Visa & customs regulation

Visa On Arrival

Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport in Nepal. Immigration Office, TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) under the Department of Immigration has been facilitating tourists flying to Nepal by providing visas on Arrival. Likewise, other Entry and Exit points established at the border regions also provide ' On Arrival Visa' to foreign nationals hoping enter to Nepal via land.

The 'On Arrival' visa procedure is very quick and simple. You can expect some queues during peak Tourist season. If you wish to skip those queues, you can also consider getting Visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed abroad prior to your arrival. The choice is yours.

If you have obtained a visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions, then you must enter Nepal within six months from the visa-issued date. Your total stay is counted starting from the day you enter Nepal.

ON Arrival Visas are 'Tourist Visas'.  They bear multiple Re entry facilities. Tourist Visa 'On Arrival' is the only entry visa to Nepal. If you are visiting Nepal for purposes other than Tourism (sightseeing, tour, travel, mountaineering, trekking, visiting friends and families), you should still get a ' Tourist Visa' to get into the country.  However, you must change the category of visa as per your purpose and length of stay in Nepal from the Department of Immigration by producing the required documents.

Nationals of designated countries are requested to acquire visas prior to their arrival from their nearby Diplomatic missions (Embassies/consulates) of the Nepal Government.  Check the link to make sure your eligibility for visa 'On Arrival'.

Once you arrive at the airport, please follow these simple procedures for Tourist Visa on Arrival.

  • 1st Step
    • Fill in ' Arrival Card '
    • Fill in the Online ‘Tourist Visa ‘form ( you can fill it up prior to your arrival by visiting the official website of the Department of Immigration / fill it up using Kiosk machines upon your arrival at the airport). If you fill it out from the website, you will get a submission Receipt with a barcode, please print it out and bring it along for acquiring a visa. It works for fifteen days and becomes invalid then after. If so, you will have to fill it up again.
  • 2nd Step
    • Make payment at the bank according to your visa requirement ( 15/30/90 Days)
    • Get the receipt

While you can use different modes of payment (at the visa fees collection counter), we advise you to carry some cash to be on the safe side.

On-Arrival Visa Fee

15 Days – 30 USD

30 Days – 50 USD

90 Days – 125 USD

  • 3rd Step
    • Proceed to the Immigration Desk with your online form, payment receipts, and your passport
    • Hand in your documents to the immigration officer for visa processing. He/she issues a visa to you upon his/her satisfaction.

Gratis Visa (Visa for Free)

Gratis Visa is issued free of cost in the case of the following categories of Visa applicants:

  • Children below 10 years
  • Up to 30 days for SAARC Citizens (except Afghanistan) once in a given visa Year. Afghan citizens are eligible for Visa on Arrival only upon the recommendation of the Department of Immigration. If you are an Afghan citizen, you can request the concerned institution invite you to Nepal for the necessary paperwork with the Department of Immigration to get you a Gratis Visa 'On Arrival.
  • Non-Residential Nepalese(NRN) card holder ( issued by MoFA /Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad)
  • Chinese Nationals

Officials from China, Brazil, Russia, and Thailand do not need Entry Visas based on the reciprocal visa waiver Agreement

Visas of all kinds including ‘Gratis’ issued at the Airport are Tourist Visas. Contact the Department of Immigration for extending your visa or changing the category of your visa. Tourist Visa extension can be done from Immigration Office, Pokhara too. Non-tourist visa extension can be done only at the Department of Immigration (if eligible) for a period of a maximum of one year (except for a business visa).
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