While pointing out that Indian nationals have been using Nepal as a transit point to travel to other countries, the home ministry of Nepal has issued a statement restricting such movement after April 28, 2021.
Advising against this move, the Embassy of India in Nepal has quoted a notification issued by the Department of Immigration of the Ministry of Home Affairs of Nepal that stated, “The arrival of foreigners intending to travel to third countries via Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and using TIA as transit airport will be restricted from 28 April 2021 midnight till the next notice.” However, “… The ongoing services provided to travellers arriving to Nepal as final destination and departing from Nepal will be continued as usual.”
The embassy also mentioned that it is in contact with Nepalese authorities to facilitate travel of bona fide Indian nationals already in Nepal.
Following the surge of Covid cases in India, many countries have suspended or restricted flight operations, with Australia being the latest to suspend all direct passenger flights from India until May 15. Neighbouring New Zealand was the first country to impose a temporary ban on all travellers from India, barring even returning Kiwis to enter the country.
The Kiwi flight ban that started on April 11, ends tomorrow and will most probably be further extended. Some of the other countries that have imposed restrictions include, UAE, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, UK, Canada, Oman and many more.