International flights to Nepal will resume from 1 September, a government spokesperson announced on 22 August.
All scheduled flights to Nepal were cancelled on 22 March in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Flights to Nepal to Resume
Yubaraj Khatiwada, Minister for Finance and Communication, announced that the decision to resume international flights to Nepal had been made at a cabinet meeting and that the, “Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation will publish the table of flight schedules starting from 1 September.”
The government had intended to recommence international flights on 17 August, but this was delayed due to a resurgence of cases in the country.
Nepal COVID-19 Cases
According to the Himalayan Times, currently there are 12,234 people currently under quarantine in the country. Some 838 new cases were recorded on 21 August, with 11 deaths.
Nepal has had just more than 30,000 recorded cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, with 137 fatalities from the coronavirus.
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Since late March, the Himalayan country has only allowed a limited number of chartered flights to land in the country, and these have been for humanitarian reasons, mainly for the delivery of medical supplies.
It has not yet been announced from which countries the Nepalese flights will depart, nor what restrictions will be placed upon those people arriving at the country. Currently entry to Nepal is prohibited to pople from many countries, including the UK.
While flights to Nepal might start from 1 September, the border crossings will remain closed to foreigners from third countries until 16 September. Click here, to read the UK Government’s travel advice for Nepal.
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