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Nepal Visa

 

VISA INFORMATION NEPAL

 

A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.

 

Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission.

 

To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.

 

VISA REQUIREMENTS

 

A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background.
Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen.

 

Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee

 

a. Tourist Visa Nepal

 

Visa Facility

Duration

Fee

Multiple entry

15 days

US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry

30 days

US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry

90 days

US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

 


b. Gratis (Free) Visa

 

For first visit in one visa year (January to December) , gratis visa for 30 days is available only for nationals of South Asian countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, visa can be extended from the Immigration Department on payment of  visa fee as specified above.

Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal.  

c. Nepal Visa For Indian Nationals

 

Indian nationals do not require a visa to enter Nepal. As per the Nepalese Immigration, Indian Nationals Traveling to Nepal must posses any One of the following documents.

 

1.       Passport

 

2.       Driving License with photo

 

3.       Photo Identity card issued by a Government Agency

 

4.       Ration Card with Photo

 

5.       Election Commission Card with Photo

 

6.       Identity Card issued by Embassy of India in Kathmandu

 

7.       Identity Card with Photo issued by Sub- Divisional Magistrate or any other officials above his rank

 

Also, please check with your nearest travel agents for documents required by the Indian Immigration for Indians traveling to Nepal

 

d. Nepal Visa For Chinese Nationals

 

As per official circular of the Embassy of Nepal in Beijing, China, Chinese nationals applying for tourist visa to Nepal are being provided “gratis tourist visa” from Jan. 5, 2016, from following Nepali missions in the People’s Republic of China:

 

Embassy of Nepal, Beijing

Consulate General of Nepal, Lhasa

Consulate General of Nepal, Hong Kong

Honorary Consulate of Nepal, Shanghai

 

e. Other Visa Information

 

Nationals from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan will need to obtain visa from Nepal Embassies or Diplomatic Missions in their respective countries, as they do not get visa on arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal. 

 

f. Visa Extension for Nepal

 

Tourists can stay for a maximum of 150 days in a visa year (Jan 1 to Dec 31). 

 

Learn more about applying for Nepal visa online by clicking here Online Visa Application for Nepal.

 

For further visa information for Nepal, please contact: Department of Immigration Kalikasthan, Kathmandu
Tel: 00977-1- 4429660 / 4438862 / 4438868/ 4433934 
E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Web site: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np

 

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Air Connection

International Connection:
Nepal Airlines is the national flag carrier of Nepal with flights to/ from Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Bangkok, Doha and Hong Kong. Other International airlines operating from and to Kathmandu are Air Arabia (Sharjah), Air Asia (Kuala Lumpur), Air China (Lhasa, Chengdu), Biman Bangladesh (Dhaka), China Eastern Airlines (Kunming), China Southern Airlines (Guangzhou), Dragon Air (Hong Kong), Druk Air (Delhi, Paro), Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi), Flydubai (Dubai), GMG Airlines (Dhaka), Indian Airlines (Delhi, Kolkata, Varanasi), Indigo Airlines (Delhi), Jet Airways (Delhi, Mumbai), Jet Lite (Delhi), Korean Air (Seoul), Malaysian Airlines (Kuala Lumpur), Pakistan International Airlines (Karachi, Islamabad), Qatar Airways (Doha), RAK Air (Ras al- Khaimah), Silk Air (Singapore), Spicejet (Delhi), Thai Airways (Bangkok)and United Airways (Dhaka).

Domestic Connection:
Nepal Airlines has an extensive network of air services to major parts of the country. Besides Nepal Airlines, other domestic airlines (there are more than 18 in operation) provide regular and charter services to popular domestic destinations. Many domestic airlines operate early morning, one-hour mountain flights round the year.

Airport Tax:Airport tax is already included in the international air ticket, therefore, passengers departing for international destinations from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu do not need to pay airport tax at the airport during departure. However, for domestic travel within Nepal airport tax is included in ticket fare for flights from Kathmandu, while for flights from other parts of the country one has to pay airport tax at the domestic airport before departure.

Traveling by Road

 

All visitors entering Nepal by land must use these designated entry points and may not enter from any other point:
(1) Kakkarvitta
(2) Birgunj
(3) Belhiya, Bhairahawa
(4) Nepalgunj
(5) Dhangadi and
(6) Mahendranagar in the Nepal-India border and
(7) Kodari in the Nepal-China border.

S.No.

