August 13, 2020
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) is preparing to start the fifth phase of repatriation flight as the resume of domestic cum international flights has been postponed by the Cabinet meeting held on Monday. Previously, it was scheduled to be resumed by August 17 of this year.
The government of Nepal itself announced that it will conduct the fifth phase of repatriation flights. This announcement was made as the COVID-19 infection and death are increasing massively in the country. Although, Suresh Acharya, the joint secretary of MoCTCA said that the number limitation in repatriation is quite difficult to execute the Cabinet had decided to bring a maximum of 500 Nepalese citizens per day from abroad.
Yubaraj Khatiwada, the government’s Spokesperson has informed that the Cabinet has given a go-ahead for the fifth phase of repatriation flight under which 300 self-financing passengers will be repatriated per day on the recommendation of the respective embassies and the remaining 200 Nepalese will be included through the Foreign Employment Welfare Fund. He also added that it will be mandatory for the passengers evacuated under the fifth phase of repatriation to stay in quarantine in the Kathmandu valley only. They will be allowed to back to their homes only after their COV- ID-19 tests come negative.
According to new rules, the passengers will have to take a PCR test within five to seven days of arriving in the country and will be sent home only if their report shows they have tested negative for coronavirus. Furthermore, the government had started repatriating Nepali citizens from overseas on June 10 where a total of 48,832 have returned home till date.