The government of Nepal has taken a decision to resume flights to China, Qatar and Turkey starting from the 1st of June 2021. As per the discussion on the regular cabinet ministers’ meeting on Thursday, the decision to carry out a single flight per week to these destinations was made public by the tourism minister Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal. However, the decision on the recommencement of the national flights has not yet been taken.
Despite the chartered flights currently being in operation, the government has taken this initiative to curb issues and complaints that public are being harassed with high fees. According to the tourism minister Dhakal, the flights will take passengers from Kathmandu to Doha in Qatar, Istanbul in Turkey and to any one of the cities in China where the aircraft currently has permission. Both way flights would be conducted in operation.
However, the government has set aside some rules for passengers to comply with. The incoming passengers must have received their full dose of vaccination and produce a negative PCR result prior to boarding their flight from those cities. Also, they must strictly open the 10 days home quarantine rule after their arrival to Nepal.
In cases, where the passenger has only been inoculated with single doses but has a negative PCR result, they must quarantine at a predetermined government selected hotel 3 days before leaving for their own destinations. The cost for the 3-day quarantine must be taken on by the traveller. Likewise, a 10-day hotel quarantine rule with self-funding has been set aside for incoming visitor/citizen that has no prior vaccination record but produces a negative PCR result.