Tourists are always welcome in Nepal such that, and easy facilities for a Tourist visa are created. Either you can apply to the Nepalese Embassy located in your own country or an On Arrival visa can be obtained in Nepal.
Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport in Nepal. Immigration Office, TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) under the Department of Immigration has been facilitating tourists flying to Nepal by providing visas on Arrival.
Besides, a Tourist visa may also be obtained at any of the following entry points:
A. Immigration Offices along Nepal-India border
- Kakarbhitta, Jhapa,
- Birganj, Parsa
- Balahia Bhairahawa,
- Jamunaha, Nepalgunj,
- Mohana, Dhangadi,
B. Immigration Office along with Nepal- China border: Kodari, Sindhupalchok
C. Immigration Office, Pokhara (not the entry point).
If you have obtained a visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions, then you must enter Nepal within six months from the visa issued date. Your total stay is counted starting from the day you enter Nepal.
On arrival, the visa has multiple Re-entry facilities.
Please follow these simple procedures for Tourist Visa on Arrival at the airport (TIA)
- Fill in ' Arrival Card '
- Fill in the ‘Tourist Visa’ form (you can fill it out prior to your arrival from the official website Department of Immigration / fill it up using Kiosk machines upon your arrival at the airport). If you fill online form, you get a submission Receipt with a barcode, please print it and bring it along for acquiring a visa. It is valid for fifteen days.
- Make payment at the bank according to your visa requirement ( 15/30/90 Days)
- Get the receipt
- While you can use different modes of payment (at the visa fees collection counter), we advise you to carry some cash to be on the safe side.
On-Arrival Visa Fee
- For 15 Days – USD 25 (multiple entries)
- For 30 Days – USD 40 (multiple entries)
- For 90 Days – USD 100 (multiple entries)
- Proceed to the Immigration Desk with your online form, payment receipts, and your passport
- Hand in your documents to the immigration officer for visa processing. He/she issues a visa to you as per the criteria.
Gratis Visa (Visa for Free)
Gratis Visa is issued free of cost in the case of the following categories of Visa applicants:
- Children below 10 years
- Up to 30 days for SAARC citizens (except Afghanistan) visiting Nepal for the first time in a given visa Year. Afghan citizens are eligible for Gratis Visa on Arrival only upon the recommendation of the Department of Immigration. If you are an Afghan citizen, you can request the concerned institution invite you to Nepal for necessary paperwork with the Department of Immigration to get you a Gratis Visa 'On Arrival.
- Non-Residential Nepalese(NRN) card holder ( issued by MoFA /Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad)
- Chinese Nationals
- Officials from China, Brazil, Russia, and Thailand do not need Entry Visas based on the reciprocal visa waiver Agreement
Visas of all kinds including ‘Gratis’ issued at the Airport are Tourist Visas. Contact the Department of Immigration for extending your visa or changing the category of your visa. Tourist Visa extension can be done from Immigration Office, Pokhara too. Non-tourist visa extension can be done only at the Department of Immigration (if eligible) for a period of a maximum of one year (except business visa).
The applicant must fill in the information requested in the application form. It is the right of the Government of Nepal to grant or not to grant visas to any foreigner.
Document required for Tourist Visa:
- Duly filled in Visa Application Form (download form)
- Valid Passport (at least six months)
- One recent photograph (2X2)
- A money order payable to the Embassy of Nepal. (Two or more applicants can send a single money order with multiple visa fees. Personal checks, cash, and credit cards are not acceptable.)
- A prepaid return envelope with tracking number and sufficient postage to return passport/s. (if you are sending documents by couriers/post)
Note: Applicants are required to send prepaid return envelopes with tracking numbers to return back passport/s. An embassy is not responsible for any undelivered passport/s because of the insufficient postage, a weak envelope to bear up the load and other incidents that occurred during the handling of the documents by couriers/post.
- Visa once issued cannot be withdrawn and visa fees cannot be refunded. It must be used within six months from the date of issue.
- It takes five business days to issue a visa after the application is received by the Embassy.
- Tourists carrying more than 2,000.00 US dollar or equivalent foreign currency are requested to declare in the Custom Declaration Form at the time of arrival in Nepal. Those returning from Nepal with undeclared money exceeding US $ 2,000.00 or equivalent foreign currency may be interrogated for further legal actions in accordance with the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act of Nepal.
- Tourists traveling by car should possess a valid Passage de Carnet
- Visa on Travel Document:
- If you are holding a reentry permit travel document, you have to follow the requirements mentioned in No. 1 above. The embassy may ask for additional documents if required.
- If you are not holding a reentry permit travel document, you have to submit a sponsor letter in addition to the requirements in No. 1 above. Applicants are required to contact the Embassy soon after the sponsor letter is submitted to the Embassy.
For more information about Nepalese visas, please visit www.nepalimmigration.gov.np