Nepal bans UK flights

FILE PHOTO: An airplane from Turkish Airlines prepares to land at Cointrin airport in Geneva, Switzerland December 5, 2017. Photo courtesy: Reuters

Kathmandu: The government has banned people from entering Nepal from the UK. The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has instructed the airlines not to bring any passengers from the UK after a new strain of corona virus was found in the UK.

The CAAN has directed not to carry passengers coming from UK or any other transit. This decision will be effective from Wednesday.

Nearly 50 countries have canceled flights to the UK and imposed travel bans following a new strain of the corona virus.

Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Mahendra Prasad Guragain, said the decision was taken to block entry into Nepal from the UK after a new virus was found in the UK and the virus was found to be more contagious than before. He said that the Nepali government has also barred entry to Nepal after the European Union stopped direct flights and transit with the UK.

The meeting has also requested those who have come to Nepal from mid-December to go home/destination only after sitting in quarantine for 7 days.