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NTB rescuing foreigners stranded in Nepal


Nepalnews
2021 May 20, 20:12, Kathmandu
This image shows the office of Nepal Tourism Board at Pradarshani Marga in Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu in February 2017. Photo: NTB

The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has been continuing activities to facilitate the related agencies and rescue the foreign tourists stranded in different parts of the country with the enforcement of prohibitory orders to contain coronavirus. The NTB formed disaster management and communication cell and intensified the works on tourists' rescue.

Even the hotel quarantine for Indian tourists has been managed and facilitated for their monitoring as per Nepal-India Air Bubble Agreement.

Information about the foreign nationals is being collected via 'travel locator'. Online forms are filled with information about foreign nationals and the area they visited. The information is then forwarded to the relevant embassies once they demand, said Director at NTB, Mani Lamichhane.r The related agencies are informed about the location/area of tourists.

So far 448 foreign nationals have been registered in the travel locator. Among them, 82 are US citizens, 58 Indian, 37 Russian, 29 British, 27 German, 22 Ukrainian, 19 Pakistani, 14 Bangladeshi. Similarly, 14 are Spanish, 12 Swiss, nine Canadian, seven Dutch, six Romanian, five Slovakian, four Belarusians, and two each from Australia and Japan.

The tourists are provided information about the management of quarantine and other information. The tourists themselves select the services. Currently, NTB has informed the ministry and the related bodies about the number of Indian citizens and their stay in different hotels and their health condition, Director Lamichhane said.

The foreign tourists are first brought to Kathmandu from different places and facilitated for their home return. The rescued tourists have been returning to their countries via chartered flights.

With the second wave of COVID-19 plaguing the country, the government has continued prohibitory orders in several districts including the Kathmandu Valley since April 29

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