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March 17, 2020

35 NRNs including foreigners deported from TIA

Kathmandu: At least 35 non-resident Nepalis (NRNs) including foreigners have been deported from Tribhuvan International Airport ( TIA) for failing to comply with the Nepal government’s travel advisory in a move to contain the effect of Coronavirus.

Government authorities said that 35 NRNs including foreigners were deported after government-imposed travel advisory for the NRNs and foreigners arriving in Nepal from the COVID-19 infected countries that entail them to submit a recent health certificate  verifying that they are not infected with Coronavirus.

The government adopted these precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus in the country. Nepal has already halted issuing visa on arrival from March 13 to April 30 for nationals from Coronavirus hit countries.

The deported persons include the nationals from countries such as China, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Hongkong, Mexico, Israel, Netherland, Australia, and Afganistan.

The lethal epidemic Coronavirus known as COVID-19 which spread from mainland China has already claimed the lives of over 7,174 people globally with maximum deaths in China only and around 182,725 people (in more than 150 countries) being infected around the world.

COVID-19 has insidiously affected tourism worldwide, including Nepal. Nepal continues to scramble for preventive measures with limited resources. According to Nepali authorities, six patients suspected of Coronavirus are in isolation wards in hospitals.

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