Nepal Airlines to accept certificates provided by federal government laboratories only
Nepal Airlines states it will just accept unfavorable Covid-19 test certificates provided by federal government labs after numerous incorrect negative passengers resulted in its being banned at some foreign airports. The provider has been boarding travellers holding a printed medical certificate with a negative test result released not more than 72 hours before departure by […]
Nepal Airlines states it will just accept unfavorable Covid-19 test certificates provided by federal government labs after numerous incorrect negative passengers resulted in its being banned at some foreign airports.
The provider has been boarding travellers holding a printed medical certificate with a negative test result released not more than 72 hours before departure by any recognized private lab. Doubts were raised about the accuracy of such certificates after numerous passengers were found to be infected upon arrival at the destination.
2 weeks earlier, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal raised concerns about the credibility of personal labs after Nepal Airlines passengers carrying Covid negative certificates checked positive at foreign airports.
Such ‘false certificates’ are bad for the national flag carrier as foreign governments might bar it for violating Covid-19 norms, the country’s civil air travel regulator stated.
” As these cases have not stopped, the board of directors of Nepal Airlines recently passed a choice to accept just unfavorable Covid-19 test certificates produced by federal government labs,” stated Karishma Shrestha, representative for the nationwide flag carrier.
” The board decision has actually been sent to the Health Ministry for approval,” said Shrestha. “Due to the Tihar celebration, the ministry has actually not sent its response. As soon as we get approval from the government, we will implement it,” she said, including that it would assist Nepal Airlines to ascertain whether the test certificates released by private labs were false or not.
” We can not blame personal labs outright, however recurring cases have actually made us presume their certificates.”
Nepal Airlines was suspended from operating Kathmandu-Hong Kong flights for the 3rd time given that November 12 after another batch of its passengers tested positive for the coronavirus on arrival.
” The ban will remain up until November 25,” stated Shrestha.
Following the event, the Hong Kong government likewise ramped up its crackdown versus airlines allowing guests from high-risk places who do not meet entry requirements to board their aircraft, which include holding a negative virus test result and a valid hotel booking.
Arrivals from outdoors China will also have to quarantine at hotels, rather than in their homes, starting November 13, as announced previously.
Passengers should schedule for their post-arrival Covid-19 test at the airport in Hong Kong and provide a specimen. They get their test results through SMS and e-mail after a couple of hours; and if the test result is negative, a green QR code will be received.
They need to provide the green QR code to personnel at the exit of the waiting location, complete migration procedures and continue to the Arrivals Hall.
On October 3, six travelers on a Nepal Airlines flight to Hong Kong evaluated favorable upon arrival. The carrier was issued a two-week suspension for breaking Covid-19 norms by Hong Kong authorities.
Again on October 22, nine Nepal Airlines guests, who had twice tested unfavorable during their quarantine period, were amongst the 11 new Covid-19 cases detected in Hong Kong. Authorities prohibited the carrier yet again, simply 4 days after it had actually finished a two-week suspension on November 4.
Nepal Airlines stated that airports in the United Arab Emirates and Japan had also raised concern over the truthfulness of accreditation issued for passengers from Nepal.
Dubai has actually changed its Covid19 PCR test requirements Tourists should take 2 Covid19 PCR tests: one before departure with a credibility of 96 hours from the date of the test, and a 2nd test upon arrival in Dubai.
” Nepal Airlines might be blameless as it does not conduct the tests, and counts on the certificates produced by the passengers prior to boarding. But if such cases are not correctly monitored, it might spell catastrophe as it may tarnish Nepal’s reputation abroad,” Rajan Pokhrel, director general of the Civil Air Travel Authority of Nepal, stated in a current interview with the Post.
Pokhrel said that they had actually asked the government to designate dedicated and authorised screening labs for airline company guests.
According to reports, both India and Nepal are on Hong Kong’s list of high-risk countries for Covid-19 Those flying in from such places are required to check unfavorable for Covid-19 prior to departure, and to quarantine in a hotel upon arrival in the city. There are 11 other nations on the list.
On September 1, the federal government okayed resumption of regular international traveler flights after a five-month ban to prevent the spread of the infection.