Nepal Economic Digest (Sept 14, 2020)


September 14, 2020


Nepal Economic Digest (Sept 14, 2020)

KATHMANDU: Economic Digest, a daily morning email digest, is basically a relatable summation of important business news from Nepal into easy-to-understand summaries.

Qatar Airways resumes three weekly flights from Kathmandu

Qatar Airways has resumed three weekly flights from Kathmandu.

As per the guidelines of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal, Nepali nationals, United Nations specialized organizations’ representatives, development partners’ representatives and officials from the embassies working in Nepal can travel to Kathmandu via Qatar Airways.

Additionally, all arriving passengers to Nepal must have a negative RT-PCR test conducted within 72 hours of the scheduled flight time and must have completed an online entry form.

Pokhara int’l airport will complete within stipulated time: Minister Bhattarai

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Kumar Bhattarai has reiterated that the construction works of the Pokhara Regional International Airport (PRIA) would be completed within the stipulated time.

He said so in the course of on-site observation of the construction works on the airport today. PRIA is a national pride project.

The Civil Aviation Minister said the construction of the airport is going on regularly despite the coronavirus crisis and that the government was committed to complete it and bring it into operation within the deadline.

He assured that the government would make the required facilitation not to let a shortage of means and resources including the human resources for the project due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Minister Bhattarai on the occasion expressed the confidence that the construction of the airport would be completed within 2021 as per the target and international flights started by that time.

PCR test to cost Rs 2,000

The government has reduced the price for the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test amid increasing number of coronavirus cases in the country.

Dr Jageshwor Gautam, Spokesperson at Ministry at Health and Population informed that the test will be conducted with the maximum price of Rs 2,000 in all government and private laboratories.

Earlier, the price of the test was Rs 4,400.

Visa services for foreign nationals resume from Sunday

The Immigration Department (DoI) has reinstated visa services for foreign nationals from Sunday.

A month ago, the service was suspended as one of the DoI staffers tested COVID-19 positive.

Visas are to be regulated without any late fees and penalties until September 27, according to the department. To claim that online, interactive and mobile services are not possible because of the current visa policy.

The department has asked the service seekers to contact the DoI within 15 days after the visa services are reinstated for late fee and penalty exemption.

The visa of foreign nationals with valid visas until March 21, who are unable to return to their country for different reasons within 15 days of the date of resumption of international flights, will be controlled without any charge until August 14th.

“But as of August 15, the maximum visa will be controlled until December 15 along with daily tourist visa fees,” the Department said.

(Compiled and prepared by Nitish Lal Shrestha)

Nepal Economic Digest is a daily morning email digest, basically relatable summations of the most important business news, happenings from Nepal into easy-to-understand summaries.

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