Nepal has suggested the resumption of flights to India from 17 October. According to sources, the Nepalese Ministry of Civil Aviation submitted a proposal to the COVID-19 Crisis Management Center (CCMC), which would see the flight between the two countries resumed after approximately 7 months. Nepal blocked all flights to and from India back in March, following a nationwide lockdown following the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Strict health protocols suggested
 
Nepal’s Joint Secretary for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Kamal Prasad Bhattarai, told ANI: “We have proposed the resumption of flights from 17 October, the proposal has been forwarded to the CCMC for consideration, but we have yet to receive any response. Once they decide on the date on which we can further figure out the number of flights and permits to be given.” Bhattarai also added that, once the plan has been approved, air operations will resume in accordance with the health protocol.
 
As per sources, once the plan has been approved, it will go to the Cabinet for final approval. The health protocol set out in the proposal would be similar to those for people coming from different countries to Nepal.
 
Under the current procedure, all passengers entering Nepal via airways must apply a negative RT-PCR test result for COVID-19 and the test date should not exceed 72 hours prior to the time of boarding. In addition, foreigners entering Nepal are expected to quarantine for 7 days in a hotel, while Nepalese people returning from India must quarantine for 14 days in their homes.
 
Nepal has registered more than 82,000 positive coronavirus cases to date and has a death toll of over 500 people. According to the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, the US-registered more than 7.2 million positive COVID-19 cases and more than 200,000 deaths.
 
 
 
 

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