Community unites to make semi-chartered flight possible for Nepalis stranded in Australia, fare USD 1151

Under the coordination of Nepalese Embassy in Canberra and NRNA Australia, and with the active collaboration of broader community organisations, a semi-chartered flight from Australia to Nepal has been made available.

NRNA Australia has confirmed the semi-chartered repatriation flight on 14th of July 2020 via Singapore Airlines. Depending upon the volume of application they may operate another repatriation flight on 21st of July 2020.

Interested Nepalis are requested to fill the following form:

Nepalis who wish to return home will have to fly to Singapore from their respective cities in Australia, and then a chartered plane will ferry them home. The feasibility of the idea was discussed during an MNTV Interview with Nepalese Ambassador to Nepal H.E Mahesh Raj Dahal, President of NRNA Australia Keshav Kandel, CEO of Buddha Travels Bhim Neupane, and owner of Everest Travels and Tours, who is also the National Youth Coordinator for NRNA Australia Ersad Ahmed. The interview, led by Chiranjebi Devkota of MNTV, discussed an important agenda – “how can we make upcoming flights more cheaper for Nepalis stranded in Australia?”

One of the solutions approached was the above mentioned flight, and community members are happy to share the announcement.

Previously, two repatriation flights have been organised from Australia to Nepal, however, they had come under criticism, as fares were above USD 1600 in both instances.

For those who wish to return home, the following provisions and rules have also been announced:

  1. Abide by quarantine measures as directed by the government.
  2. Costs associated with air fare, hotel quarantine, airport quarantine and other travel related expenses must be borne by the traveller.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. All travellers will have to download the MoHP ‘Hamro Swasthya’ app, and must register symptoms with the app regularly.
  6. Passengers will be cleared to transfer to their district quarantine section after completing all formalities in the holding centre at Kathmandu.
  7. All passengers must abide by rules and regulations concerning public health and safety.