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Travel Information

There are 12 major international airlines linking to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Nepal Airlines is the national flag carrier of Nepal with flight connections to: Delhi and Mumbai in India; Bangkok in Thailand; Osaka in Japan; Hong Kong and Shanghai in China; Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia; Dubai in UAE; and Singapore. Well, the other international airlines connecting Kathmandu to other parts of the world are Biman Bangladesh to Dacca in Bangladesh; China Airlines to Lhasa in Tibet; Druk Air to Paro in Bhutan and New Delhi in India; Gulf Air to Abu Dhabi in UAE; Indian Airlines to Delhi, Kolkata and Vanarasi in India; Qatar Airways to Doha in Qatar; Thai International to Bangkok in Thailand.
Since Nepal has India in three sides and China in the north, coming to Nepal by land requires one to pass through India or China. The entry points to Nepal from India are:
  • Kakarbhitta
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  • Birgunj
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  • Belahiya (Bhairahawa)
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  • Nepalgunj
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  • Dhangadhi,
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  • Jogbani (Biratnagar)
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  • Mahendranagar
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And the Kodari Pass in Nepal-China border is the only entry point to Nepal from China. Tourists entering Nepal by land must hold an international passport. And for getting around the country, there is an excellent domestic air network and helicopter charter services as well as deluxe tourist coaches. Coldfeet Adventure Nepal will help you with all domestic air ticketing and tourist couch booking for you.

Custom Formalities
All your baggage must be affirmed and cleared through the customs on arrival at the entry. Personal effects are permitted free entry. Passengers arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport 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, all the 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). Well, you can also bring in the following articles free of duty on condition that you take them out without you when you leave: binocular, movie or video camera, still camera, laptop computer, and portable music system.

Export
The export of antiques requires 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 regions. And 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: 977-1-4470110, 977-1-4472266).
 Forex and Banking
Foreign currencies must be exchanges only through banks or authorized foreign exchange dealers. The receipts from such transaction are to be obtained and retained. Visitors can exchange money at the foreign exchange counter at the airport upon arrival also.
NOTE FOR TRAVELERS FROM INDIA/VIA INDIA
Indian currency of Rs.500 and Rs.1000 bills are not allowed to be brought into Nepal. They will not be exchanged and will not be accepted for transaction of any kind.
Cards
Credit cards like American Express, Master and Visa Card are accepted. Convertible currencies are as follows: Dollar (US, Australian, Hong Kong, Canadian, and Singapore); Euro (Swiss, French, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Italy); Pound (UK); Yen (Japan).
Cash Machines
The mainstream banks in Kathmandu and Pokhara all have a cash machine where you fill your wallet 24 hours a day using normal bankcard or Master Card/Visa Electron. Banks have cash machines, though we would recommend only using these machines during bank opening tours so as not to run the risk of your card if the system crashes.
Well, the banks in Kathmandu Valley are open between 9:30 am to 2:30 pm from Sunday to Friday. They are closed on Saturdays and other public holidays. In other places, banks are open from 10 am to 2:30 from Sunday to Friday and are closed on Saturdays and government holidays. ATM machines are located in many banks in the capital. Money can be transferred from other parts of the world from the numerous transfer agencies in the capital.
 Visa Information
It is just easy to attain your Nepalese Visa on arrival in entry place. So, make the process easier by downloading & completing the application form, having the correct USD cash and two passport photographs. You will need additional two PP-sized photographs for trekking permits and TIMS card.
Nationals of SAARC countries and China do not need visa when visiting Nepal. As per this rule, Indian nationals do not require visa. However, effective from October 2000, Indians traveling to Nepal by air have to show upon arrival at entry point a valid photo entity like a passport, voter’s identity or an identity card issued by the Indian Government. Temporary identity Card with photographs issued by Nepal-based Indian diplomatic missions is considered in case of exception. Children under 10 years need not show any identification.
Other non-Nepali visitors do not need visa to be in Nepal for three days. Visa must be obtained for staying over the initial period of three days. Free visa is to be given to tourists for re-entry to Nepal provided they stay at least 15 days in the country in that visa year.
a) Entry
  • Tourist entry visa can be obtained for the following duration from Nepal Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad, or at the following Immigration offices in Nepal:
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  • Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
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  • Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
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  • Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
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  • Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
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  • Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
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  • Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid-Western Nepal)
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  • Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far-Western Nepal)
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  • Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far-Western Nepal)
b) Tourist Visa
Visa Facility Duration Fee
  • Multiple Entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent Nepali Currency
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  • Multiple Entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent Nepali Currency
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  • Multiple Entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent Nepali Currency
c) Tourist Visa Extension
  • Visa extension fee for 15 days or less is US$ 30 or equivalent Nepali currency and visa extension for more than 15 days is US$ 2 per day
  • Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January-December)
d) Gratis (Free) Visa
  •   Gratis visa for 30 days available for tourists for SAARC countries.
  •   Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal
e) Transit Visa
Transit Visa for one day can be obtained from Nepal’s immigration offices at the entry points upon the production of departure flight ticket via Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal by paying US$ 5 or equivalent Nepali currency.
(For further information, please, contact Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Impact Building, Kathmandu, and website: www.immi.gov.np )

Nepal Visa Information

It is just easy to attain your Nepalese Visa on arrival in entry place. So, make the process easier by downloading & completing the application form, having the correct USD cash and two passport photographs. You will need additional two PP-sized photographs for trekking permits and TIMS card.
Visa Information
It is just easy to attain your Nepalese Visa on arrival in entry place. So, make the process easier by downloading & completing the application form, having the correct USD cash and two passport photographs. You will need additional two PP-sized photographs for trekking permits and TIMS card.
Nationals of SAARC countries and China do not need visa when visiting Nepal. As per this rule, Indian nationals do not require visa. However, effective from October 2000, Indians traveling to Nepal by air have to show upon arrival at entry point a valid photo entity like a passport, voter’s identity or an identity card issued by the Indian Government. Temporary identity Card with photographs issued by Nepal-based Indian diplomatic missions is considered in case of exception. Children under 10 years need not show any identification.
Other non-Nepali visitors do not need visa to be in Nepal for three days. Visa must be obtained for staying over the initial period of three days. Free visa is to be given to tourists for re-entry to Nepal provided they stay at least 15 days in the country in that visa year.
a) Entry
  • Tourist entry visa can be obtained for the following duration from Nepal Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad, or at the following Immigration offices in Nepal:
  •  Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
  •  Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
  •  Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
  •  Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
  •  Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
  •  Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid-Western Nepal)
  •  Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far-Western Nepal)
  •  Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far-Western Nepal)
b) Tourist Visa
Visa Facility Duration Fee
  • Multiple Entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent Nepali Currency
  •  
  • Multiple Entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent Nepali Currency
  •  
  • Multiple Entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent Nepali Currency
c) Tourist Visa Extension
  • Visa extension fee for 15 days or less is US$ 30 or equivalent Nepali currency and visa extension for more than 15 days is US$ 2 per day
  • Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January-December)
d) Gratis (Free) Visa
  •   Gratis visa for 30 days available for tourists for SAARC countries.
  •   Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal
e) Transit Visa
Transit Visa for one day can be obtained from Nepal’s immigration offices at the entry points upon the production of departure flight ticket via Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal by paying US$ 5 or equivalent Nepali currency.
(For further information, please, contact Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Impact Building, Kathmandu, and website: www.immi.gov.np )