January 19, Kathmandu: Antigen testing of air passengers will not be mandatory in domestic air travel. A meeting of the Council of Ministers had decided not to make such a provision mandatory in the meeting held at the Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday saying that it would be impractical for short-distance air travel.

Buddhi Sagar Lamichhane, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, informed the airlines about this. Accordingly, the airline operators’ association has circulated a notice to its members.

According to the new decision, the passenger has to wear a double mask. In this case, the face shield will not be mandatory. An opening mask is not allowed during travel. Passengers must have a vaccination card. If the card cannot be carried has to show the photo of the card.

The airline will have to make arrangements to measure the temperature of the passengers. At the time of passenger check-in, they will be asked if they have any infectious disease symptoms.

Lukla airport