Thursday, December 17, 2020

Nepali and Indian air travellers don't have to stay in quarantine, says Nepal Airlines

Nepalis and Indians flying to each other's countries are not required to undergo quarantine if they have a negative virus test report completed less than 72 hours before departure, Nepal Airlines said on Thursday, as it resumed services to New Delhi after a nine-month break.

“People are confused about the quarantine requirement. Travellers from both countries will not have to quarantine themselves if they have a valid negative RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) test report,” said Anil Ghimire, deputy director of the national flag carrier's customer service department at Tribhuvan International Airport.

“As cases of fake RT-PCR reports have been rising, we have made it mandatory for travellers to bring the original report that is stamped or certified by the lab,” he said, adding that several passengers holding scanned copies were found to have falsified reports.

“Nepalis travelling to India are not required to undergo a two-week quarantine, and Indians coming to Nepal are too not required to undergo a seven-day hotel quarantine, as per the circulars issued by the two governments under the air bubble arrangement,” Ghimire told the Post.

17/12/20 Sangam Prasain/Kathmandu Post

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