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21 Jul 2020 | 10:16 AM UTC

Nepal: Authorities to resume domestic and international flights from August 17 /update 18

Nepal News Alert

Authorities announce domestic and international commercial flight to resume from August 17; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/21/2020, 12:00 AM until 8/20/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kathmandu). COUNTRY/REGION Nepal

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Event

Nepalese authorities announced on Monday, July 20, that domestic and international commercial flight operations are scheduled to resume from August 17, amid the easing of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in the country. Flights were previously suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has reportedly conducted assessments of airports to ensure that social distancing measures can be met whilst also meeting capacity requirements. Other measures are to be anticipated at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal's only international airport. 

Currently, travelers arriving into Nepal have to self-quarantine for 14 days, and anyone suspected of having the virus will also be quarantined for 14 days.

As of Tuesday, July 21, health authorities have confirmed a total of 17,844 COVID-19 cases with 40 associated deaths in the country. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized. 

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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