Antigen Test may not be required for Domestic Flyers

20, Jan 2022 | nepaltraveller.com

The government has concluded from a meeting at the Home Ministry that rapid antigen test for flyers is not required and 'maybe exempted'

The government has concluded from a meeting at the Home Ministry that rapid antigen test for flyers is not required and 'maybe exempted'. This decision has been the conclusion from the domestic airline companies. 

The Cabinet had decided that domestic airlines should do a mandatory antigen test of visitors and allow them to travel only if they come negative with the airline covering the cost of the tests. But now, the Tourism Ministry has announced that the issue of exemption of antigen test is 'under consideration.'

Many in the aviation industry have pointed out that mandatory antigen test is impractical. The antigen test takes about 20-25 minutes and the test costs Rs. 500 to 700 each, it takes a lot of resources. Some meanwhile, are confused over the provision for rescue or emergency flights and whether the patients need to retest for any flights rescheduling. 

But while the mandatory antigen test is under discussion, vaccination cards for everyone visiting public places is strictly mandatory. The Health Ministry has said that any exemption from this policy would be suicidal. 

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