Govt lifts mandatory hotel quarantine decision

Kathmandu: The Department of Immigration has lifted its decision of mandatory quarantine for the passengers travelling from 67 countries.

Friday only, the department had issued a notice stating that one has to stay in the hotel quarantine for seven days when coming to Nepal from 67 different countries. However, on Saturday, Immigration posted a notice on its website stating that the decision has been postponed for now.

Passengers arriving from abroad will not be subject to mandatory quarantine until further notice unless a reason is given for the postponement of the decision.

Earlier, in a statement on Friday, the Council of Ministers had said that passengers entering Nepal from 67 high-risk countries would have to stay in Hotel Quarantine for seven days at their own expense.

Passengers from those countries will have to test through the RT-PCR method. The department had said that even after the negative result, one has to stay in the home quarantine for 7 days and if the positive report is received, he will be sent to the designated isolation center or hospital.