TRAVEL INFORMATION’S TO NEPAL
Nepal makes things easy for 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 checkpoints known as Entry/Exit Points established under the Department of Immigration. They are administered by concerned Immigration Offices.
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 the 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 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’ travelers. Immigration Office Pokhara facilitates tourists by providing services related to a tourist visa extension. For more visa information to Nepal Please visit Nepal immigration Webpage.
ENTRY & EXITS POINTS TO NEPAL
⇒ TRAVEL BY AIR
Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport of Nepal that gives ‘On Arrival’ visas to the eligible countries nationals. Immigration Office, TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) under the Department of Immigration has been facilitating tourists flying to Nepal by providing Visa on Arrival. ‘On Arrival’ visa procedure is very quick and simple. You can expect some queues during peak Tourist season. If you wish to skip those queues, you can also consider getting Visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed abroad prior to your arrival.
For more detail regarding where you can get your Tourist visa to Nepal throughout the world please refer right-hand section of this webpage. Please contact your nearest embassy of Nepal for your tourist visa information. We recommend you to get the Tourist visa before your arrival to Nepal for further delays and in ques.
For more information regarding the Tourist visa and other types of visa please, visit the official website of the Department of Immigration Nepal
TOURIST VISA CHARGE (ON ARRIVAL FEE)
Multiple entries, 15 days Fees: US$ 30 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entries, 30 days Fees: US$ 50 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entries, 90 days Fees: US$ 125 or equivalent convertible currency
Alternatively, you can fill-up the Online ‘Tourist Visa ‘form ( you can fill it up prior to your arrival visiting official website form this link: http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/ or fill it up using Kiosk machines upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport). If you fill it from the website, you will get submission Receipt with a barcode, please print it out and bring it along for acquiring a visa. It works for fifteen days and becomes invalid then after. If so, you will have to fill it up again.
(Note:This VISA FEE can be changed during the time period, please refer to immigration website for latest updates)
All tourists apart from the Indian citizens must hold a passport and valid visa. Indian Nationals can show any identity proof with a photo in it like the Indian Government Issued Passport, Registration card, Voters ID and similar National ID.
VISA WAIVER AGREEMENT COUNTRIES
Based on the reciprocal agreements between the two countries Nepali visa exemption facilities are available to the followings:
Diplomatic and Official or Service Passport holders of the following countries are exempted from the visa requirement to enter and stay in Nepal, exit from Nepal and transit through Nepal.
→ Thailand – Exemption up to 90 days.
→ Russian Federation – Exemption up to 90 days.
→ The people’s Republic of China – Exemption up to 30 days.
→ The Federal Republic of Brazil – Exemption up to 90 days.
→ Myanmar – Exemption up to 90 days
→ Vietnam – Exemption up to 90 days
→ Cambodia – Exemption up to 30 days
→ Mongolia – Exemption up to 90 days
(However, they are subjected to visa regulation after the stipulated duration of the exemption.)
For more information visit the Nepal immigration official website
ON ARRIVAL VISA PROHIBITION COUNTRIES
Foreign Nationals (except officials and diplomatic passport holders) of the following 12 countries are requested to obtain a Tourist visa from the Nepalese diplomatic mission (Embassies and Consulates) prior to their departure to Nepal.
These are the list of the visa prohibition countries: Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, Refugees with a travel document.
For more information regarding the Nationals who are not eligible for ‘On Arrival Visa’ please refer to, Nepal Immigration Website, Your Nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission.
GRATIS VISA (VISA FOR FREE)
Gratis Visa is issued free of cost in case of following categories of Visa applicants:
→ Children below 10 years
→ Up to 30 days for SAARC Citizen (except Afghanistan) visiting Nepal for the first time in a given visa Year. Afghan citizen is eligible for Gratis Visa on Arrival only upon the recommendation of the Department of Immigration. If you are an Afghan citizen, you can request concerned institution inviting you to Nepal for necessary paperwork with Department of Immigration to get you Gratis Visa ‘On Arrival’
→ Non-Residential Nepalese(NRN) cardholder (Issued by MOFA /Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad)
→ Chinese Nationals
TOURIST VISA EXTENSION
Visa extensions are available from immigration offices in Kathmandu and Pokhara only. Every visa extension requires your passport, the fee, one photo and an application form which must be completed online first. Visa extensions are available the same day, normally within two hours, You can extend a tourist visa up to a total stay of 150 days within a calendar year, though as you get close to that maximum you’ll have to provide an air ticket to show you’re leaving the country.
You can get up-to-date visa information on the website of the Department of Immigration.
Foreign nationals having transit in Nepal can obtain Transit Visa to enter into the country to spend a night (24 hours) by producing proof of transit (Air ticket). Similarly, the foreign nationals arriving in Nepal due to untoward circumstances such as emergency or forced landing can acquire a tourist visa if they want to leave the airport and visit the country. Transit Visa applicants should fill out an online Visa application from this link: http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/transit-visa pay the necessary Visa fee (5 USD) at the bank counter and proceed to Transit Visa desk after arriving at the airport for acquiring the Visa. Transit Visa is issued by the Immigration Officer upon his/her satisfaction.
⇒ TRAVEL THROUGH LAND ENTRY POINTS
Nepal is sandwich between 2 giants nation India and China. To travel Nepal by land you need to make entry to Nepal from either of these 2 countries. These are the contact information of 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.
KAKARBHITTA, JHAPA (VIA INDIA)
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 Highway).
Immigration Office, Kakarvitta
Tel: +977 23562054
Birgunj is the main entry point to Nepal for Indian tourists especially coming from Calcutta and Patna. Birgunj, which is about 210 kilometers 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
BELHIA, BHAIRAHAWA(VIA INDIA)
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.
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
Mohana kailali entry point from India which lies in the far western region of Nepal is about 660 km away from Kathmandu.
Immigration Office, Dhangadhi
Tel: +977 91523246
GADDACHWOKI, KANCHANPUR – MAHENDRANAGAR(VIA INDIA)
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
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
RASHUWAGADI, RASHUWA(VIA CHINA)
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
Immigration Office, Pokhara
Tel: +977 61465167
Fax: +977 61465167