Effective from October 2000, Indians traveling to Nepal by air have to show upon arrival at entry point a valid photo identity like a passport, voter’s identity or an identification card issued by the Indian government. A Nepali visa is valid for entry for three to six months from the date of issue.
Children under 10 require a visa but are not charged a visa fee. Citizen of South Asian countries and China need visas but these are free.
Your passport must have at least six months validity. Nepali Embassies and Consulates overseas issue visas with no fuss. You can also get one on the spot when you arrive in Nepal, either at Kathmandu’s International Airport or at road borders.
It’s a good idea to keep a number of passport photos with your passport so they are immediately handy for trekking permits, visa applications and other official documents.
You can download a visa application form from the websites of the Nepali embassy in Washington DC or London .
To obtain a visa on arrival by air in Nepal you must fill in an application form and provide a passport photograph. Every visa extension requires your passport, money, photos and an application form. Collect all these before you join the queue.
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a) The Immigration Officer of the entry point or the Nepalese missions abroad issue Tourist visa for fifteen, thirty and ninety days entry visa.
b) Fees to be levied while issuing tourist visa by the Mission or entry point:
a. US Dollars 25 for 15 days multiple entry visa.
b. US Dollars 40 for 30 days multiple entry visa.
c. US Dollars 100 for 90 days multiple entry visa.
d. No visa fee shall be applicable to the passport holder of member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) for 30 days and for the children under 10 years.
e. 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. If you stayed longer than 15 days in Nepal, your second 30-day visa in the same visa year is free.
c) Fees to be levied for renewal or regularization of tourist visa:
a. Nepalese currency equivalent to 2 US dollars per day to renew the validity of tourist visa.
b. In case where request has also been made for the facility of multiple entry, just valid for the renewal period an additional amount in Nepalese currency equivalent to U. S. Dollars 20 to the fee.
c. In regularizing visa of any foreigner stayed without renewal of validity of the tourist visa, Nepalese currency equivalent 3 US dollars per day shall be levied in addition to the normal amount to be paid for renewal of the validity of visa.
d) Multiple Entry Visa: At Nepali embassies abroad it’s possible to get a multiple-entry visa (US$80 or equivalent), which gives you multiple trips into Nepal for a year, with each stay valid for 60 days, up to a total of 150 days in any calendar year. Multiple-entry visas are useful if you are planning a side trip to Tibet, Bhutan or India. You can change your single-entry visa to a multiple-entry visa at Kathmandu’s Central Immigration Office for US$50.
e) Transit Visa: If you are just planning a lightning visit to Kathmandu it’s possible to get a free non-extendable three-day transit visa at Kathmandu airport, as long as you have an air ticket out of the country within three days. Transit visas are non-extendable.
The point of entry and exit for the purpose of the foreigner entering into or departing from Nepal by obtaining a visa shall be as follows:
1. Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
2. Immigration Office, Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
3. Immigration Office, Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
4. Immigration Office, Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
5. Immigration Office, Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
6. Immigration Office, Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
7. Immigration Office, Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)
You can get up-to-date visa information at the website of the Department of Immigration
Nepal is a traveller-friendly country and arrival is straightforward. All entry points to Nepal offer visas on arrival and money exchange. Since Nepal is a landlocked country and has India in its three sides and Tibet (China) in the north, entry to Nepal can be either by land or air.
By land there are six main entry points into Nepal: five from India and one from Tibet (China). Five entry points through India being Kakarbhitta, Birgunj, Bhairawa, Nepalgunj, and Mahendra Nagar and the Kodari Pass in Nepal-China border is the entry point to Nepal from China. There are no international bus or train services; everyone changes buses at the borders.
Kathmandu is the site of Nepal’s only international airport, Tribhuvan Airport.
Nepal Airlines is the national flag carrier of Nepal with flight connections to: Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore in India; Bangkok in Thailand; Osaka in Japan; Hong Kong, Shanghai in China; Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia; Dubai in United Arab Emirates and Singapore. Other international airlines connecting Kathmandu to other parts of the world are Biman Bangladesh to Dhaka in Bangladesh; China Airlines to Lhasa in Tibetan Autonomous Region of China; Druk Air to Paro in Bhutan and New Delhi in India; Gulf Air to Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates; Indian Airlines to Delhi, Kolkata, and Varanasi in India; Qatar Airways to Doha in Qatar; Thai International to Bangkok in Thailand.
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