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Nepal Visa Information

The Nepal visa information, Foreigners who intend to visit Nepal must hold valid passport or any travel document equivalent to passport issued by the government for visiting a foreign country prior to apply for visa. Most of the foreigners can obtain Nepal visa upon arrival accept Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan Nationality at Kathmandu airport, or at border immigration offices (if you are entering from surface).

A. Entry

No foreigner is entitled to enter into and stay in Nepal without valid visa. Tourist entry visa can be obtained for the following duration from Nepalese Embassy or Consulate or other mission offices located on entry points in Nepal.

Visa can get from following immigration offices in Nepal:

  • Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
  • Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
  • Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
  • Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
  • Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
  • Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
  • Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
  • Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)

Nepal Visa, Passport & Entry Requirements
Fill in the visa application form before you arrive and go straight to the head of the line. Carry US dollar cash for the visa you want

General Information

Nepal extends trouble-free issuance of visa to all the citizens worldwide at Royal Nepalese Embassies or Consulates abroad and at entry-point Immigration Offices. Presentation of a valid passport, two passport size photos and fees mentioned below are required.

I. For the first visit in a visa year:

Type of Visa Visa Valid for Fee
Single Entry: 30 Days US$ 40.00
Multiple Entry: 60 Days US$ 90.00
Double Entry: 60 Days US$ 90.00
Single Entry: 15 Days Us$ 25.00

II For next visit within the same visa year:

Type of Visa Visa Valid for Fee
Single Entry 30 Days US$ 30.00
Multiple Entry 30 Days US$ 30.00

III. A visa year covers a period from 1 January to 31 December each year.

III. A visa year covers a period from 1 January to 31 December each year.

Entry validity: Six months from the date of issue. The validity of visa dates are counted from the date of arrival in Nepal.

Visa Extension: A tourist visa can be extended from the Department of Immigration and Pokhara Immigration Office for a total of 120 days. An additional 30 days visa may be granted on reasonable grounds from the apartment. Over the course of a visa year, a tourist cannot stay in Nepal more than cumulative 150 days.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Valid Passport. (With a validity of a minimum period of six months)
  • Application form.
  • One Photograph.
  • Visa fees in cash or Postal Order or Bank Draft made payable to the Royal Nepalese Embassy, London.
  • If you are applying by post, please send Self Addressed Envelope with Stamp (SAE)
  • Minimum time required for personal application to process a visa is 24 hours.
  • Application by post takes about two weeks.
Advice:
  • All nationals referred to in the chart above may obtain tourist visas on arrival at the airport
  • Business can be conducted on a Tourist visa for up to 30 days.
  • Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements (see Contact Addresses).
Validity:
  • Visas are valid for up to six months from date of issue. Visas are valid for 60 days on first visit to Nepal in a visa year (1 January - 31 December), but only valid for 30 days when national is visiting Nepal for the second or more time in a visa year. Visas may be extended in Nepal at the Department of Immigration, Kathmandu (tel: 494 273 or 337). Maximum stay in Nepal is 150 days in any calendar year. For full conditions on visa extension (including charges and conditions), contact the consulate (or consular section at embassy); see Contact Addresses.
Latest News:
  • His Majesty's Government of Nepal has announced a new policy of waiving visa fee for any tourist visiting the country for a period of 3 days. Similarly tourists coming from South Asian countries (SAARC) as well as neighboring People's Republic of China will also get free visa to Nepal. Likewise arrangements have been made to provide free visa for any national for re-entry to Nepal provided those tourists have stayed at least for 15 days in the country in a visa year (Jan-Dec). VisitNepal.com highly welcomes this step taken by the Government to drive the Nepalese tourism industry towards a new height.
Marriage Visas:
  • For those married to a Nepali citizen and wanting to stay in Nepal for as long as you like and without getting a Nepali passport and giving up your country of birth passport (which is not always a good idea!), a non-tourist marriage visa is the best way to go.
    Changing from a tourist visa to a non-tourist visa can sometimes be a lengthy process and a lot of waiting around before they get to your file! You need to visit the Department of Immigration office next to the tourist visa office in Bhrikuti Mandap, phone no.4223681/ 4222453 and collect a form for Non-Tourist visas. It's open the same hours as the tourist visa office. The processing time will take about 7 days as they asses your information. You can get issued a visa for as long as you like, 2, 4, 6 months, as long as you pay the US$10/month (about Rs750) for single entry. For a single re-entry you pay an extra US$25.
Obtaining a Transit Visa for Nepal:
  • A transit visa can be obtained from Airport Immigration for a period of 48 hrs. On the presentation of airline ticket.
    Fee for Transit Visa: US$ 5.00
Airport Tax:
  • Passengers departing from the Kathmandu international airport tax is mansion in your International flight ticket from January 2010 but for Domestic flight ticket you have to pay $2.00.( 169 Nepali Rupees) in Airport per sector.
Nepal Time and Business Hours:
  • Nepal Government offices are open from 10 am to 5 pm from Sunday through Friday. Banks are open from Sunday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. mostly banks remain open until 12 pm on Saturday.
  • Embassies and international organizations are open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Most shops open after 10 am and close at about 8 pm and are usually closed on Saturdays.
  • Although Nepal works seven days a week, it observes numerous holidays, at the least a couple a month. So please check the holiday calendar. Government offices observe all the holidays and banks observe most of them. Businesses observe the major holidays only.
Gratis visa:
  • Children below 10 yrs.
  • Dependants up to the age of 16 years, holding foreign passports of Nepalese parents or either of their parent being a Nepalese citizen.
  • Citizen of Nepali origin, after having obtained passport for the first time from a Nepal based foreign mission, until the period of his departure to a foreign country. Citizens of member countries of South Asian association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the People’s Republic of china.
  • Any foreigner, who has lived in Nepal up to fifteen (15) days continuously, re-entering Nepal during the same visa year.
  • Any foreigner, tourist entering into Nepal for three days or less than that.

