Ramesh Kumar KC, director-general at DoI, said, “They [arrested] will be deported to their respective countries after the international flights resume in Nepal. It was six foreign nationals- three are Chinese, and the rest three- American, Australian and Norwegian citizens, respectively.”
On Monday, The Department of Immigration (DoI) has come up with a step to ban five tourists from entering Nepal for straight two years by implementing the Immigration Rules (1994) which bars participation of tourists in protests.
Nepal Police had arrested seven foreign nationals because they had their part and support in the anti-government demonstration which was organized by youths on Saturday, in order to protest against the slow response of the government in battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
Of the arrested, one foreign citizen was later released as the investigation found that he was not participating in the protest.
Ramesh Kumar informed, “The Norwegian national has been fined Rs 5,000 as she holds a marriage visa. “The department has not barred her from entering the country. Three Chinese and an American has been fined Rs 10,000 each, while the Australian citizen has been fined Rs 20,000.”
He further elaborated, “The immigration law doesn’t allow foreign nationals with tourist visas to participate in anti-government demonstrations. He didn’t have government-authorized documents to shoot the demonstration.” As when the investigation was held the information was disclosed that the Australian citizen was involved in taking pictures and videos of the protest.
If we get into the records, previously in January, the government imposed a four-year travel ban on 122 Chinese nationals for their engagement in chary activities including cybercrime.