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Nepal Visa and Entry Formalities


Visa and Entry Formalities

Tourist visas to visit Nepal can be obtained from Nepalese Embassies and Consulates abroad.

Visa is also issued on arrival. However, to avoid the long line at the airport, obtain your visas in advance from Nepalese Embassies and Consulate if at all possible.

Tourist Visa:

 Visa Type



Multiple entry

15 days

US$25 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry

30 days

US$40 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry

90 days

US$100 or equivalent convertible currency


Gratis (Free) Visa:

Gratis visa for 30 days is available only for nationals of SAARC countries. However, for extension of visa for SAARC nationals, the rule is same as that of other nationals.
Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal.

Visa Extension:

Tourists can stay for a maximum of 150 days in a visa year (Jan 1 to Dec 31) extending the visa at the rate of US$2 per day. However, a minimum amount of US$30 has to be paid for a period of 15 days or less.


For obtaining visa or for renewing visa 1 passport size photo is necessary.

Transit Visa:

Transit visa is provided for 1 day for US$5 or Equivalent convertible currency. Return ticket is necessary.

Visa on Arrival:

Nepal provides visa-on-arrival to all the nationals of different countries except the countries mentioned below.

The nationals of the following countries are not provided visa-on-arrival and may obtain their visa from Nepalese diplomatic missions located in or near their respective countries prior to arrival in Nepal.

The countries are: Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Palestine, Liberia, Swaziland, Ethiopia and Cameroon.

For Indian Nationals:

Indian National Traveling to Nepal must posses any one of the following documents:

  1. Passport,
  2. Driving license with photo,
  3. Photo Identity card issued by a Government Agency,
  4. Ration Card with Photo,
  5. Election Commission Card with Photo,
  6. Identity Card issued by Embassy of India in Kathmandu,
  7. Identity Card with Photo issued by Sub- Divisional Magistrate or any other officials above his rank.

Custom Formalities:

Customs: All baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs on arrival at the entry. Personal effects are permitted free entry. Passengers arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) without any dutiable goods can proceed through the Green Channel for quick clearance without a baggage check. If you are carrying dutiable articles, you have to pass through the Red Channel for detailed customs clearance.

Import: Apart from used personal belongings, visitors are allowed to bring to Nepal free of duty cigarette (200) or cigars (50), distilled liquor (one 1.15 liter bottle), and film (15 rolls). You can also bring in the following articles free of duty on condition that you take them out with you when you leave: binocular, movie or video camera, still camera, laptop computer, and portable music system.

Export: To export antiques require special certification from the Department of Archeology, National Archive Building, Ram Shah Path, Kathmandu. It is illegal to export objects over 100 years old like sacred images, paintings, manuscripts that are valued for culture and religious reasons. Visitors are advised not to purchase such items as they are Nepal's cultural heritage and belong here.

For more information on customs matters, contact the Chief Customs Administrator,
TIA Customs Office (Phone: 4470110, 4472266).



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