Visa applications to travel abroad increase as COVID restrictions ease
Updated: Jul 04, 2022 10:32 PM STI
Kathmandu [Nepal]July 4 (ANI): Visa applications for outbound travel from Nepal have increased dramatically due to the easing of travel restrictions as the pandemic continues to weaken.
According to statistics from Visa Facilitation Services Global (VFS-Global), travel trends have increased by 600% at the end of May 2022 compared to data through the end of May 2021.
“If we compare visa processing applications in the year 2019 to May 2022, they increased by around 130%. Volumes in 2021 were significantly lower as many international borders were closed with travel restrictions However, riding on the high the volumes of pent-up demand in the first half of 2022 more than doubled from pre-pandemic levels,” Elizabeth Samuel, Deputy Regional Director North and East told ANI. from India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Israel at VFS.
According to Visa Facilitation Services, students chose Australia, Canada, Japan and the UK as their top destinations to fly to.
“The upsurge in student visa applications also contributed significantly to the overall increase in visa application volumes in 2022,” added Samuel.
With the ease of travel restrictions, students vying for study abroad have also applied for a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Ministry of Education.
“About 12,000 to 15,000 students are getting NOC every month,” said NOC section head, Undersecretary for Education Hari Prasad Niraula.
According to records, 102,873 people obtained CNP in the first 11 months of the current fiscal year which ended in mid-June for different countries.
The number was 30,473 between April 14 and June 19,” the official added.
Until mid-June, the Himalayan nation’s positivity rate was 0.68% with no critical cases. In mid-June, the number of active cases in Nepal was recorded at 97 as it tripled to 280 in 15 days.
Covid mutated or changed shape. Among the Omicron sub-variants, the last ones worry experts – BA.4 and BA.5 are very closely related to the Omicron variant that caused the surge last winter.
Currently, there are 333 active cases in the country as 20 infected patients have recovered in the past 24 hours. No one has died from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours. The country’s death toll from COVID-19 stands at 11,952 so far. (ANI)