determine, we would further work out numbers of flights and permissions to be given,” Bhattarai said during a phone call to ANI.

After the CCMC accepts the plan, the definitive statement on the reopening of flights would be submitted to the cabinet meeting. In response to the plan, the Government sent a health guideline, which would be equivalent to all passengers arriving through all airlines.

“The CCMC or the government may also draw up a new framework, but we have already suggested the current protocol, which will also be relevant to individuals coming from various countries,” Bhattarai said.

“The CCMC or the government may also draw up a new framework, but we have already suggested the current protocol, which will also be relevant to individuals coming from various countries,” Bhattarai said.

A compulsory RT-PCR negative test for COVID-19, never exceeding 72 hours from the period of boarding the aircraft, will be needed, as per the current procedure. Airlines will not carry, on the same aircraft, travelers who do not have an RT-PCR record and others with a record.

Nepali people from India will have to remain in home quarantine for 14 days, whereas foreign nationals would have to remain in a hotel quarantine for only seven days.

Many repatriation flights has been conducted from Nepal by several Indian Airlines

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