Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) has expressed its deep concern regarding the recent notice of negative RT-PCR report with photo identification as per the new standards for passenger arrivals to Nepal issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).

"The standard rule of passengers having the negative RT-PCR report with their photo identification in the report appears going too far," as per a media release issued by the association.

It has further stated that there is no provision of providing PCR report with photo identification in foreign countries and such rules may discourage travellers from visiting Nepal.

"Likewise, in the given standard, there is no ease in access mentioned for fully vaccinated travellers." Therefore, NATTA has demanded the government to ease the standards for travellers willing to travel to Nepal with only negative RT-PCR report within 72 hours of departure and no compulsion of quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers. Also, NATTA has requested the government to permit international airlines to conduct additional regular flights.

A version of this article appears in the print on June 5, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.