May people around the world rightly consider Nepal as “tourist paradise”. Nepal smiles welcome to all the visitors. Planning a trip to Nepal entails the necessity of knowing legal procedures for entering and travelling in the country. Legal formalities to be observed are, presented below.
Visa & Passports
No foreigner, except Indian national, may enter Nepal without valid passport and visa. However, a foreigner having valid passport may obtain tourist visa from immigration office at entry points mentioned below. Visa may be obtained from embassy or consulate general’s office of Nepal at the home country of the tourists.
A person holding diplomatic passport and this family shall be awarded diplomatic visa. Persons working at Embassy or offices in accordance with the agreement with the Government of Nepal.
Nepal shall be awarded official visa. Tourist are provided tourist visa whereas persons other than mentioned above like students, businessmen, teachers, researchers employees and investors are provided non-tourist visa.
Entry and exit points
Tourists may enter Nepal only from the entry points declared open by the Government of Nepal. The entry points are:-
- Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu
- Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern part of Nepal)
- Birgunj, Parsa (Central part of Nepal)
- Sino-Nepal boarder point Kodari (northern) border in the central (part of Nepal )
- Bhairahawa, Rupandehi (western part of Nepal)
- Nepalgunj, Banke (mid-western part of Nepal)
- Dhangadi, Kailali (far-western part of Nepal)
- Mahendranagar, Kanchanpur (far-western part of Nepal)
There is no visa fee applicable to the passport holder of member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) for 30 days. Indian nationals do not currently need a visa to enter Nepal. A 30 days tourist visa is given to the visitors a point of entry upon payment of allocated amount for single entry. As the visa on entry is granted for one month, after this period per day fine is charged for extension of the visa for the second and third month.
15 days – US $ 25.00 for 15 days single/multiple entry. 30 days – US $ 40.00 for 30 days single/multiple entry. 90 days – US $ 100.00 for 90 days single/multiple entry. The department of immigration can extend a tourist visa. Additional one-month visa can be granted to the visitors who wish visa extension beyond a period of three months. The four-month stay for tourists coming to Nepal is applicable for one calendar year. i.e. January to December.
Visitors will not be allowed re-entry into Nepal until it is a month since their departure from the country completing a three months’ period. A tourist cannot stay in Nepal over a cumulative four-month’s period over the course of one year. If a tourist wants to enter before the 30 days period since his departure if the tourist has stayed on the same visa for a year the first month US $ is charged. If you wish for your tourist visa to be multiple entry an additional USD $20 is payable (90 day visa includes this fee but be sure to ask when paying that it’s a multi-entry visa).
Additional visas and fees:
Business visas are USD $30 for one month – $300 for one year or $1000 for 5 years. Student visas are USD $75 per year. Non-tourist visas are USD $100 per year. Residential visas are USD $200 first year and $100 thereafter.
The article credit: Tourist information Directory, Late Er. Ramesh Chandra Bandhu Bhattarai. MA Sociologist & Anthropologist.
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