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Access to Nepal

By air

The national flag carrier Nepal Airlines has direct flights to and from Delhi, Mumbai, Dubai, Doha, Bangkok, Hongkong and Kuala Lumpur. Air Arabia (Sharjah), Air China (Lhasa, Chengdu), ArkeFly(Amsterdam ), Bahrain Air (Bahrain ), Biman Bangladesh (Dhaka), China Southern Airlines (Guanzhou), China Eastern (Kunming), Dragon Air (Hong Kong), Druk Air (Delhi, Paro), Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi), GMG Airlines (Dhaka), Gulf Air (Bahrain, Muscat), Indian Airlines (Delhi, Calcutta, Varanasi), Jet Airways (Delhi, Mumbai), Jet Lite (Delhi), Korean Air (Seoul), Pakistan International Airlines (Karachi), Qatar Airways (Doha), Silk Air (Singapore) and Thai Airways (Bangkok) are other international airlines operating.

Airfares should be paid in foreign currency by foreign nationals and it may fluctuate with the changes in exchange rates. Only Nepalese and Indian nationals are permitted to pay in rupees for air passage between Nepal and India. Departure flight tickets should be reconfirmed three days in advance to avoid inconveniences by possible flight cancellation or changes in the flight schedule. Overweight luggage charges are levied in foreign exchange.

All baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs on arrival at the port of 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.

Apart from used personal belongings, 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). You can also bring in the following articles free of duty on condition that you take them out with you when you leave: binoculars, movie or video camera, still camera, laptop computer, and portable music system.

It is illegal to export objects over 100 years old (sacred images, paintings, manuscripts) that are valued for culture and religious reasons. Visitors are advised not to purchase such items as they are Nepal's cultural heritage and belong here. The Department of Archaeology (tel: 4213701, 4213702) at Ramshah Path near Singha Durbar has to certify all metal statues, sacred paintings and similar objects before they are allowed to be sent or carried out of the country. Handicraft dealers and travel agents are able to assist you in this process.

For more information on customs matters, contact the Chief Customs Administrator, TIA Customs Office; tel: 4470110, 4472266.

By land

Only designated entry points should be used by all visitors to enter Nepal. The entry points are:

  1. Kakarbhitta
  2. Birgunj
  3. Belhiya, Bhairahawa
  4. Nepalgunj
  5. Dhangadi
  6. Mahendra Nagar
  7. Kodari, Nepal-China border

The overland tourists entering the country with their vehicles must possess an international carnet or complete customs formalities.

Getting Around

Domestic Air Service: There is an extensive network of air services in the interior of Nepal. Nepal Airlines (NA) has scheduled connection flights from Kathmandu to Taplejung, Bhadrapur, Rajbiraj, Bhojpur, Phaplu, Lukla, Lamidanda, Tunmlingtar, Rumjatar, Biratnagar Simara, Janakpur, Ramechhap, Bharatpur, Meghauli ,Pokhara, Jomsom, Manang, Baglung. Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj Chaurjhahari, Surkhet, Dang, Dolpa, Jumla, Bajura, Baitadi, Dipayal, Darchula, Mahendranagar, Dhangadi, Tikapur and Sanfebagar. Besides Nepal Airlines, there are other domestic airlines such as Buddha Air, Sita Air Yeti Airways and Agni Air providing regular and charter services to popular domestic destinations.

Metered Taxi: You can easily get a taxi recognized by the taxi sign and black number plates. There is also an arrangement of a Night Taxi Service operated by major hotels. You can also rent a private car through a travel agent or a car rental company.

Bus Services: Many buses, minibuses and microbuses are available at Ratna Park (old Bus Park) that operates to various destinations in the valley. Also safa tempos running on electric power (battery) are available in Kathmandu. Long distance day or night bus services are available from Kathmandu to all cities of Nepal.  Special tourist bus services to a limited number of destinations like Pokhara and Chitwan are also accessible.

Hired Mountain Bike / Ordinary Bicycle: You can hire Mountain bikes and ordinary bicycles cheaply which is one of the best forms of transportation for economy tourists. You can hire them at Thamel, Rani Pokhari and Jhochhen.

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