Common Facts about Nepal Visa

Located on the lap of Himalayas and surrounded by landmasses, Nepal is a beautiful country. Be it spiritual conquest or scaling towering mountains, the country is a preferred destination for many tourists. Each year, close to a million visitors come to this beautiful mountainous country in the search of peace and glory.

Visitors planning on visiting the country are always looking out for the right and updated Nepal visa related information. Keeping in mind of the readers and travelers need, this write-up meant to provide important facts and information on the topic.

The page would cover resourceful information on how to get a tourist visa and other essentials for a hassle-free Nepal trip.

Nepal and Nepalese Visa

Nepal is one of the popular Asian countries in the world frequently visited by tourists looking for adventure. Being home to the towering Himalayan peaks, including the Mt. Everest, the country attracts a huge crowd. But that is not all. Apart from sky-high mountains, Nepal is home to some of the stunning medieval towns and valleys that are listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

For the ease of the tourists, the Nepalese government has introduced Visa on Arrival. Under this scheme, tourists can apply for Visa after entering the country before moving to immigrations. The very fast, however, during peak tourist season expect a bit of rush. If you are flying to the country, then you will land at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. From there, you will be directed towards the Visa processing. For travelers coming to Nepal via roadways from either China or India, they have to pass through any of the eight border checkpoints to get their Visa.

Apart from that, you can head towards the nearest Nepalese Embassy or Diplomatic Mission in your country to apply for a Nepal visa.

During the Visa processing, you are supposed to submit the following documents: 

1. Valid passport
2. Passport-size photo
3. Fee required for visa  

For payment purposes following currencies accepted: Euro, Pound Sterling, Swiss Franc, Australian Dollar, Singapore Dollar, US Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Japanese Yen, and Canadian Dollar. Additionally, the payment for Visa has to be made in cash.

P.S: Indian and Nepali currencies are not accepted in these cases. Also, the Visa fee for children (except US citizens) below ten years is levied by the government.

Tourist Visa Fee Structure (In Effect since July 2019)

Recently the fee structure for the Nepal visa has been updated. The updated structure goes like this:

Tourist Visa Free
Visa Fee
15 Days with Multiple Entry
US$ 30
30 Days with Multiple Entry
US$ 50
90 Days with Multiple Entry
US$ 125
Visa Extension (Within Valid Visa Phase)
US$ 3 per day
Visa Extension with Multiple Entry
US$ 25 (Additional)
Visa Extension (After Visa Expiration)
US$ 5 per day (Late fee)

Nepal visa for Free

Under the following circumstances, the tourists could be granted a Gratis Visa or Visa for free:

1. Children under the age of 10 years (an exception to this rule is for US citizens)
2. For 30 days, citizens from the SAARC countries (except Afghanistan) could be granted Gratis Visa. An Afghan national is entitled to Gratis Visa on Arrival only on the approval of the Department of Immigration (DOI).
3. Non Residential Nepali Citizens holding NRN cards issued by Nepalese diplomatic missions
4. Chinese Citizens

What Are the Steps for Getting the Visa?

After you have landed at the airport or have reached the border check post, you will be provided with an Arrival Card. Fill the form correctly, with correct information like your name and date of birth. Also mention, your reason for the arrival and address of the hotel you are staying in.

Next, submit the form along with the payment (preferably cash) according to your tenure of stay.

If the provided information is correct, then the immigration officer would grant you the Nepal visa.

Important Customs Regulations

On arrival and before departure, your baggage well is X-rayed. This is done to prevent the import and export of illegal drugs or antiques.

1. Customs will stop you from bringing in Nepali currency. Additionally, only Indian or Nepal citizens are permitted to bring in Indian currency.

2. The customs has not set a limit on bringing in foreign currency in the form of cash or travelers check. However, the amount taken out during departure must not go beyond the amount brought inside the country.

3. You must declare the cash or checks brought inside the country if the amount exceeds USD 2000, or more.

Nepal Visa Extension

For Nepal Visa extensions, you have to visit the immigration offices in either Kathmandu or Pokhara. The extension costs around US$30, payable in cash only for tenure of fifteen days. Moreover, a fee of 2 USD would be added to the existing amount for a period after that.

For Nepal visa extension of 30 days, payment of USD 50 is to be made. For facilitating a multiple-entry visa, you have to add an extra USD 20. If your Nepal trip is for more than two months, then you should opt for a 90-day visa on arrival, instead of a 60-day visa plus an extension scheme. This would save you some money.

For visa extension, you have to provide your passport, one photo, the fee, and a correctly filled application form. Usually, the Visa extension is provided by the same day, although faster Nepal visa extension schemes are also available.

Visitors can extend the visa up to 150 days in a calendar year. But for such an extension, you might have to provide a copy of your air ticket.

Further Reading:

Nepal Visa on Arrival

Can I Get Nepal Visa for Indians?