Nepal banned all domestic flights from Monday midnight and all international flights from Wednesday midnight until May 14 amid a surge in Covid-19 cases.
“The decision on flight restrictions are in place until May 14″. Health Minister Hridayesh Tripathi informed the Kathmandu Post. ” However, the charter flights are allowed.”
Nepal has also made quarantine mandatory for everyone arriving in the country.
Foreigners flying into the Kathmandu Valley are subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine in hotels upon arrival. A negative polymerase chain reaction test result obtained within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. It is required for entry into Nepal.
Bus services, halted since Thursday (April 29), reported Kathmandu Post. According to statistics of Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, domestic airlines saw an all-time one-day record of passenger numbers of 15,263 on April 28. While a day before the prohibitory orders came into force enforced in Kathmandu Valley, as people scrambled to leave the Capital city.
“The whole country is going into lockdown and the two-week circuit-breaker is a wise decision,” Birendra Bahadur Basnet. He is managing director of Buddha Air told the Kathmandu Post. “We will regret it if we don’t act now.”
As a result, Nepal on Sunday banned all domestic flights from Monday midnight. And all international flights from Wednesday midnight until May 14 amid a surge in COVID-19 cases. The country has also made quarantine mandatory for everyone arriving in the country.
Nepal Covid-case updates
Nepal on Sunday reported the highest-single day surge of coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic in January last year. The country recorded 7,137 new cases in polymerase chain reaction tests and 74 in antigen tests. With 27 new fatalities from COVID-19-related complications, the death toll has reached 3,325.
The countrywide infection tally has reached 3,36,030, with the number of active cases at 48,711.