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Nepal Travel Information

Find below Nepal travel information on the following topics. Note that some of the informations may have changed at the time of your traveling. For the latest information, if any, you may check with us before you travel to Nepal.

Nepal  Visa regulations

Nepal VisaA valid passport is required for all tourists except Indian nationals to travel to Nepal. Your passport is supposed to be valid for at least six more months to get a visa. Indians need to carry either a passport or  the election card.

Visa fees:
You will get your Nepal visa at Kathmandu airport  or any other surface entry points upon arrival and the fees are as follows.

  • Multiple entry 15 days visa fee  - US$ 25 (valid for 15 days)
  • For more then 15 days visa - US$ 40
  • Fee exempt for kids below 10 years

Please bring visa fee in USD cash ( exact change ) , they will not accept other currencies and not accept credit cards etc for visa payment. You also require a photograph , better bring one.

The tourist visa can also be obtained from Nepalese Embassies or Consulates abroad. The process is the same for the ‘gratis’ visas. The Kathmandu airport is rather slow . In order to shorten your time in the airport (immigration and custom) fill up all the available forms in the airplane itself. The visa application forms are available in the passport control lounge. They are also distributed in the aircrafts before landing.

Indian nationals do not require visa to enter Nepal.

Nepal entry routes

Entry by surface
Entry points for those entering the country by surface are-
Bhairahawa (Sunauli), Birgunj (Raxaul) & Kararbhitta (Siliguri) from India and Kodari (Zhangmu) if you are entering from  Tibet.
Entry by air

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal is linked by air with Delhi, Kolkata, Varanasi, Banglore, Mumbai, Dhaka, Paro, Karachi, Frankfurt, Paris, Munich, London, Vienna, Amsterdam, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Doha, Moscow, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Osaka, Shanghai & Lhasa.

Airlines flying to Nepal

Nepal Airlines operates Delhi, Bangkok, Hongkong, Malaysia, Dubai, Osaka
Quatar Airways operates several flights per week to Nepal from its hub in Doha.
Gulf air operates several flights to Nepal from its two hubs in the Gulf.
Thai Airways- operates daily flights to Kathmandu from Bangkok.
Orient Thai- Another airlines from Thailand also flies to Kathmandu.
Silk Air- flies Singapore to Kathmandu
Dragon Air and Hongkong Express fly from Hongkong to Kathmandu.
Jet Airways, Jetlite, Indian Airlines and Cosmic air shuttle between Kathmandu and Delhi.
Ethihad of UAE, Air arabia ,PIA , Biman Bangladesh also have their regular operations to Neapl.

Nepal internal flights

All major cities and some of the important trekking trail heads have air connection in Neapl.These include cities like Pokhara , Bhairahawa/Lumbini and Chitwan etc or trailheads like jomsom and Lukla.Buddha air and Yeti air are major domestic carriers, others are Gorkha air, Agni air and Sita air.A number of companies are operating helicopter services as well. Nepal has no trains .People usually travel by buses.There are tourist buses from Kathmandu to tourist hubs like Pokhara and Chitwan. These are express buses that stop on the way only for Lunch.

Airport Tax
There is no departure tax / airport tax on international flights. On domestic flights including the mountain flights, there is an airport tax of Rs 170 ( roughly 2.5 USD ).

Custom and duty
Those  arriving at Kathmandu  airport without any dutiable goods can proceed through the Green channel for quick clearance without a baggage check. Those carrying dutiable articles must pass through the red channel for  customs clearance.  Besides their  personal belongings, passengers are allowed to bring into Nepal  for free - 1 pair of Binoculars, one still camera (with 15 rolls of film), one movie or video camera, a laptop computer, a portable music system, 200 cigarettes or 20 cigars, 1 bottle of liquor and a reasonable amount of perfume.  
It is illegal in Nepal  to export objects over 100 years old (sacred images, paintings, manuscripts) that are valued for their religious and cultural  significance. Tourists are advised not to purchase any item of antique value as they are Nepals cultural heritage.  If you are buying such  articles you should certify from  the Department of Archaeology for all metal statues, sacred paintings & similar objects before carrying  out of the country.  


Nepal is 5 hours 45 minutes ahead of GMT and 15 minutes ahead of Indian standard time.

Local Currency
In Nepal Nepalese Rupee is subdivided into 100 paisa. The denominations of currency notes are available In 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 500, 1000. Similarly, coins are available in 1, 2 and 5 rupees, which are in circulation.]

Banks are open between 09:00 A.M. to 3:00 p.m, Monday to Friday.In Kathmandu and pokhara there are ATM facilities and you can draw your money 365 days and 24 hours.

Official Weekly Holiday

Saturday is the official weekly holiday in Nepal. Shops remain open from Sunday through to Friday, while Museums throughout Kathmandu remain closed on Tuesday and other government holidays.Government offices open from 10 am to 5 pm and till 4 pm only during winter.


All cities and towns in Nepal have electricity .Only a few villages on the trekking route have electricity. Voltage available is 240-220 volts AC & 50 cycles throughout the country. Load shedding is frequently experienced in Nepal , mostly during dry months.

Your Health in Nepal

We recommend you to immunize  against certain illness that are not prevalent in your home country such as Cholera, Typhoid, Malaria, Meningitis, Hepatitis etc; your physician would be best able to advise them on the availability and administration of these inoculations.  

You are advised to drink boiled or filtered water only and not to eat raw salads at ordinary restaurants.However you can consume the same at good hotels and reputed restaurants. We recommend you to use iodine tablets for purifying water at the trek.Make sure you obtain a travel insurance that covers theft, loss & medical treatment .

It is always wise to bring a simple medical kit of your own. The followings are recommended:  

  • Aspirin for pain or fever
  • Antihistamine - useful as a decongestant for colds, allergies, to ease the itch from insect bites
  •  Antibiotics
  • Kaolin preparation (Pepto-Bismol), Imodium or Lomita, for treatment of severe diarrhea.
  • Antiseptic, Mercurochrome & antibiotic powder or similar dry spray - for cuts & stings
  • Bandages & band-aids for minor injuries.
  • Scissors & a thermometer.
  • Insect repellent sun block, sustain lotion, water purification tablets.
  • Paracetamol
  • Antacid tablets  
  • Your regular medicine, vitamins if your are taking any.

We also send our own medical kit on each trek.

Is Nepal safe to travel ?

After signing peace accord with the maoists in Nov, 2006 the conflict has ended in Nepal. Nepal is now preparing for general election to prepare new constitution. As the peace prevailed in the country, number of visitors has crossed a record of half a million on 2007.There is a big increase in tourist arrival from major source countries like USA, Germany, UK, Japan, France,India and many other countries.

An important fact to note is even in those conflict days , no tourists were harmed or injured , neither by the rebels nor by the government forces.No one seems to have a negative attitude for tourists.By nature Nepalese are friendly and hospitable people.In the travel advisories issued by some countries , their citizens are advised not to visit Nepal . This may be the policies of the respective governments but it does not reflect the reality in Nepal. Tourists , now , can enjoy their trip free and unhindered. Our best advice for you would be to keep yourself open for facts, listen what the recent travellers say and get informed with the news from Nepal .

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