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How to Get Nepal Visa? Can I Get Nepalese Visa On arrival?

November,22 2019 BY Sonam Tenphel 0 COMMENTS

Nepal has long been one of the favored destinations in Asia for backpackers, and for decades it has seen many tourists cross its borders. Lying in the high Himalayas, it is one of the most popular destinations in the world for trekking, and in the past decade has seen a massive increase in international tourists crossing its borders and entering through the airport heading for the stunning trekking trails.

Places like the Annapurna Range and the Everest Massif are two of the most popular places to trek in the country and, in the peak seasons of spring and fall, can be packed with hikers making their way along the trails. Trekking is not the only tourist attraction in the country, either. A true adventure sports destination, you can try your hand at white-water rafting, kayaking, abseiling, mountain climbing, ice climbing, and a host of other semi-dangerous activities to get your adrenalin pumping.

With the huge increase in tourism over the past decade in Nepal, getting a Nepalese visa is one of the most important things to do, and making it easy to obtain is one great way to promote and increase tourism in any country.

How to Get a Visa for Nepal

Obtaining a visa for Nepal is relatively simple, and can be done in one of two ways. While the country may not have the modern E-visa yet, it has made it very simple to get a visa on your arrival at the airport or at any of the overland border checkpoints with the minimum of fuss. Visa fees can be paid for in a variety of currencies, including Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit cards, Indian rupees and Nepali currency are not included in the payment options. Embassies will accept all of the currencies for payment, and while the airport entry point may accept a number of different currencies, they do prefer U.S. dollars. All of the border crossings will ONLY accept U.S. dollars as payment. All payments must be made in cash in the exact amounts, as there is no change given.

Get Nepal Visa at the Embassy

The classic way of obtaining a visa is still and will always be an option for travelers to Nepal. Using the visa services of the nation’s embassy has always been the way to obtain a visa, and with Nepal, it is no different. Applications for pre-approved visas takes around three working days, and the cost depends on which visa you will be applying for.

There are multiple options for the length of visa you apply for, and the cost varies for each. The 15-day visa costs US$ 25, while the 30-day visa is just US$ 30, A 90-day visa is also available for US$ 100, and according to the Nepal Immigration Office, all visas are now multiple-entry visas. The application process is relatively simple, and requires just your original passport with one blank visa page and valid for at least 6 months after your date of departure from Nepal, two passport-sized photos, the completed application form, and the relevant fee.

The visa can be obtained from any Nepali Embassy or diplomatic mission around the world, and does not have to be the one in your home country, as there are not offices in every country. To apply in another country, simply show proof of your resident nation. The visa is valid for six months from the date of issue.

Get Nepal Visa on Arrival

The Visa on Arrival service for Nepal is complete and available at all of the entry point into Nepal. The simplest entry point for the Visa on Arrival is at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. The process is simple, and you can make the application by handing over your completed application form, one passport-sized photo, and your passport, complete with visa fee, to the immigration officials at the entry desk.

Nepal Visa on ArrivalIt is convenient to get Nepal Visa on Arrival.

Processing of the Visa on Arrival normally takes just an hour, even in the busiest periods, and if there are only a few applicants, can take as little as 15 minutes. The costs are also the same as applying for the visa from an Embassy, and all visas issued at the airport are multiple entry visas. There is also the option of choosing to enter Nepal from Tibet or India through one of the overland border crossings. With several places from which to enter Nepal overland, it has never been easier to enter this beautiful Himalayan country.

Get Nepal Visa Online

Nepal also has a third option for entry visas, which is not well known thanks to the ease of obtaining a Visa on Arrival. An online pre-approved visa on arrival service is available for those that want to make their application in advance.

The online application can only be done within 15 days of the date you intend to enter Nepal, and you will need the address of the hotel you will be staying at and a digital copy of your passport photo to upload.

The application can be made online at the website of the Nepali Office of Immigration. Once the application is complete, you will be given a confirmation receipt to show to the immigration desk on your arrival in Nepal, along with your passport and the relevant visa fee.

