Nepal | September 25, 2020

Forty-one Chinese nationals being deported from Nepal

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:


Nepal government is deporting 41 Chinese nationals for ‘suspicious activities’. Apparently, they were staying illegally in the country.

It is learnt that the Department of Immigration, on July 19, had ordered deportation of 22 Chinese and additional 19 on September 4. All the Chinese were fined Rs 40,000 to 50,000 each and banned from entering the country for one to three years according to DoI.

All of them have to return to their country on their own expense.

Many have already left.

The government has stepped up action against Chinese nationals who have overstayed.

On 23 December 2019 action, 122 Chinese nationals were arrested and deported.

Police had arrested them on cyber crime charges. They were not presented at court.

Fifty per cent of those arrested didn’t have passports. Police suspected that cyber crime racketeers had held their passports and forced them to work for low wages. Most of them were below 24 years old. More than 41 of them had expired tourist visas.

Since then, some Chinese tourists are being deported each day, said Ramesh Kumar KC, director general of DoI.

A source at the Ministry of Home Affairs said the recently deported Chinese could be part of a similar racket.

But, as in the previous case, authorities said they were involved in ‘suspicious activities living on tourist visas,’ without elaborating. “All the deported were involved in suspicious activities and they had tourist visas,” KC said. He, however, refused to shed more light on what exactly the Chinese tourists were doing. Another DoI official said many of those deported were operating restaurants in the country with expired tourist visa.

Chinese tourists can stay in the country for 150 days. “Such long duration of stay has attracted many unwanted people who often working in the country without valid visas,” said the source.

Action against illegally staying Chinese has also increased after the visit of Wang Xiaohong, the Director of the Ministry of Public Security, in Kathmandu, after the December 23 arrest of 122 Chinese.

“While deporting tourists we also keep in mind not to mar diplomatic relations between the two countries,” KC said.

A version of this article appears in e-paper on September 15, 2020, of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Perfection of Wisdom: Sacred texts of 'Pragya Paramita' inscribed in gold

KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 25 The holy book of 'Pragya Paramita' (Perfection of Wisdom) being inscribed in golden letters by guthi members for its preservation at the Golden Temple in Lalitpur on September 24, 2020. Thursday. The holy book contains transcriptions of Buddhist scriptures and is rewritten Read More...

Youth charged with extortion, bomb blast made public in Bara

BARA: The District Police Office (DPO), Bara today made public a youth allegedly involved in extortion and bomb blast at a brick industry. Police identified the arrested person as Kapildev Mahato (36) of Parwanipur Rural Municipality-1 in the district. Mahato was arrested on Tuesday night. Read More...

K-pop's SuperM hold television debut of new single 'One (Monster & Infinity)' on The Ellen Show

KATHMANDU: K-pop boyband SuperM held the television debut performance of their new single One (Monster & Infinity) on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on September 23. SM Entertainment's seven-member group presented a pre-recorded performance of the song, the lead track of the group's upcoming in Read More...

Foreign Minister Gyawali holds virtual meeting with SAARC Council of Ministers

KATHMANDU: Nepal's foreign minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali held an informal virtual meeting of the SAARC Council of Ministers, on Thursday. Issuing a press statement today, the ministry of foreign affairs said minister Gyawali stressed on the need to make SAARC an effective and result-oriented reg Read More...

PM Oli addresses high-level side event during 75th session of UN General Assembly

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli addressed, through a pre-recorded video, a high-level side event titled 'Poverty at a Crossroad: Using Leadership and the Multidimensional Poverty Index to Build Back Better' organized on the margins of the 75th Session of UN General Assembly, on Thursday. Read More...

BTS deliver message of hope to fans at UN General Assembly

KATHMANDU: South Korean K-pop band BTS encouraged their fans to stay positive as they delivered a "message of hope" in a pre-recorded video posted by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on September 23 as part of the 75th UN General Assembly. The band leader RM said : "Let us reimagine ou Read More...

Zayn Malik, Gigi Hadid become parents to a baby girl

KATHMANDU: English pop star Zayn Malik and American supermodel Gigi Hadid have welcomed their first child together. The couple shared the news of becoming parents to a baby girl via Twitter. Malik, 27 posted a black-and-white picture of the baby girl's tiny hand clutching his finger on his Twitte Read More...