VISA REQUIREMENTS

  • A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background.
  • 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 fees

The following visa fees have come into effect from 17 July 2019 (as per the Nepal Government’s decision made on 26 May 2019. Source: http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/post/notice-regarding-visa-fee-updates):

VISA FEE DETAILS

Tourist Visa

Tourist Visa Fee Details Previous Visa Fee Changed Visa Fee that has been in effect from 17 July 2019
15 Days (Multiple Entry) USD 25 USD 30
30 Days (Multiple Entry) USD 40 USD 50
90 Days (Multiple Entry) USD 100 USD 125
Visa Extension (Within Valid Visa Period) USD 2 per day USD 3 per day
Visa Extension (With Multiple Entry) Additional USD 20 Additional USD 25
Visa Extension (After Visa Expiration) Late fee USD 3 per day Late fee USD 5 per day

Study Visa

Study Visa Fee Details Previous Visa Fee Changed Visa Fee that came into effect from 17 July 2019
New Visa or Visa Extension for students and their dependants (Degree Program) USD 20 per Month USD 30 per Month
New Visa or Visa Extension for students and their dependants (Non-Degree Program) USD 50 per Month USD 75 per Month
Bhutanese students and their dependants USD 10 per Month USD 15 per Month
Dependants of the students receiving waiver on visa fee as per MoU between Universities USD 10 per Month USD 15 per Month
Foreigners and their dependants for teaching and research purpose USD 40 per Month USD 50 per Month

Non-Tourist Visa

Non-Tourist Visa Fee Details Previous Visa Fee Changed Visa Fee that came into effect from 17 July 2019
Foreigners with Nepalese Origin USD 5 per Month USD 10 per Month
Journalists and their dependants USD 10 per Month USD 15 per Month
Foreigners working in offices or project directly affiliated with GoN and their dependants USD 20 per Month USD 30 per Month
Foreigner married to a Nepali Citizen USD 10 per Month USD 15 per Month
Relatives of foreigners having marital relations with Nepali Citizens USD 15 per Month USD 25 per Month
Foreigners and their dependants working in organizations having contract between donor country and the Nepal Government and funded by the donor country USD 30 per Month USD 50 per Month
Other foreigners working in Nepal USD 60 per Month USD 75 per Month

Business Visa

Business Visa Fee Details Previous Visa Fee Changed Visa Fee that came into effect from 17 July 2019
Foreigner and their dependants having an investment more than NRs 100 million (Multiple Entry Visa for duration less than a year) USD 10 per Month USD 20 per Month
Foreigner and their dependants having an investment more than NRs 100 million (Multiple Entry Visa for a year) USD 100 per Year USD 200 per Year
Foreigner and their dependants having an investment more than NRs 100 million (Multiple Entry Visa for five years) USD 300 USD 500
Foreigner and their dependants having an investment equal to or less than NRs 100 million (Multiple Entry Visa for duration less than a year) USD 30 per Month USD 35 per Month
Foreigner and their dependants having an investment equal to or less than NRs 100 million (Multiple Entry Visa for a year) USD 300 per Year USD 400 per Year

Residential Visa

Residential Visa Fee Details Previous Visa Fee Changed Visa Fee that came into effect from 17 July 2019
New Visa with Multiple Entry facility USD 200 USD 500
Visa Renewal with Multiple Entry facility USD 100 per Year USD 200 per Year

Gratis (Free) Visa

  • For a 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 a visa to enter Nepal.

Nepal Visa for Indian Nationals

Indian nationals do not require a visa to enter Nepal. As per the Nepalese Immigration, Indian Nationals traveling to Nepal by air must possess any one of the following documents.

  1. Passport
  2. Election Commission Card

Nepal Visa for Chinese Nationals

As per official circular of the Embassy of Nepal in Beijing, China, Chinese nationals applying for tourist visa to Nepal are being provided “gratis tourist visa” from 5th Jan 2016, from following Nepali missions in the People’s Republic of China:

  1. Embassy of Nepal, Beijing
  2. Consulate General of Nepal, Lhasa
  3. Consulate General of Nepal, Hong Kong
  4. Honorary Consulate of Nepal, Shanghai

Other Visa 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.

Visa Extension for Nepal

Tourists can stay for a maximum of 150 days in a visa year (Jan 1 to Dec 31).

Learn more about applying for Nepal visa online by clicking here Online Visa Application for Nepal.

For further visa information for Nepal, please contact: Department of Immigration Kalikasthan, Kathmandu
Tel: +977 1 4429660, +977 1 4438862, +977 1 4438868, +977 1 4433934
E-mail: mail@nepalimmigration.gov.npdg@nepalimmigration.gov.np
Website: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np

source: https://www.welcomenepal.com/plan-your-trip/visa-nepal-information.html

When is the best time to visit Nepal?

