Nepal makes 7-day hotel quarantine compulsory for returnees

File: A cabinet meeting

Kathmandu, August 21

The government has decided to make it compulsory for people returning home from abroad to stay in quarantine at a local hotel for at least seven days and get released only after confirming they have not contracted Covid-19.

As per a decision of the cabinet meeting on Thursday evening, the government will soon publish a list of the hotels providing quarantine facilities, and the returnees can choose one for them. The returning workers themselves have to bear costs involved.

With the decision, the government has decided to resume halted repatriation flights. However, such flights will be restricted to three per day, according to a minister.

Earlier, on Monday, the Covid-19 Crisis Management Centre had told the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation to postpone the scheduled flights citing hotel quarantine has not been guaranteed.

Whereas those returning to Nepal on flights will have to quarantine themselves in Kathmandu, those returning home via 10 open border points with India are also required to find a hotel nearby the border point for the weeklong quarantine.

Meanwhile, the meeting endorsed condolence on the death of Rastrakavi Madhav Prasad Ghimire. Likewise, another proposal regarding condolence on the deaths caused by floods and landslides across the country has also been passed.

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