VISA AVAILABILITY AND ENTRY POINTS TO NEPAL
Nepal makes things easy for foreign Travellers. Visas are available on arrival at the international airport in Kathmandu and at all land border crossings that are open to Foreigners, as long as you have the valid passport, photos on hand and can pay the visa fee in foreign currency (some crossings insist on payment on US dollars. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months and you will need a whole free page for your visa.
There are ten Immigration check points known as Entry/Exit Points established under the Department of Immigration. They are administered by concerned Immigration Offices. Entry/Exit points and Immigration Offices are synonymous terms and are used interchangeably.
Except for Immigration office Tribhuvan International Airport(TIA) and Immigration Office Pokhara, any foreigner (Excluding an Indian citizen) leaving and entering Nepal by land should report themselves to our Entry/Exit points for accomplishing Arrival and Departure formalities, obtaining and regulating visa if necessary. They are established at the selected border points to regulate and control immigration and emigration to and from our neighboring countries India and China. Any unauthorized crossing of a border is unlawful and subject to legal consequences.
The Immigration Office TIA is the only entry and exit point for ‘By Air’ travellers. Immigration Office Pokhara facilitates tourists by providing services related to tourist visa extension and issuance of trekking permits to the restricted areas (TIMS Card and ACAP Permits). Like all other Entry/Exit points, it monitors, controls and regulates activities of foreign nationals and carries out necessary arrangements for legal action in case of violation of Immigration laws as well as any other prevailing laws of the country in close coordination with the Department of Immigration. For more visa services to Nepal Please visit this official Link: http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/
Given below is the contact information of our Entry/Exit points and concerned Immigration Officer in charge. Upon entry, the immigration officials stamp on your passports with the permit to enter and explore the Himalayan Kingdom. Nevertheless, before you leave the desk of the immigration official make sure to check the stamp and the date. Usually, the immigration offices at these entries and exit points are open 24 hours.
TRIBHUVAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Tribhuvan International Airport(TIA) is the only gateway to Nepal for the tourists who come by air. The Airport named after King Tribhuvan, the 8th Shah King of Nepal, is situated about 4.5 miles east of the city (about 25 minutes’ drive). TIA is also in between all the three major cities of Kathmandu Valley namely Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan. Facilities of bank, duty free shop, restaurants and tourist information centre is available at TIA.
Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
Tel: +977 14113261, +977 14113033
Fax: +977 14113090
The Eastern border crossing at Kakarbhitta offers easy onward connections to Darjeeling, Sikkim, Kolkata and India’s northeast states. Travel agencies in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Darjeeling offer ‘through buses’ across the border, but these all involve a change of vehicle at the border. It’s just as easy to do the journey in stages. From Darjeeling, take a morning bus/jeep to Siliguri (two hours) then a bus (one hour) to Panitanki on the Indian side of the border.
From Kakarbhitta there are overnight buses to Kathmandu (17 hours) or Pokhara (17 hours) but it’s more interesting to break the Journey at Janakpur (five hours) or at Chitwan National Park (accessible from Sauraha Chowk on the Mahendra Hwy).
Immigration Office, Kakarvitta
Tel: +977 23562054
Fax: +977 23563569
Birgunj is the main entry point to Nepal for Indian tourists especially coming from Calcutta and Patna. Birgunj, which is about 210 kilometres away from Kathmandu, is also an important entry point for foreign goods to Nepal. The border crossing from Birgunj to Raxaul Bazaar is handy for Patna and Kolkata. Buses run from the bus station in Patna straight to Raxaul Bazaar (eight hours). From Kolkata, take the daily Mithila Express – it leaves Kolkata’s Howrah station at 3.45pm, arriving in Raxaul at 8.30am the next morning (272/735/1008 in sleeper class/air-con three-tier/air con two-tier). From Birgunj, there are regular day/night buses to Kathmandu (8 hours) and Pokhara (7 hours) via Narayangarh (3 hours). There are also regular services to most other towns around the Terai.
Immigration Office, Birgunj
Tel: +977 51527447
Fax: +977 51527447
Kodari is about 6/7 hours’ drive from Kathmandu lies on the Nepal-China border. This border is still regarded as an important trading center between Nepal and Tibet. Apart from all this, Kodari is very famous for its magnificent rivers gorges and splendid scenes of mountains. The very famous hot water spring of Nepal called Tatopani is also very close to Kodari. There are quite few places to lodge in this area and regular buses are available to commute to Kathmandu.
Immigration Office, Kodari
Tel: +977 11840196
Fax: +977 11840196
The second largest Tibetan city of Shigatse is about 540 km from Kerung, the nearest Chinese town from Nepal, while the bordering Nepali district of Rasuwa is 35km away from there. Kathmandu is 110km from the Rasuwa. The Rasuwagadi-Kerung border point, the major trade route between Nepal and China, has been upgraded as an international crossing point with an aim to develop it as a major junction linking China to the whole of South Asia.
This border crossing, which was opened in December 2014, has been the only point of bilateral trade between Nepal and China after the Great Earthquake in April 2015 severely damaged the Kodari Highway in several sections. The Tatopani border point has remained closed since. The Rasuwagadi-Kerung crossing has been upgraded as an international border point, allowing citizens from other countries besides Nepalis and Chinese to travel across the border.
Immigration Office, Rashuwagadi
Tel: +977 16922722
Fax: +977 10540133
The crossing at Sunauli is by far the most popular route between India and Nepal. The easiest way is to travel between Delhi and Gorakhpur by train (Vaishali Exp:22 hours). You can then pick up a bus to Sunauli (three hours). There are also direct buses to Sunauli from Vanarasi (10 hours). Once across the border, you can visit the Buddhist pilgrimage Centre of Lumbini before you continue your journey. From Bhairahawa, buses run regularly to Kathmandu (8 hours) and Pokhara (8 hours), usually passing through Narayangarh, where you can change for Chitwan National Park. Buddha Air and Yeti Airlines fly daily from Bhairahawa to Kathmandu.
Immigration Office, Bhairahawa
Few people use the crossing at Nepalgunj in western Nepal as it’s not particularly convenient for anywhere else. The nearest town in India is Lucknow, where you can pick up slow buses to Rupaidha Bazaar (seven hours), near the border post at Jamunaha. You might also consider taking a train to Nanpara, 17km from the border. Over the border in Nepalgunj, there are regular day/ night buses to Kathmandu (12 hours) and buses to Pokhara (12 hours), passing through Narayangarh (8 hours). Yeti Airlines and Buddha Air have flights from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.
Immigration Office, Nepalgunj
Tel: +977 81412005
Fax: +977 81412005
Dhangadhi which lies in far western region of Nepal, is about 660 km away from Kathmandu.
Immigration Office, Dhangadhi
Tel: +977 91523246
Fax: +977 91523246
Immigration Office, Pokhara
Tel: +977 61465167
Fax: +977 61465167
KANCHANPUR – MAHENDRANAGAR
The western border crossing at Mahendranagar is also reasonably convenient for Delhi. There are daily buses from Delhi’s Anand Vihar bus stand to Banbassa, the nearest Indian village to the border (10 hours). Banbassa is also connected by bus with most towns in Uttaranchal. From Mahendranagar there are slow overnight bus services to Kathmandu (15 hours) but it’s better to do the trip in daylight and break the journey at Bardia National Park, Nepalgunj or Narayangarh. Check that the road is open and make sure there are no security problems before you travel.
Immigration Office, Kanchanpur
Tel: +977 99402004
Fax: +977 99402004