Text source from selectiveasia.com

Nepal’s annual monsoon takes place between June and August. Fat rain clouds bubble up over the sea south of India and sweep across the country where they collide with the cooler air of the Himalayas, dropping their rain in torrential fashion. Most parts of the country experience sudden sharp downpours, although some mountainous areas remain pretty dry year-round, sheltered from the rain by the mighty Himalayas. The Upper Mustang region and sections of the Annapurna circuit, in particular Jomsom, in the rain shadow gets just 30mm of rain mid-monsoon in August, while Pokhara is drenched in 850mm. Even in peak monsoon season it rarely rains for long periods, and more intrepid visitors will enjoy having the cultural sights and drier trekking trails almost to themselves.

Weather overview

Seasons in Nepal can be divided roughly into four seasons, although (as with weather conditions worldwide) these seasons are increasingly blurred. From the lowlands close to the Indian border to the 8,850m peak of Mount Everest, Nepal’s climate is hugely altitude dependent. The landscape divides into three quite distinct zones. The Terai zone, located in the south, runs along the border with India, with some areas virtually at sea level. A belt of often humid, jungle and farmland, the temperature in the Terai, for example in Janakpur, can often hit 35°C. It’s home to two of the country’s most impressive national parks, Chitwan and Bardia, both of which are home to the rare One-Horned Rhino, and iridescently colourful birdlife.

The country’s heartland – Pahar – is a wide stretch of rolling foothills and valleys, where villages perch on the hilltops and bright green paddy fields step down the contours. The Kathmandu Valley is located within this area. Crammed with spectacular ancient cities and villages trapped in time, it’s a treasure trove of cultural delights, buzzing markets and streets packed with colour and noise. Temperatures here tend to be pleasantly warm year-round, perfect for exploring, though you’ll need a fleece in the evenings and early mornings during winter months.

At the northern reach of the country, bordering Tibet and rising to exceptionally high altitude, there’s the Himalaya mountain range. It’s a wildly beautiful panorama of jagged snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes and flower-strewn valleys. No matter where you are in Nepal, on a clear day those lofty peaks loom above everything. In this region, places like Namche Bazaar, which sits at an altitude of 3,450m, experience temperatures of -7°C at night.

Winter

Winter occurs from late November to February and is typically rain-free and clear. High altitude areas above 3,000 metres will be snowy and very cold indeed with night time temperatures of -10°C not uncommon. Whilst you won’t want to venture towards Everest Base Camp, lower altitude treks are quite feasible at this time of year if you come properly prepared for the chill. Even in the Kathmandu valley and the flat plains it gets cold at night with temperatures hovering around 3°C so you should pack a warm fleece for the evenings. Winter is low season for tourists and a great time of year to visit places like Pokhara and the national parks on the plains.

Spring

From March onwards spring makes its appearance, the temperatures climb and the flowers on the hillsides burst into bloom. You’ll see vast swathes of pink and red rhododendrons in particular. Spring is a popular time of year to visit Nepal. Long grasses in the national parks have been cut back so visibility for rhino spotting is excellent; trekking conditions are perfect, with daylight hours lasting longer into the evening, and so tea houses and treks at higher altitude open up again. The only downside is the haze that often swathes the peaks at this time of year.

Summer

Summer brings the monsoon months of June, July and August with the rains really hitting their peak during August. Flash floods are not uncommon, washing away roads and making some journeys problematic. Internal flights are often disrupted by low-level cloud. It rains daily, though often only for a couple of hours and usually overnight, leaving mornings fresh and bright at first. If you come prepared (pack wet weather gear), and rise early to make the most of the mornings, then a visit to Nepal during summer still has much to offer, especially for cultural pursuits. Daytime temperatures are a warm but not unpleasant 27°C. Trekking isn’t totally off the agenda, with certain areas of the mountains tucked in the Himalayan rain shadow. If you venture to Manag, Mustang or Dolpo you’ll have many trails to yourself.

Autumn

By mid-September the rains have abated and autumn is well on the way. Visibility at this time of year is exceptional as the smog and haze have been washed away by the monsoon. It’s the most popular time of year to visit Nepal with conditions ideal for trekking, wildlife viewing and cultural exploration alike. October and November are particularly good months if you want to see Nepalese culture at its most vibrant as two of the most important festivals – Dasain and Tihar – are celebrated at this time. Expect street parades, decorated houses and temples, dancing and singing long into the night.