PCR report not required to fly to Lukla Airport in Everest region now

File: Lukla Airport

Kathmandu, January 24

The local government in Khumbu Pasanglhamu rural municipality of Sulukhumbu district has lifted a restriction imposed on the travel to the Tenzing-Hillary Airport (Lukla Airport).

The airport is mostly used by tourists, including climbers and trekkers, visiting the Everest region.

Although travelling to other domestic airports of the country would not require a PCR test certifying the person is free of the coronavirus, the local government in Lukla had required this in its bid to save the area from the infection. Now, from Saturday (January 23), a PCR report is not required, according to the rural municipality’s Chief Administrative Officer Binod Bhattarai.

Bhattarai says all airline companies have already been informed of the decision.

If there are some people with Covid-19 symptoms, they can undergo an antibody test at a local hospital, it has been learned.

The decision is expected to increase the number of tourists, both domestic and foreign, visiting the region.

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