Covid-19: Nepal allows ‘special flights’ to evacuate stranded foreigners

Nepal has permitted special to evacuate over 7,000 foreign nationals, including Indians, stranded in the country after it suspended all to check its worst COVID-19 surge amid acute shortages of medical facilities.

Tourists from abroad have been anxiously waiting to get out of Kathmandu after the government extended the lockdown by two weeks, and cancelled all flights, except the two weekly bubble services to India, following a surge in coronavirus infections.

Foreign embassies have stepped up efforts to repatriate stranded trekkers and mountaineers.

More than 7,000 foreigners, including some 2,000 Indians, are estimated to be stranded in Nepal, the Kathmandu Post reported.

We have allowed a few evacuation based on the request of foreign embassies in Nepal, Rajan Pokhrel, director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, was quoted as saying by the…

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