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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the visa regulations in Kathmandu?

Aloke Bajpai DEC 10 2012
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Indian Nationals can kick back and relax while they plan their Kathmandu trip and need not worry about getting a visa for Nepal. A proper government photo and address proof (like passport or driving license) will suffice. Natives from SAARC countries can also breathe easy since they are exempt from paying any fee for a Nepalese visa. Families can also save up on some bucks since kids below 10 years don't need an official Visa.

Travellers can take a tourist visa for a minimum duration of 15 days, and can extend it up to a whole 150 days while in Nepal. For these Visa extensions, US nationals have the added edge over other tourists of being able to pay in USD and skipping all currency exchange nuisance.

Those coming into Kathmandu from other shores are advised to crack their visa issues before coming in, at their nearest Nepalese Embassy in their country. Nepal does not allow visa on entry for travellers from a total of 11 countries namely, Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan.

Typically, there is a visa fee that needs to be paid, either while obtaining a visa beforehand, or when one get off their flights at the Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu. Travellers coming in via road transport need to keep in mind the limited entry points (a total of 9 immigration offices to be precise) into the country for foreign nationals. These entry/exit points, which are functional all 24 hours in a day, are:

  • Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
  • Immigration Office, Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
  • Immigration Office, Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
  • Immigration Office, Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
  • Immigration Office, Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
  • Immigration Office, Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
  • Immigration Office, Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
  • Immigration Office, Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)
  • Immigration Office, Pokhara (not the entry point)

Owing to some diplomatic issues and such stuff, nationals from the following countries will not be permitted to take a Visa for Kathmandu on arrival and must therefore apply for it in advance in the Nepalese Embassy/Consulate in their country. Tourists belonging to these 11 would need a Visa prior to entry in Kathmandu:

  • Nigeria
  • Ghana
  • Zimbabwe
  • Swaziland
  • Cameroon
  • Somalia
  • Liberia
  • Ethiopia
  • Iraq
  • Palestine
  • Afghanistan

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