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Nepal removes 800-passenger ceiling on incoming flights

The international terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport is ready for operation after the lockdown, with ‘social-distance marks’.

Kathmandu, September 10

Owing to concerns expressed by stakeholders, the government on Thursday has removed a ceiling it had set on the number of flight passengers coming to Nepal.

Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Yogesh Bhattarai says the limit that only up to 800 passengers come to Nepal a day has been removed. With the decision, around 2,000 to 3,000 Nepalis can come back home on a daily basis, expects Bhattarai.

As per the decision, airline companies can take as many passengers as they wish where Nepal has already resumed regular flights from and to. Bhattarai says the ministry will issue permits in such cases.

Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokharel, Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Gyawali, Labour and Employment Minister Rameshwar Raya Yadav, and Minister Bhattarai had held a meeting in this regard today, Bhattarai informs, adding Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has also been consulted.

Rules regarding the requirement of PCR tests and quarantine, however, are intact.

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