Visa & Immigration

Visa & Immigration


Nepal visas are required to all nationals, except Indian Passport Holders. You can get your Nepal visa prior to your arrival from Nepalese Embassies and consulates overseas. If you are traveling to Nepal by land, Nepal Immigration offices are open to all travelers. A valid passport and a passport-size photo with a light background required.

If you are flying to Kathmandu you can easily obtain your visa to Nepal on arrival, you must fill in an application form before immigration counter at one of the automatic registration machines, which will also take your digital photos.

Nepal visas are required to all nationals, except Indian Passport Holders. You can get your Nepal visa prior to your arrival from Nepalese Embassies and consulates overseas. If you are traveling to Nepal by land, Nepal Immigration offices are open to all travelers. A valid passport and a passport-size photo with a light background required.

Visa On Arrival:

If you are flying to Kathmandu you can easily obtain your visa to Nepal on arrival, you must fill in an application form before immigration counter at one of the automatic registration machines, which will also take your digital photos.

Visa Facility Duration fee

  • Multiple entry 15 days US$ 30 or equivalent convertible currency.
  • Multiple entry 30 days US$ 50 or equivalent convertible currency.
  • Multiple entry 90 days US$ 125 or equivalent convertible currency.

Please ensure that you have enough cash in denominations of 10s and 5s since the Immigration Officers require the exact money).

Once you obtain the visa, it will be valid Multiple-Entry Visa which will be useful if you are planning to visit Tibet, Bhutan and India.

No fees will be charges for children under 10 years of age.

Prohibition to Nepal Visa on Arrival

Foreign Nationals (except officials and diplomatic passport holders) of following 12 countries are requested to obtain Tourist visa from Nepalese diplomatic mission (Embassies and Consulates) prior to their departure to Nepal.

  1. Nigeria
  2. Ghana
  3. Zimbabwe
  4. Swaziland
  5. Cameroon
  6. Somalia
  7. Liberia
  8. Ethiopia
  9. Iraq
  10. Palestine
  11. Afghanistan
  12. Syria
  13. Refugees with travel document

More information visit Department of Immigration Nepal website.

Weather

Leaving behind the monsoon season, October and November usher in the dry season in Nepal. Now is the very best time to enjoy the lush greens of the countryside and the colorful Dashain festival in October!  Past seasons have been quiet due to political problems, but now, come to Nepal and enjoy the high, dry, tourist season at its finest! The temperature during the night drops down to 10-5 degree and the day time remain warm, bright and clear.

Changing Money

You can change either traveler’s cheque or cash at your hotel or at an exchange counter in town, you will get a slightly less favorable rate of exchange at the hotel but it is much more convenient. Try to ensure that you get small denomination notes if possible. One thousand rupees notes can be a nuisance for you to change in the hills. Ensure that you get Exchange Receipts when you exchange money as you will need these if you wish to change money back at the end of your stay. The airport bank will only refund 15% of amount shown on the exchange receipts.

There are several ATMs in Kathmandu where you can use a credit/debit card to draw local currency. Ask at your reception where the nearest one is situated. Beware that during public holidays these often run out of cash so you should never depend on them for cash.

Electricity in Nepal 220 volt/50 cycles:

You will need a two pin adaptor for any appliances. A voltage stabilizer is recommended for the use of high value electronic appliances. Power cuts are frequent due to low supply of electricity. Most hotels have their own generators for emergency lighting.

COMMUNICATIONS - mail/telephone/email/iPhone

Post cards or letters can be mailed by your hotel. Hand them in at hotel reception. They will also be able to sell you stamps. You can make international calls from your hotel but it can be quite expensive. There are also many communication shops and internet cafes around town where you can quite cheaply make phone calls or send emails. If you need Nepalese telephone please inform us in advance.

SHOPPING – Souvenirs:

Kathmandu is a shopper’s paradise- you can buy anything from Tibetan carpets to traditional wood carvings, handicrafts and jewelry-plus t-shirts, pottery etc. In most places you need to bargain to get a price you are happy with but don’t bargain so hard that you are forcing a desperate vendor to sell at a loss. For goods such as camera equipment and other accessories, Super Market in new Road area offers the best range. The best carpets can be purchased from where they are woven and one place for this is at Tibetan Refugee Camp in Jawalakhel in Patan. Good places to buy Nepalese and Tibetan souvenirs are at Boudhanath, Swyambunath and Kathmandu’s Durbar Square (Basantapur). There is a colorful bead market at Indrachowk and a variety of nepali and Tourist-Oriented goods in small shops in the old newar Bazar lanes of Ason, Thahity and Indrachowk. The Thamel is good for souvenirs, t-shirts and jewelery. Semi-precious stones such as turquoise, coral and amethyst, and lapis lazuli are very reasonably priced in Nepal. There are several book shops in Kathmandu selling a wide variety of books and maps and Vajra Book Shop in Jhatha tole and Pilgrimage Bookstore in Thamel.

Departure from Nepal

During your departure it is wise to check in at least two hours before your scheduled flight. This is to avoid any hassles which might occur due to time constraints which can occur during a busy season. You will have to produce your ticket at the departure hall. You must know that seats are not allocated beforehand. Therefore you will have to confirm your seat no. at the check in counter there. This is also where your luggage is X-rayed.  Please be advised that you do not have to pay any departure tax. This is already included in your ticket cost. If you have any Nepali cash which you need to exchange for Dollars, you can do so at the Nabil Bank counter nearby or you can spend your money at the coffee shop or by buying souvenirs at a nearby stall.

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