A visa is required to enter Nepal. One
can get a visa at the Royal Nepalese Embassy or Consulate
or at the airport upon arrival. Children under 10 years
need not pay any visa fees. Two passport sized photos
are mandatory for visa on arrival.
The Department of Immigration is located at Bhrikutimandap,
Katmandu and has nice branch offices at different locations
in the kingdom.
Tel: +977 – 1- 4223590 / 4222453 / 4223681
Fax: +977 – 1 – 4223127
Office Hours (Immigration Department) Monday to
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in summer 9:00 a.m.
– 2:00 p.m. in winter Other Branch OFFICES Located
at entry points will be open 24 hours.
2. Entry / Exit
Points in Nepal
The following entry and exit points are prescribed for
the purpose of the foreigners entering into and departing
from the kingdom of Nepal. Deviation from these points
at the time of entry or exit shall be treated as the violation
of Immigration rules.
- Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
- Kakarvitta, , Jhapa (Eastern Nepal )
- Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
- Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border
- Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi,Western
- Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western
- Mohana,Dhangadhi (Kailali, far western
- Gadda Chuki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur,
Far Western Nepal)
Foreigner who intends to visit Nepal
must hold valid passport or any travel document equivalent
to passport issued by the Govt. for visiting a foreign
country prior to apply for visa.
- Entry: No foreigner is entitled to enter into and
stay in the Kingdom of Nepal without valid visa. Tourist
entry visa can be obtained for the following duration
from Royal Nepalese Embassy or Consulate or other
mission offices or immigration offices located on
entry points in Nepal.
- Chinese citizen are requested to apply in Royal
Nepalese Embassy or other Nepalese diplomatic missions
as there is no provision of arrival visa for them.
1. Free visa for all tourist
who visit Nepal only for 3 days.
Children under 10 years need not pay visa fee.
visa for all tourists of SAARC countries and people’s
Republic of China
||60 days from the date of
US$ 30 Equivalent Convertible Foreign Currency
US$ 60 or equivalent Convertible foreign or Nepalese Currency.
||Visa extension fee
||US$ 30 for 30 days.
||Re entry visa fee**
||US$ 30 for 30 days.
If a visitor already visited Nepal and intend to visit
again within same year (within Jan-Dec) can obtain entry
visa paying US$ 30 for 30 days.
A tourist visa can be extended upto 120 days from the
Department of Immigration in Kathmandu and Pokhara Immigration
in office on request. Then after an additional 30 days
can be extended from Department of immigration on reasonable
ground, which ensures one’s departure from the country
within 150 days in one visa year.
- Tourist visa extension fee and additional late
fee are as follows:-
Visa extension for each additional 30 days –
US$30 in equivalent Nepalese currency.
The provision of single entry reentry and double entry
has been revoked.
- Late fee for regularizing tourist visa US$ 2 in
equivalent Nepalese currency per day for the first
30 days. US$ 3 in equivalent Nepalese currency per
day for the next 31 to 90 days. US$ in equivalent
Nepalese currency per day for mere than 90 days.
- Fee exemption of tourist visa. Children below 10
Descendant’s upto the age of 16 years, holding
foreign passports, of Nepalese parents or either of
their parents is a Nepal based foreign mission, until
the period of his departure to a foreign country.
A tourist may stay in Nepal upto 150 days in a visa year
(Jan-Dec). A tourist must extend his/her visa before expire
of the visa validity period. A tourist who does not comply
with these regulations may be liable f fine and other
prosecution as provided in Immigration Act and Rules.
A foreigner having obtained tourist visa shall not be
allowed to work with or without receiving remuneration.
A foreigner shall not be allowed to carry
out any work other than that for which purpose she/ he
has obtained the visa.
4. Transit visa
- A transit visa can be obtained from the Airport
Immigration officer for a period of 48 hours on the
presentation of confirmed air ticket.
b. Fee for transit visa is US$ 5.00
5. Other visa categories
(Except tourist and transit visa)
- Diplomatic visa
1. Who may apply? Diplomatic passport holders and
their family members recommended from the concerned
foreign diplomatic mission and considered fit to be
granted diplomatic privileges by His Majesty’s
2. Issuing Authority: Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
For 30 days entry diplomatic mission and the Immigration
Office at the ent6ry points in Nepal.
- Official Visa
i. Who may apply? : The official visa shall be granted
to the persons considered fit by His Majesty’s
Government and their family upon recommendation of
the concerned diplomatic mission:
- Administrative, Technical and non-diplomatic officials
serving in a residential or non-residential diplomatic
missions, a Consulate for Nepal and incumbent Nepalese
honorary Consul Generals, Consuls and their family
who visit Nepal from a foreign country.
- Consultant experts who stay in Nepal under an agreement
with his Majesty’s government,
- Employees serving in the Nepal based offices of
the United Nations or its agencies and the laissez
passes granted by the United Nations.
- Employees serving in the international institutions
or regional organizations located in Nepal.
ii. Issuing Authority: Ministry of
Foreign Affairs. For 30 days entry diplomatic mission
and the Immigration Office at the entry points in
A foreigner who wants to study, teach or conduct research
works in any educational institute having obtained the
approval of His Majesty’ Govt.
i. who may apply? : Students, Research scholars, Teachers
and their family Visa fee: Nepalese currency equivalent
to 5U.S. $ per month.
Foreigners involved in the social and
economic development works approved by HMG of Nepal under
the expenses to be borne by Governmental institutions
of the foreign friendly nations, visa fee: Nepalese currency
equivalent to 20 U.S. $ per month. Foreigners having obtained
recommendation from the ministry of foreign affairs to
work in the institutions run by the foreign mission located
Visa fee: Nepalese currency
equivalent to 60 US$ per month for the first year and
100 US$ per month from the next year.
Foreigners having obtained recommendation from the concerned
ministry to act as a helpers of the foreigners having
obtained diplomatic or official visa.
Foreigners having obtained recommendation
from the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Civil Aviation
to work in any international airlines organization located
in the kingdom of Nepal.
Foreigners having obtained recommendation
of the concerned ministry to conduct feasibility study
of an agreement or enterprise for a period not exceeding
Group leader of the foreigners making
application accompanied by the recommendation of the Ministry
of tourism and Civil Aviation, for making the tourists
tour in group in Nepal.
Such foreigners as may be thought fit by His Majesty’s
4. Business visa
Business visa (with multiple entry) can be obtained from
the department of Immigration for the period of one year
or five years upon the recommendation of the Ministry
of Industry by paying the equivalent of US$ 100 and US$
250 respectively in Nepalese currency for the foreign
All baggage must be declared and cleared
through the customs on the port of entry. Personal effects
are permitted free entry. The duty on articles brought
by visitors varies according to the volume and value of
the goods; such as tobacco and liquor, within the prescribed
quantity free of duty. Carrying narcotics, arms and ammunition
are strictly prohibited. Visitors can take along souvenirs
to their respective countries. The export of antiques
requires special certificate from the Department of Archaeology,
National Archive Building, Ram Shah path, Kathmandu (Tel:4215358).
Gold, silver, precious stones, wild animals and their
skins, horns, wild flora and fauna etc. and drugs of any
nature, whether processed or in their natural state are
prohibited to be exported.