The Nepalese Embassy in Canberra, Australia has announed the availability of two repatriation flights for Nepalis stranded in Australia and New Zealand. The flights, scheduled for 17th June, 2020 and 22nd June, 2020 require a minimum 85% occupancy to be made possible, as per a Press Release by the Embassy.
The Embassy has also said flight dates could be changed, and that it will announce further details regarding air fare and city of departure on a later date. Both flights will be operated by Nepal Airlines, Nepal’s national carrier.
The Embassy will also contact the list of people, who have been selected on a priority basis for repatriation. On 2nd June, 2020, the Embassy had called on Nepalis in Australia who wished to return home urgently to fill forms – and their priority will be established from the details supplied.
Almost 1,300 Nepalis in Australia had filled the form, announcing their intention to return home urgently.
For those who wish to return home, the following provisions and rules have also been announced:
- Any citizen entering Nepal must undergo a 14 day quarantine period as allocated by the local level government. Following a swab sample test, the citizen must also undergo a cumpulsory 7 day home quarantine.
- Costs associated with air fare, hotel quarantine, airport quarantine and other travel related expenses must be borne by the traveller.
- Citizens wishing to return home must present a PCR report as proof that they have not been diagnosed with COVID-19. One copy is to be presented at the Embassy, and another must be kept with the person at all times.
- All travellers will undergo a temperature check at TIA, Kathmandu – passengers with temperature higher than 100.4 degree Fahrenheit will be taken to the isolation ward while others will be taken to a holding centre.
- All travellers will have to download the MoHP ‘Hamro Swasthya’ app, and must register symptoms with the app regularly.
- Passengers will be cleared to transfer to their district quarantine section after completing all formalities in the holding centre at Kathmandu.
- All passengers must abide by rules and regulations concerning public health and safety.