Domestic and International flights on run from 1st September in Nepal
With six months-long flights suspension, and unsuccessful on resuming flights due to COVID pandemic, Nepal has finally revised the date to open airport.
The Nepal Government removed nation-wide lockdown on July 21. In addition, the notice was released mentioning the domestic and international flights to be resumed on the 17th of August. However, with the rise of Corona cases and increased death toll, the government is compelled to suspend the flights’ resumption.
Moreover, the second phase of lockdown is implemented from August 19 mid-night until September 2 mid-night.
Amidst the Corona crisis and second phase lockdown, Civil Aviation Authority Nepal released a notice regarding the resumption of long-distance flights from 1st of September. After plenty of long meetings and discussions, the Government has finally lifted the international flights suspension and granted permission for eight countries. The flight schedule has been finalized via press-release. Keeping the crisis on focal point the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has implemented emergency flight resumption from 1st of September for a month.
According to the notice, two Nepalese airlines company have been granted permission for conducting 29 international flights. Nepal Airlines will conduct a total of 17 flights and Himalaya Airlines will conduct 12 flights. Having said that, a total of 32 flights are granted for International airlines.
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation selected eight different countries to be connected with Nepal directly via flights. The designated domestic and international flights will be flying to and from China, Hongkong, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, UAE, Qatar and Turkey.
International flights from China were the first prohibition in Nepal as Corona pandemic hauled from there. Now, Tribhuwan International Airport will be opened for Chinese airlines from three cities. Chongqing, Guangzhou and Chhendu are the cities with less Corona cases. Respected cities will be connected with Nepal via China Southern and Air China.
Meanwhile, Catha Dragon from Hongkong, Korean Air from South Korea, Malaysia Airlines from Kuala Lumpur got permission for flights to Nepal. Etihad and Fly Dubai from Abu Dhabi and Dubai and Turkish Air from Istanbul will connect to Nepal.
Besides International flights, Nepal Government has given permission for 27 Nepalese chartered flights throughout the September. The main objective for domestic chartered flights is to rescue Nepalese nationals stranded in those eight countries. The flights are scheduled for three cities in Saudi Arabia; Riyadh, Dammam and Jeddah. Also, Nepal Airlines and Himalaya Airlines will travel to the Maldives, Japan, Oman, Kuwait and Qatar in September.
Who can come?
Keeping the emergency step on implementation, the government has banned on-arrival visas. Now, one has to obtain visas from the embassy of Nepal of their respected countries. The Government has allowed the following people to entry Nepal according to the situation demands.
- Nepalese Citizen
- Employees of Diplomatic Missions
- Employees of Development Partnership Administration
- Representatives of International Organization invites by Nepal Government
What are the protocols to be followed?
As Corona cases are increasing rapidly, people entering from foreign countries can be dangerous to the present scenario. However, the Government has published vital protocols to be followed mandatorily by every incoming people.
- Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test negative report obtained within 72 hours prior to arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport is required.
- 14 days quarantine is mandatory after arrival in Kathmandu.
- People must stay 7 days quarantine in designated hotels in Kathmandu and rest 7 days can be quarantined in the outside valley.