Nepal Tourist Visa - Application, Cost, Useful Tips
Located in the souther Himalayas bordering China and India, Nepal is a world-famous tourist country offering featured religious culture and stunning Himalayan landscape and experiences. As stated by visa policy of Nepal, foreign visitors usually need to apply for and hold an appropriate Nepal Visa to enter Nepal, based on different purposes for visiting Nepal. The major Nepal Visa types include Nepal Tourist Visa, Nepal Business Visa, Nepal Transit Visa, Nepal Study Visa, Nepal Residential Visa, etc. If you are planning a Nepal tour, please read the convenient and easy-to-follow visa guide below to prepare you Nepal Tourist Visa application.
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As regulated, most international tourists are required to obtain a Nepal Tourist Visa for a Nepal Tour. Nepal Tourist Visa is a multiple-entry Nepal Visa issued by Department of Immigration, Nepal, allowing foreigners’ travel in Nepal. Normally, the maximum duration of stay is 90 days, while qualified US citizens can get 5-year multiple-entry Nepal Tourist Visa. You can either apply for the visa from an overseas Nepal Embassy or Consulate prior to departure, or simply get it upon arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport or at land entry ports.
● Nepal Visa Free Country
India is an exception nation exempted from a Nepal Visa. On a reciprocal basis, Indian citizens can visit Nepal without a visa, as long as he/she holds a valid Indian passport, a photo identity card or certificate issued by the Indian authority, or other eligible identity document.
● Visitors Must Get Nepal Visa in Advance
Tourists of Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria and refugees must apply for a Nepal Visa from nearest Nepal Embassy before going to Nepal.
⒈. Original Passport or Travel Document: Your passport or travel document should have a minimum validity of 6 months, with at least 2 blank visa pages left. Besides, make a clear and complete copy of the passport ID page.
⒉. Nepal Visa Application Form: Download a visa application form from Nepal Embassy in your country first, and then fill it completely, correctly, signed and truthfully with accurate personal information.
⒊. Photo: One passport-size (2 x 2 inches) recently-take photo with light background must be prepared and pasted one the application form. Two photos are needed for applying for Nepal Visa on Arrival.
⒋. Visa Fee: Take accepted form of payment (maybe cash, money order, casheri’s cheque) to pay for your visa free. Tourists benefiting from Nepal visa waiver don’t need to make the payment.
⒌. Other Documents: Birth certificate is required for children under the age of 10 years. A pre-paid self-addressed envelope and a postal money order are necessary if you submit application by mail >>.
Option 1: Submit Nepal Visa Application to Nepal Embassy in Person or by Mail
Getting Nepal Visa from embassy abroad in advance is more suitable for travelers who like to get everything done before departure. Here are a few steps to obtain your Nepal Tourist Visa.
✔ Fill in personal information (full name, gender, date of birth, passport number…) on the official website of Nepal Embassy in your country (if requires).
✔ Make an appointment online if the Embassy stipulates so.
✔ Submit above mentioned required documents to the Embassy in person during office hours or by post.
✔ Pick up or get Nepal Tourist Visa and passport back, after getting informed (by email or text) of the completion of processing. Normally, the Embassy takes about 1 to 3 working days to process and issue your Nepal Visa.
Note: Nepal Tourist Visa Application will NOT be accepted if you fail to provide personal details online, or any of the required documents.
Option 2: Get Nepal Visa on Arrival at Kathmandu Airport or Border Entry Ports
Nepal still offers quick and convenient on-arrival visa (all are tourist visas) for international tourists. This special kind of Nepal Visa is only available at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (IATA: KTM) for air travelers, and arrival ports of Kakarbhitta, Birgunj, Belhiya (Bhairahawa), Nepalgunj, Dhangadi, Mahendranagar at India-Nepal border and Rasuwa at Nepal-China border (not available now) . And the former one is most popular for travelling to Nepal. During peak seasons, you may queue up a few hours to manage all steps. So, it’s strongly suggested to get a prior Nepal Visa to avoid wasting time in tourist high season. Find more details of Nepal Visa on Arrival >>
The Nepal Visa on Arrival Application process at Kathmandu Airport includes:
Step 1: Fill in “Arrival Card”.
Step 2: Complete Nepal Visa Application Form online ahead or use Kiosk machine at Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport upon arrival. A submission reception with barcode needs to be printed out and used within 15 days’ validity, after submission digital form online.
Step 3: Pay Nepal Tourist Visa application fee. Keep the payment receipt.
Step 4: Submit application form, payment receipt and original passport to Immigration officer. Wait for his/her processing and issuance of Nepal Visa.
Step 5: Obtain a Nepal Visa and leave the airport to start your Nepal tour.
Nepal Tourists Visa mainly has three different length of duration: 15 days, 30 days and 90 days multiple entries. Visa fees are charged depending on the validity, instead of nationality and where you submit application.
Nepal Tourist Visa fees are as follows:
★ 15 days multiple entry visa, 30 USD
★ 30 days multiple entry visa, 50 USD
★ 90 days multiple entry visa, 125 USD
★ 5 years multiple entry visa, 160 USD (only available for US nationals)
Gratis Visa NepalA Nepal Visa will be issued without any visa fees for these applicants: 1.) Non-US children below 10 years; 2.) SAARC citizens (not including Afghanistan) visiting Nepal for the first time in a given visa year; 3.) Non-residential Nepali card holders; 4.) Chinese.
A Nepal Tourist Visa is valid for six months from the date of issue and the validity counts from the date of arrival in Nepal. If you want to stay longer in Nepal, you can extend your Tourist Visa from Immigration Office in Kathmandu (not available at Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport) and Pokhara. According to your itinerary, you can choose a minimum 15 days and plus more extra days.
To get additional permitted stay in Nepal, you need to show a flight ticket proving that you are leaving the country during that time period, and pay for visa extension fee as required. Mostly the extended visa is issued within hours on the same day.
*45 USD for 15 days
*45 USD for first 15 days + 3 USD per day for over 15 days
1. Nepal Tourist Visa for Tibet Nepal Tour
If you plan to travel from Tibet to Nepal, you can apply for the tourist visa after reaching at Gyirong port on China-Nepal border, or let us apply for the visa for you from the Consulate General of Nepal in Lhasa.
2. Nepal Transit Visa
Travelers with connecting flight tickets to any third country (such as Bhutan, China) can apply for Nepal Transit Visa to enter Nepal and stay overnight not exceeding 24 hours. First, you should visit https://apply.nepalimmigration.gov.np/online to submit needed personal information. And then, you should pay visa fee - 5 USD at the airport counter.
3. Other Important Notice
Once your Nepal Visa is issued, it can NOT be withdrawn, modified and visa fee can NOT be refunded neither. You should use the visa within 6 months after the issuance date.
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