Health precautions have been tightened at TIA

14th Jan, 2022 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Jan 14: Health precautions have been tightened at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), which attracts more domestic and international passengers. In order to control the risk of the Covid-19 pandemic, the airport has tightened the 'visitors' entering the airport in full compliance with the health standards. Passengers traveling on international flights have been tightened on visitor passes for farewell or welcome. Such passes have been given only to the most needy.

Bhola Prasad Guragain, general manager of the TIA, said that strict adherence to health standards has been made effective by tightening the visitor's pass to control the possible risk of Covid epidemic. "Passports for visitors to the airport are not completely closed, except for the most urgent ones. Access to the airport is tightened. This is expected to reduce congestion at the airport to some extent and also reduce the risk of epidemics."

At present, 19 airlines company, including 10 helicopters company, are operating domestic flights from TIA, while 20 airlines, including two Nepalese, have been operating international flights. According to Guragai, general manager of the airport, there are 17 regular and the rest chartered 25 to 30 international flights daily. There are 50 to 60 flights in both directions. Similarly, there are around 300 domestic flights daily.

As per the decision of Covid-19 Crisis Management Coordination Center (CCMC), it was decided to make it mandatory for the passengers arriving at the airport from January 22 to be involved with the covid vaccination card. Passengers on international flights are required to report a 72-hour PCR negative report. In the case of domestic flights, from the 7th of August, passengers will be able to travel only by showing the vaccination card.

With the escalation of covid infection, the airport office had issued a statement on January 12 stating that it was decided that V-pass would not be available except in emergencies. It has requested the public not to come to the airport for farewell and welcome except in case of emergency due to congestion at the airport. It has been requested to follow the required standards even during air travel.

The Department of Immigration has also requested everyone not to travel abroad unless absolutely necessary. The department has issued a travel advisory on January 12 requesting those who plan to travel from Nepal to countries at risk of infection with the new variant, not to travel unless absolutely necessary.