Visa Exemptions

A visa is required for the nationals of every country in the world, with the singular exception of India. Indian citizens with passports or government IDs can enter and leave Nepal with complete freedom of movement, and no costs at all.

For Chinese citizens, and the holders of Hong Kong or Macau passports, there is a requirement to have a visa to enter Nepal, although Chinese citizens have an exemption for payment, and the visa is free for tourists. For all other types of visa, the standard fees will apply.

Also, the other six members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, also have a visa fee waiver for a period of 30 days, for any type of visa.

Visa Extension and Renewal

Extending your visa in Nepal can be done easily at the Immigration Department offices in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Standard tourist visas can be extended up to a maximum period of 150 days from the initial date of entry, and the normal turn-around time for extensions is within the same day. The cost for the extensions starts at US$ 30 for the first 15 days of extensions, and then two dollars per day for every day over that. Along with the application form, passport and fee, you will need to submit a new photo.

Visa Entry Points

There are currently eight entry points into Nepal, seven from India and one from Tibet Autonomous Region of China. All of these entry points allow both Visa on Arrival and pre-approved visa for entry, although it is unsure whether the online-applied visa is valid for the land border crossings as no information is available. However, it is valid for the Tribhuvan International Airport.


Nepal only has one international airport, the Tribhuvan International Airport, which is located around 6 kilometers from the center of Kathmandu, the Nepali capital. The airport can handle all the pre-approved visas, Visa on Arrival applications, and the online application submissions, and the processing time for the Visa on Arrival is normally around an hour. See more about the international flights to Kathmandu, Nepal.

Customs Inspection at Kathmandu AirportIt is fast to get your visa and pass through the Customs Inspection at Kathmandu Airport.

Nepal – India border

Lying in eastern Nepal, Kakarbhitta is a popular entry point to Nepal from northeast India and West Bengal or Sikkim States. The entry point to Nepal and Kakarbhitta is from Panitanki in Darjeeling, and it is a 15-hour drive or bus ride to Kathmandu. Regular buses do leave Kakarbhitta daily for the Nepali capital, and it is a good route if you are intending to visit the Chitwan National Nature Reserve.

Raxaul to Birgunj in Nepal is the most popular crossing point from India to the Himalayan nation, and is very convenient for those traveling from Kolkata. Direct trains from Kolkata and many other places run to the railway hub at Raxaul Junction, from where it is a short walk across the border. It is also a short 6-7-hour trip to Kathmandu from Birgunj, and just 8 hours to Pokhara.

Belhia, Bhairahawa
The crossing at Belhia is the westernmost crossing point in Nepal, and is favored by those traveling from Uttarakhand and northwest India. It is also the quickest way to Kathmandu from New Delhi, as well as the most rural route. However, while it is convenient on the Indian side of the border, it is a 15-17-hour drive to get to Kathmandu from the farthest west of Nepal.

Jamunaha, Nepalgunj &Mohana, Dhangadhi
While the last two are open to international travelers as well as Indian nationals, these two border crossings in western Nepal are out of the way and hard to get to. International travelers rarely use them, and even the Indians heading for Nepal prefer to take the border crossing at Belhia than travel to wither Jamunaha or Mohana.

Nepal - Tibet border

Gyirong Port
Gyirong port is the replacement for Zhangmu/Kodari, and is a little further northwest along the Sino-Nepal border. However, this route is easily accessible from China, as there are good paved roads that run all the way from Lhasa to Gyirong Port. The Visa on Arrival service is frequently used here by international travelers ending their Tibet tours with a trip into Nepal. This means that sometimes, the queues for the visas can be quite long.

Get Nepal Visa at Gyirong PortFor the Tibet-Nepal overland trip, you can get the Nepal Visa at the Gyirong Port.

On the Nepali side of the border, there are regular buses that run from Rasuwagadhi Fort, on the Nepali side of the Resuo Bridge, to Kathmandu, which take around 6 hours to make the 120-kilometer trip. However, the roads are not the best, and much of the initial stretch of road from Rasuwagadhi Fort to Bidur are just dirt or gravel roads.

Sonam Tenphel

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