COVID-19 UPDATES - 31st August 2020
#Basanta Adventure introduced #Post #COVID-19 Safety Guideline:
Nepal Government has announced resumption of both domestic and international flights soon and issued protocol for operations of all tourism sectors. Similarly, Basanta Adventure has completed in-house safety protocols as per the World Health Organisation (WHO) guideline.
Restart #International #flights amidst #Covid from 1st September 2020 conditions applies.
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation will make the following arrangements for the operation and management of the following regular and rescue (charter) international flights without increasing the daily arrivals to 500 passengers.
1. Regular flights will be brought to Nepal only for Nepalese citizens and diplomats and staff of foreign missions in Nepal, staff and representatives of the United Nations and Development Partner organizations from the countries and cities with RT-PCR test facilities like Malaysia, UAE, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Australia, USA, Canada and European countries as per the decision of the Government of Nepal.
2. Regular flights from countries where PCR is not comfortable such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, or other countries are not allowed. To charter flights for the passengers as per the list recommended by the concerned Nepali diplomatic mission from such countries and countries where there are workers who are not allowed for regular flights.
3. The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation will publish the flight schedule from September 1, 2020 for regular flights as per Section (1).
4. Those who are coming on a regular flight must fill out an RT-PCR negative certificate within 72 hours of boarding the ship, fill out an online form on the Covid-19 Crisis Management Center (CCMC) website, and a barcode or print copy of them and evidence of hotel booking with mandatory stay in hotel quarantine for at least 7 days. The flight schedule will be published by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.
5. All RT-PCR negative certified passengers will be allowed to go home with a written commitment to stay at home quarantine for at least 14 days after the registration and health check-up and will be monitored by local level.
6. The cost of staying in the hotel quarantine for at least 7 days should be taken from the concerned passenger while issuing the air ticket to the passenger coming to Nepal from the flight so that he / she has to stay in the hotel quarantine. It will be the responsibility of the concerned airlines to pay the amount due to the hotel quarantine.
7. The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation will take action against the concerned airline company in accordance with the prevailing law if it is found that RTPCR has not been tested on regular flights, hotel bookings have not been made or other passengers have been met or any other irregularities have been committed.
8. Nepali citizens coming to Nepal by rescue flight other than those coming from the rescue flight at the expense of the Foreign Employment Welfare Fund must stay in the hotel within the Kathmandu Valley for at least 7 days at their own expense. However, Nepali citizens who have come to Nepal from RT-PCR negative flights will be allowed to stay in the home quarantine for 14 days with a written commitment and will be monitored by the local level.
9. People with RT-PCR negative and not RT-PCR test cannot be brought in the same flight. If a person with RT-PCR negative and RT-PCR test is brought on the same flight, all the passengers will have to stay in the hotel quarantine and the expenses incurred in the hotel quarantine will be borne by the concerned airlines. If it is found that the airlines have taken any action against this situation, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation will take action against the airlines as per the prevailing law.
10. Individuals who come to Nepal after other tests rather than RT-PCR test from the rescue flight must stay in quarantine for at least 7 days at their own expense in a hotel listed by District Covid-19 Crisis Management Center (CCMC) in coordination with the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. The Ministry of Health and Population will make arrangements for such persons to undergo RT-PCR test after 5 days of quarantine and if the result is negative, they will be allowed to stay in home quarantine for 7 more days.
11. Details of hotels listed for hotel quarantine from District Covid-19 Crisis Management Center (CCMC) will be made public on the website of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Nepal Civil Aviation Authority and Covid-19 Crisis Management Center (CCMC) and to inform all Nepali missions abroad and all concerned airlines. Other necessary matters will be determined by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation while managing the above flights
#Basanta Adventure #distributed #relief fund to freelance Trek Leaders
Covid-19 caused massive spike in unemployment in the tourism industry. Tourism being a sensitive industry it has suffered a lot in Nepal in particular in past due to many factors such as national and international geo politics , natural calamities and of course failure of Government proper recognition. Most development in the tourism industry are the result of continued hard work and initiatives of private sectors. Despite all the hurdles there has been consistent development in the industry, and in recent time Government seems to have realized the importance of the industry.
COVID-19 has changed the perspectives of many entrepreneurs like ours. SME’s in tourism from the third world country have suffered a lot from such unimaginable unforeseen circumstance without emergency fund to sustain the business. The most discouraging situation was the Government completely failed to understand industry tourism in particular which has suffered and it will take time to recover. Government lack of forthcoming in rescue dying financially weak SME instead their decision to ease restrictions and remind business sectors to pay tax was out of anyone imagination. Many SME like us compelled to reconsider alternate business or at diversify business to lower risk in future time.
Our company Basanta Adventure decided not to lay off any staff instead we are paying 50% of their original salaries till December including our key field leaders (guides) working as freelance professionals in Nepal and Tibet. Of course, we would not have been able to do this without our generous and kind support from all our families and friends. We thank them all from the bottom of our hearts.
Thank you and please contact us if you need any information.
Ritem Shrestha (Mr.)
Admin & Finance