This page provides useful travel information for visitors to Nepal. Topics covered are:
- Nepal Visa Information
- Customs Formalities
- Foreign Currency and Credit Cards
- Nepal Business Hours and Holidays
- Electricity in Nepal
Nepal Visa Information
Visa can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on Nepal-India border and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. Visa can also be obtained (renewal purposes) at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Immigration Department has not specified the size of the passport-size photo.
Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency:Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen.Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.
a. 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
b.Gratis (Free) Visa
- For first visit in one visa year (January to December), gratis visa for 30 days is available only for nationals of South Asian countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, visa can be extended from the Immigration Department on payment of visa fee as specified above.
- Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal.
c. For Indian National
Indian nationals do not require visa to enter Nepal.
As per the Nepalese Immigration, Indian Nationals Traveling to Nepal must posses any One of the following documents.
- Driving License with photo
- Photo Identity card issued by a Government Agency
- Ration Card with Photo
- Election Commission Card with Photo
- Identity Card issued by Embassy of India in Kathmandu
- Identity Card with Photo issued by Sub- Divisional Magistrate or any other officials above his rank
Also, please check with your nearest travel agents for documents required by the Indian Immigration for Indians traveling to Nepal.
d. Other Information
Nationals from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan will need to obtain visa from Nepal Embassies or Diplomatic Missions in their respective countries, as they do not get visa on arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal.
e. Visa Extension
Tourists can stay for a maximum of 150 days in a visa year (Jan 1 to Dec 31).
For further information, please contact:
Department of Immigration
Tel: 00977-1- 4429660 / 4438862 / 4438868/ 4433934
Web site: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np
All baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs on arrival at the entry point. 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.
Apart from used personal belongings, visitors are allowed to bring to Nepal free of duty: cigarettes (200 sticks) or cigars (50 sticks), 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.
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, such as 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.
For more information on customs matters,
Please Click on http://www.customs.gov.np
(official Web site of the Department of Customs)
or Please Contact the Chief Customs Administrator, TIA Customs Office at 4470110, 4472266.)
Foreign Currency and Credit Cards
Payment in hotels, travel agencies, and airlines are made in foreign exchange. Credit cards like American Express, Master and Visa are accepted at major hotels, shops, and restaurants. Remember to keep your foreign exchange encashment receipt while making foreign exchange payments or transferring foreign currency into Nepali rupees. The receipts may be needed to change left-over Nepali currency into hard currency before leaving the country. However, only 10 percent of the total amount may be converted by the bank. ATM is widely in use in Kathmandu.
Major banks, hotels and exchange counters at Tribhuvan International Airport provide services for exchanging foreign currency.Exchange rates are published in English dailies such as The Rising Nepal, The Kathmandu Post and The Himalayan Times. Nepali currency notes are found in denominations of Rupees 1000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. Coins are found in denominations of Rupees 5, 2 and 1. One rupee equals 100 paisa.
Nepal Business Hours and Holidays
Business hours within the Valley:
Government offices are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday in summer and from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. in winter. On Fridays Government offices open from10 a.m. to 3p.m. Most business offices including travel, trekking and tour agencies are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday. Embassies and international organizations are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Most shops open after 10 a.m. and close at about 8 p.m. and are usually closed on Saturdays.
Business hours outside the Valley:
Government offices are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday in summer and from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. in winter. On Fridays Government offices open from10 a.m. to 3p.m. Banks are open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. On Fridays, banks remain open until 12 p.m. only. Business offices are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday. Recently many private banks have re-organized to have different branches open at various different times making banking hours longer. If one branch is closed another will be open.
Holidays:Nepal observes numerous holidays most of which have cultural or religious significance. Visitors wishing to partake in the holidays or observe local festivals should contact our Kathmandu office and inquire about up-coming festivals that may fit within your intended travel itinerary. The longest holiday in Nepal is during the Dashain festival in late September or October. Government offices and banks observe most of the national holidays. Private business offices observe major holidays only. The following is a list of public holidays in Nepal during 2015.
- Basant Panchami is on Saturday, January 24, 2015
- Martyrs’ Day is on Friday, January 30, 2015
- Maha Shivaratri is on Tuesday, February 17, 2015
- Rashtriya Prajatantra Divas (National Democracy Day) is on Wednesday, February 18, 2015
- Holi is on Friday, March 6, 2015
- International Women’s Day in Nepal is on Sunday, March 08, 2015
- Ram Navami (Birthday of Lord Rama) is on Saturday, March 28, 2015
- Nepali New Year’s Day – Bisket Jatra is on Tuesday, April 14, 2015
- Buddha Jayanti (Buddha’s Birthday) is on Monday, June 1, 2015
- Janai Purnima & Gosainkunda festival is on Saturday, 29 August, 2015
- Haritalika Teej – Festival of Woman is on Tuesday, 16 September, 2015
- Ghatasthapana is on Tuesday, October 13, 2015
- Fulpati Saptami is on Tuesday, October 20, 2015
- Maha Ashtami is on Wednesday, October 21, 2015
- Maha Nawami is on Thursday, October 22, 2015
- Bijaya Dashami is on Friday, October 23, 2015
- Constitution Day Nepal is on Monday, November 09, 2015
- Dipawali & Laxmi Puja – Festival of Lights is on Wednesday 11, November, 2015
- Goru Puja is on Thurday 12, November, 2015
- Bhaitika – Festival of Brother is on Friday 13, November, 2015
Electricity in Nepal
The electricity voltage and frequency in Nepal are the same as in the UK, 230 V, 50 Hz.
A range of power sockets formats are used in Nepal. The most commonly encountered socket and plug designs are Type C, D and M. You may need to obtain a power socket adaptor that will accommodate one or more of these formats. Most hotels can provide adaptors and adaptors are readily available in Kathmandu and larger towns, such as Pokhara, that are frequented by overseas visitors.
Most electrical power in Nepal is produced by small scale hydro-power stations. The capacity of these systems is limited and demand for power is high and growing annually. As a result, power is generally not available 24/7 in Nepal. Load shedding timetables are imposed on Kathmandu and regional Nepal. While some hotels provide power from small capacity generators, you can expect to encounter set times each day when power is either limited or not available at all. Hotels can give you the daily load shedding timetable so that you can plan your usage of electrical goods.