Canada to arrange ‘special’ flight out of Nepal to bring stuck citizens due to Covid crisis
Kathmandu — A repatriation flight for hundreds of Canadians stranded in Nepal during the COVID-19 pandemic is in the works, according to Global Affairs Canada.
“The High Commission of Canada to India is arranging for a special flight out of Nepal that is likely to take place in mid-next week,” Global Affairs spokesperson Krystyna Dodds said in an email Sunday.
Canadian Citizens/PR holders in Nepal: we continue to work on flight arrangements out of Kathmandu & appreciate your patience. Check ROCA messages & social media for updates.
— Canada in Nepal (@CanadainNepal) April 5, 2020
The department is aware that there are Canadians in Nepal seeking a return to Canada, she said. All travellers, she added, should register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service and follow the government’s updates on social media, the Globalnews.ca writes.
“Specifically for Nepal, travelers should follow @CanadainNepal on Twitter,” Dodds wrote.
That Twitter account had one update on Sunday for Canadian citizens and permanent residents stuck in Nepal: “Canadian Citizens/PR holders in Nepal: we continue to work on flight arrangements out of Kathmandu & appreciate your patience. Check ROCA messages & social media for updates.”
There are more than 378,000 Canadians currently registered as overseas, with 1,101 registered in Nepal, but there could be more since registration is voluntary.
Don McClymont from Edmonton told Global News his 27-year-old daughter was in Nepal trying to find her way back to Canada for the past week, when she and a friend finally found a seat on a U.S.-sponsored flight to Washington, D.C.