Nepal eases quarantine rules for Gulf, Malaysia returnees

Kathmandu, June 1

As Nepal is preparing to reopen a few of the regular flights, the government has eased quarantine rules for its citizens returning from the Gulf and Malaysia.

Nepal is resuming suspended flights to China, Qatar and Turkey in the next few days, and dozes of Nepali workers in the Gulf and Malaysia are expected to come back via Qatar. Flights between Nepal and India are already regular, twice every week.

As per the new rules, those returning from foreign employment in the Gulf countries and Malaysia should stay in hotel quarantine for five days only. The government has been forcing people coming from India on regular flights to stay in hotel quarantine for 10 days.

But, those returning from employment in the Gulf and Malaysia can go home if they test negative for the coronavirus after five days, Tourism and Civil Aviation Secretary Yadav Prasad Koirala informs.

Other passengers, however, are required to stay in hotel quarantine for 10 days except in exceptional cases.

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