B. Chinese citizen:

  • Chinese citizen are requested to apply in Nepalese Embassy or other Nepalese diplomatic missions as there is no provision of on arrival visa for them.

For more Details about Visa information please visit our government site http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/

Note: While we try to make the information contained herein as accurate as possible, we accept no responsibility for any loss, disruption or inconvenience sustained by anyone using this information.

Important Note to all Visitors and Trekkers:
  • Here's a little legalese from the Nepalese ~ requesting your cooperation to observe the following guidelines during your stay in Nepal.

    • All foreign visitors are requested to be mindful of the date of expiry of the Nepalese visa and their passports to avoid future problems. As such, you are requested to apply for a visa extension, if you wish so, within the valid period of the Nepalese visa.
    • You are requested to get the arrival/departure stamp on your passport at the entry/exit points to avoid further complications.
    • Living in Nepal without passport or a valid visa is a punishable offense.
    • Deviation from the prescribed routes in the trekking permit will be treated as the violation of the law.
    • You are advised to be aware of brokers/cheaters or any counterfeit documents of visa/trekking permits to avoid legal complications. If you are not visiting/trekking through any authorized agency, do not use mediators for visa/trekking permits. You are requested to contact the Immigration Office directly.
    • Change of purpose of stay without permission is not allowed and employment or voluntary service while on a tourist visa is strictly prohibited. It will be a punishable offense.
    • Be sure to register at the police and Immigration cheek point along the trail. It is wise to register your trekking destination and schedule at your Embassy or Consulate.
    • If you encounter problems along the trails, report them to the nearest police or Immigration post.
    • You are requested to change money with authorized dealers and do not forget to take formal receipts.
    • You are requested to inform the Immigration Office or Police Station for any changes in your address previously given in the visa application form.
    • You are advised to be mindful to contact the Immigration Department for visa transfer in case of getting new passport or travel document from you Embassy/Consulate.
    • Passport and trekking permit should be kept by the trekker while trekking.
    • Filming in restricted areas or notified areas without permission is strictly prohibited.
    • Respect local traditions, customs, values and sentiments to help them protect local cultures and maintain local pride.
    • Respect privacy when taking photographs
    • Respect holy places
    • Refrain from giving money to children since it will encourage begging
    • Respect for local etiquette earns you respect
    • Let the Himalayas change you - Do not change them
    • Protect the natural environment
    • Leave the campsite cleaner than you have found it
    • Limit deforestation - make no open fires Burn dry papers and packets in a safe place Keep local water clean and avoid using pollutants
    • Plants should be left to flourish in their natural environment
    • Help your guides and porters to follow conservation measures

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