five thousand foreigners due to lockdown return home from Nepal

Sharada Khatri

KATHMANDU, May 10: Nearly 5,000 foreigners have returned to their respective countries from Nepal in the past few weeks after the enforcement of a nationwide lockdown by the Nepal government to stop the spread of coronavirus in late March.

Officials at the Department of Immigration (DoI) under the Ministry of Home Affairs said that 4,874 foreigners flew back to their homes via chartered flights over the past few weeks.

Ramchandra Tiwari, director at the DoI, informed Republica Online that 51 special chartered flights were used to repatriate the foreign nationals from 60 countries, mostly westerns.

Even though the government suspended commercial international flights to prevent and control the coronavirus transmission to the country from March 24, it decided to allow the foreign countries to repatriate their stranded citizens here.

The highest number of foreigners who returned home from Nepal is from the United Kingdom (666). The United States rescued 535 of its citizens, Germany evacuated 656, Canada rescued 322, France rescued 425, and Australia rescued 236 of its citizens. Likewise, South Korea rescued its 163 citizens, the Netherlands rescued 176, Japan rescued 162, Russia rescued 110 nationals, and the Maldives rescued 18 nationals.

Likewise, Switzerland, Italy, Russia, Poland, Austria, New Zealand, China, Singapore, Bangladesh, Africa, Mexico, Norway, and Portugal among other countries also evacuated their nationals from Nepal, according to the department.

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