To stem the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Nepalese government decided to suspend international flights from 12 a.m. on May 6, but under the Bubble Travel agreement between Nepal and India, two weekly passenger flights from Delhi, India, are still allowed to enter Nepal.
On the evening of May 2nd, local time, a cabinet meeting in Nepal discussed a plan to allow flights from countries and regions less affected by the outbreak to be reduced to a quota of 50% of the current frequency to enter Nepal.
On the afternoon of May 3rd Nepal’s Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation clarified its decision to hold a cabinet meeting, with Rajan Pokhrel, head of Nepal’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAAN), saying the government had revised its previous plan to reduce flights between India from seven to two a week from midnight on May 6th, while banning other international commercial passenger flights.
Nepal’s civil aviation officials said that once the current situation has improved, international flights will resume as soon as possible, for the time being should not need to coordinate charter flights to pick up passengers.
In addition, the Government of Nepal has decided to ban domestic passenger flights from midnight on 3 May, but to allow charter flights or helicopters to be sent to participate in rescue operations if necessary.