Nepal extends suspension of international flights till May 31

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Kathmandu: Nepal has extended the suspension of all scheduled international flights till May 31 except two flights a week between Kathmandu and New Delhi. Earlier, the flights were suspended till May 14.

However, chartered and rescue flights would take place during this period, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).

CAAN said that there will be two flights a week between Kathmandu and New Delhi — one each by Nepal Airlines and Air India—under the Air Travel Bubble Arrangement between Nepal and India.

The national aviation governing body said that arriving passengers shall undergo mandatory quarantine at their own cost for 10 days in hotels enlisted by Ministry for Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation. Likewise, a person violating the quarantine provision shall be penalized in accordance with the Infectious Diseases Act, 2020 BS.

CAAN stated that airlines found boarded any PCR positive passenger shall be liable to bear the cost of hotel quarantine of all passengers on board that aircraft.

Similarly, passengers are required to furnish PCR report with photo identification and barcode while arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

Airlines are informed not to open passenger booking to and from Nepal until further advice and also notified to facilitate refunding of air ticket or extension of travel date as required by passengers, CAAN said in a statement.