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General Information

Entry Procedures and Visa rules

Tourist Visa

Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple Entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple Entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple Entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Gratis (Free) Visa

  • Gratis Visa for 30 days is available only for South Asian countries citizens like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Srilanka.
  • Indian citizens do not require visa to enter into Nepal.

Visa extension fees

  • You have to pay a minimum amount of US$ 30for a period of 15 days or less as visa extension fee. US$ 2 per day is charged for more than 15 days. You can stay for a maximum of 150 days in a visa year (Jan 1 to Dec 31).
  • For the South Asian citizens, the visa extension rule is same as that of other country's citizens.

( For further information, please, contact Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Impact Building, Kathmandu, Tel: 00977-1-4221996/ 4223590/ 4222453, Web: )
For obtaining visa or for renewal, 1 passport size photo is necessary.

Custom Formalities

On arrival and departure at the entry point, you must get your all baggage declared and cleared through the customs. Personal effects are permitted free entry. Passengers arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) 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. You cannot bring or take goods prohibited by government outside of Nepal.

Foreign currency and credit cards

  • You can make payments in hotels, travel agencies, and airlines in foreign exchange. Keep in mind to keep your Foreign Exchange Encashment Receipt while making foreign exchange payments or transferring foreign currency into Nepalese rupees. It can be needed to change left-over Nepalese Rupees into hard currency before leaving the country. However, only 10 percent of the total amount may be converted by the bank.
  • Major credit cards like Visa card, MasterCard and American Express are accepted in expensive restaurants, hotels and larger shops, but are not widely used in smaller places.
  • Major Banks, hotels and exchange counters at Tribhuvan International Airport provide services for exchanging foreign currency.
  • It is illegal to exchange currency with unauthorized dealers or to import Nepalese or Indian currency (the Nepalese and Indian rupee are index-linked).

Time and business hours

Nepal is 5 hours 45 minutes ahead of GMT.

Business hours within the Valley: Government offices remain open from 10 am to 5 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday and till 3pm on Friday. During the winter, they close at 4 pm. Most Business offices are open from 10 am to 5 pm Sunday through Friday. Embassies and international organizations are open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Most shops open after 10 am and close at about 8 pm and are usually closed on Saturdays.

Business hours outside the Valley: Government offices open from 10 am to 5 pm from Sunday through Thursday. On Fridays they remain open until 3 pm. Banks are open from Sunday through Thursday from 10 am to 3 pm and until 12 pm on Fridays. Business offices are open from 10 am to 5 pm Sunday through Friday.

Holidays: Numerous holidays are observed in Nepal. So you will have to check the holiday calendar. The longest holiday in Nepal is during the Dashain festival in late September or October. Government offices observe all the national holidays and banks observe most of them. Businesses observe major holidays only.

Communication Facilities

Telephone services: The country code for Nepal is 977 and the area code for Kathmandu is 1. You can get the telephone and fax services at the Nepal Telecommunications Corporation at Tripureshwar. Also hotels and private communications centers provide long distance telephone and fax facilities.

Postal Services: The Central Post Office is located at Sundhara, near Dharahara tower. You can get service from 10 am to 5 pm Sunday through Friday. Stamps, postcards and aerogram are provided at the counters open from 10 am to 4 pm Post Restante is available Sunday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm. Express Mail Service (EMS) is available at GPO and at Thamel, Basantapur and airport postal counters.

Internet services: You can get the internet services from the various cyber cafes open in the valley and around the country. Hotels also provide the internet services.

Media: Radio Nepal and Nepal Television are the government networks in Nepal. The media of Nepal has grown enormously in few years time. Many FM stations and regional television stations are established. Gorakhapatra and Kantipur are major Nepali dailies, while the English dailies are The Rising Nepal, The Kathmandu Post and The Himalayan Times. Numerous weekly, monthly and yearly newspapers and magazines are also available.

Electricity: The electricity and the voltage available are 220-volts and 50 cycles. Load-shedding is seasonal during the dry season and eases off once it rains. However major hotels in the country have uninterruptable power supply through generators and inverters.


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