Route

Approx. Distance (border towns to major cities)

Nearest Railways Station in India

1

Siliguri- Kakkarvitta- Kathmandu

620 km

New Jalpaiguri (NJP)

2

Jogbani-Biratnagar-Kathmandu

550 km

Jogbani

3

Raxaul-Birgunj-Kathmandu

280 km

Raxaul (RXL)

4

Sunauli-Bhairahawa-Kathmandu

280 km

Gorakhpur (GKP)

5

Rupaidiya-Jamuna (Nepalgunj)- Kathmandu

520 km

Rupaidiya / Nanpara

6

Gauriphanta-Mohana (Dhangadi)-Kathmandu

630 km

Gauriphanta/ Paliya

7

Banbasa-Gaddachauki (Mahendranagar)- Kathmandu

715 km

Banbasa/ Tanakpur

8

Sunauli-Bhairahawa-Palpa-Pokhara

185 km

Gorakhpur (GKP)

9

Sunauli-Bhairahawa-Chitwan

145 km

Gorakhpur (GKP)

10

Sunauli-Bhairahawa-Lumbini

26 km

Gorakhpur (GKP)

Please note that overland tourists entering Nepal with their vehicles must possess an international carnet or complete customs formalities.

Accommodation

 

Nepal has every category of accommodation facilities that range from international standard star hotels to budget hotels and lodges. To ensure quality service, it is advisable to use the facilities and services of Government registered hotels, lodges and homestays. Most hotels offer a choice: bed and breakfast; bed, breakfast and one other meal; or room and full board. During spring and fall, hotels work at near full capacity and are booked well in advance. Therefore, it would be a good idea to check well in advance and book hotels as per need if traveling to Nepal in the peak season.

Moderate accommodation facilities are also available in some parts of Kathmandu like Thamel. In such cases, room rates may not include toilets and showers, unless otherwise indicated. Toilets and showers in such cases are generally communal and heating may require additional charges. Such small hostelries are preferred by budget tourists and FITs.

Accommodation facilities are available in the mountain tourist areas. While trekking to some areas tenting may be the only alternative if resident villages are scanty and long way off trekking routes. However, most trekking routes have lodges or tea houses to accommodate tourists. Still to be on the safer side, we recommend that tourists look up on such information before embarking on their journey.

For accommodation in rural areas, please contact the local homestay authorities.

Custom Formalities

Customs:
All baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs on arrival at the entry point. Personal effects are permitted free entry. Passengers arriving
 at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA)  without any dutiable goods can proceed through the Green Channel for quick clearance without a baggage check. If you are carrying dutiable articles, you have to pass through the Red Channel for detailed customs clearance.

Import:
Apart from used personal belongings, visitors are allowed to bring to Nepal free of duty: cigarettes (200 sticks) or cigars (50 sticks), distilled liquor (one 1.15 liter bottle), and film (15 rolls). You can also bring in the following articles free of duty on condition that you take them out with you when you leave: binoculars, movie or video camera, still camera, laptop computer, and portable music system.

Export:
The export of antiques requires special certification from the Department of Archeology, National Archive Building, Ram Shah Path, Kathmandu. It is illegal to export objects over 100 years old, such as sacred images, paintings, manuscripts that are valued for culture and religious reasons. Visitors are advised not to purchase such items as they are Nepal’s cultural heritage and belong here.

Driving into Nepal:
Overland tourists entering Nepal with their vehicles must possess an international carnet.

 

Cultural Etiquette

Some tips on the common etiquettes practiced by Nepali people should be useful to visitors.

1.The form of greeting in Nepal is “Namaste” performing by joining both palms together. It literally means “the divine in me salutes the divine in you”.

2.As a mark of respect Nepalis usually take their shoes off before entering someone’s house or place of worship.

3.Food or material that has been touched by another person’s mouth is considered impure or “jutho” and, therefore, is not accepted unless among close friends or family.

4.Touching something with feet or using the left hand to give or take may not be considered auspicious.

5.Women wearing skimpy outfits are frowned upon especially in the rural parts of the country.

6.As a part of the tradition some Hindu temples do not allow non Hindus to enter.

7.Leather articles are prohibited inside some temple areas.

8.Walking around temples or stupas is traditionally done clockwise.

9.To avoid conflict photography is carried out after receiving permission from the object or person.

10.Public displays of affection are considered scandalous.

11.Nodding of head means “Yes” while shaking of head means a “No”. A slight dangling of head from left to right means “OK”.

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