Last Updated: May 3, 2021, 2230 hrs
Nepal, on Sunday banned all domestic flights from Monday midnight and all international flights from Wednesday midnight until May 14 amid a surge in COVID-19 cases across the world. Nepal has also made quarantine mandatory for everyone arriving in the country.
Foreigners flying into the Kathmandu Valley are subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine in hotels upon arrival. A negative PCR test result obtained within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin is required for entering the country.
The countrywide infection tally in Nepal has reached 3,36,030, with the number of active cases at 48,711. Such a high number of daily cases prior to Sunday was recorded on October 21 last year when the country reported 5,743 COVID-19 infections on a single day.
Birendra Bahadur Basnet, managing director of Buddha Air quoted “The whole country is going into lockdown and the two-week circuit-breaker is a wise decision and we will regret it if we don’t act now.”
On April 29, Nepal enforced two-week prohibitory orders in Kathmandu Valley as the three districts of the Valley-Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur-are the most affected ones by the pandemic in terms of the number of daily cases, reported Kathmandu Post.
According to statistics of Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, domestic airlines saw an all-time one-day record of passenger numbers of 15,263 on April 28, a day before the prohibitory orders came into force enforced in Kathmandu Valley, as people scrambled to leave the Capital city.
However, passenger numbers started to drop gradually and stood at 7,225 on Sunday.