& Visa Rules
Gratis visa for all tourists who
visit Nepal for 3 days or less.
Gratis visa for tourists of SAARC
countries and People's Republic of China.
- Single entry - US$ 30 days for
- Multiple entry - US$ 50 + US$
Visa will be extended
subsequently for 30 days each upon payment of
US$ 30 for a maximum period of 150 days in a visa
year (Jan-Dec). Visa can be obtained either on
arrival in Nepal or from Nepalese Embassy or Consulate
or other Mission offices abroad. Two passport
size photographs required. Indians do not require
visa to visit Nepal. However, they require to
be in possession of any one of the following documents
while travelling between the two countries.
- Valid Cational Passport
- Photo identity card issued by
the government of India/any State Government
or Union Territory/Administration in India/Identity
Cards issued by the Election Commission of India.
(Except Tatkal Identity Cards issued by the
Ministry of Railways).
- Children between 10-18 years
age group are allowed to travel by air on the
strength of a passport or photo identity card
issued by the Principal of their school or college.
- Emergency Certificate issued
by Embassy of India, Kathmandu to Indian nationals
in case of emergent conditions.
- Children up to the age of 10
years will not require the above-mentioned documents
for travelling between India and Nepal, by air.
For further information please refer:
Dept. of Immigration, Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu
Tel: 00-977-1-4223681/4470650 Website: http://www.immi.gov.np
All baggage must be declared and cleared through
the customs on arrival at the entry. 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
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: binocular, movie or video
camera, still camera, laptop computer, and portable
The export of antiques require 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 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, contact the Chief Customs
Administrator, TIA Customs Office (Phone: 4470110,
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 widely 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 Nepalese rupees. The receipts may
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. ATM is widely in use
Major banks, hotels,
and the exchange counters at Tribhuvan 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.
Nepalese Rupees are found in denominations of
1000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. Coins
are found in denominations of 10, 25 and 50 paisa.
One rupee equals 100 paisa.
TIME & BUSINESS HOURS
Nepal is five hours 45 minutes ahead
Business hours within
the Valley: Government offices are open from 9
am to 5 p.m. from Monday through Friday in the
Kathmandu Valley. Outside the Kathmandu Valley
it opens on Sunday also. Banks are open from Sunday
through Friday from 10 am to 3.30 pm. open until
12 pm only on Friday. Most Business offices are
open from 10 am to 5 p.m. 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 vValley: Government offices outside Kathmandu
valley open from 10 am to 5 p.m. 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. On Fridays, banks remain open
until 12 pm only. 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.
observes numerous holidays, at the least a couple
in a month. So please check the holiday calendar.
Government offices observe all the national holidays
and banks observe most of them. Businesses observe
major holidays only.
The Central Post Office located near Dharahara
Tower, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through
Friday. The counters are open from 7 a.m. to 4
p.m. and provide stamps, postcards and aerograms.
Post Restante is available Monday through Friday
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Express Mail Service (EMS)
is available at GPO and at Thamel, Basantapur
and airport postal counters.
Services: Telephone, fax, telex and telegraph
services are available at the Nepal Telecommunications
Corporation at Tripureshwar. Hotels and private
communications centers provide long distance telephone.
For calling from outside, country code for Nepal
is 977 and the area code for Kathmandu is 1.
Services: Several Internet cafes and
communication centers have opened up in the Valley
and around the country in the past few years.
Visitors only have to find a place they are most
comfortable in to use the facilities to keep in
touch with home. E-mail and Internet services
are also offered by hotels.
Nepali media has sped light years ahead in just
a few years time and what used to be a controlled
and tight knit community, is so no more. The government
audio and television news networks are Radio Nepal
and Nepal Television respectively. However, numerous
FM radio stations and upcoming regional television
stations are dominating the market. Major Nepali
daily newspapers are Gorkhapatra and Kantipur,
while the English dailies are The Rising Nepal,
The Kathmandu Post and The Himalayan. A number
of other newspapers and magazines are also available.
Major towns have electricity and the voltage available
is 220-volts and 50 cycles. Load shedding is sometimes
experienced. However, most major hotels have installed
their own generators.
SOME DOS AND DON'TS
- The form of greeting in
Nepal is "NAMASTE" and is performed
by joining the palms together.
- Before entering a Nepalese
home, temple, and stupa remember to remove your
- Be careful not to use your
spoon, fork or a hand being used for your eating
to touch other's food, plate, cooking utensil
or the serving dish. Do not eat from other people's
plate and do not drink from other people's bottle
or glass. It is considered impure by the Nepalese.
- Never touch anything with
your feet. This is considered an offence among
- While travelling dress
appropriately. Women should specially avoid
dressing in skimpy outfits.
- Seek permission first before
entering a Hindu temple. Many Hindu temples
do not allow westerners or non-Hindus to enter.
- Leather articles are prohibited
to be taken inside the temple precinct.
- Walking around temples
or stupas is traditionally done clockwise.
- Take photographs only after
receiving permission for the object or person
- Public displays of affection
between man and woman are frowned upon. Do not
do something that is totally alien to our environment.
- Develop a genuine interest
to meet and talk to Nepalese people and respect
their local customs.