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Want To Know More About Immigration Nepal? Here Are Information, Facts, Tips, Steps & Guides About Immigration

All about Immigration Nepal:- The Department of Immigration (DOI) is the main authority to execute and implement the immigration laws of Nepal.

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The department of immigration is assigned the responsibility of monitoring, controlling and regulating the entry, exit and stay of foreign citizens in Nepal as it is established under the ministry of the home aafairs (Government of Nepal).

In addition, it is required to manage the entry and exit (arrival and departure) of Nepalese citizens from and to Nepal.

The Immigration Department is guided by the legal framework established by the Immigration Act of 2049; Immigration Regulation, 2051 and Immigration Procedure, 2065 and, therefore, have the functions of Visa issuance, Trekking Permit, detention and investigation on violations or brenching of the country’s immigration laws and the filing of lawsuits in court.

These functions are administered through the DOI office (Kathmandu) and ten entries and exit points, including the immigration office, TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport).

Tourist visas on arrival is issued by the immigration offices at the entry and exit points, except the immigration office, Pokhara. The immigration office, Pokhara extends the Tourist Visa and issues trekking permits for restricted areas unlike other entry and exit points.

The extension of the tourist visa can be done from the Immigration Department, Kathmandu. The non-tourist visa is issued and extended only from the DOI office, Kathmandu.

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The Immigration Department is working in close coordination with other stakeholders for safer migration and tourism promotion. Department have been promoting tourism through the tourist visa “on arrival” at TIA, the only international airport in Nepal, where officials work 24 hours a day.


Types of Visa in Nepal

Diplomatic Visa;

  • Except in cases where the government of Nepal has issued a special order, the diplomatic visa will be granted to a person who has a diplomatic passport issued from any country and recommended by the foreign diplomatic mission for the diplomatic visa, to a person who is considered eligible to be granted diplomatic privileges by the government of Nepal and family members of the person’s holding the diplomatic passport.
  • The diplomatic visa will be issued based on reciprocity; the term may be extended at a time or from time to time by the end of the assignment in Nepal.
  • The application for the diplomatic visa must be made in the format mentioned in Appendix 1. Whenever, however, the submission of the application mentioned in Appendix 1 is not required if the request or recommendation, accompanied by the details, is made by a foreign diplomatic mission or an authorized body therefore.

According to the immigration law,

Except in the case that the Government of Nepal has issued a special order, the diplomatic visa will be issued to a person who has a diplomatic passport issued by any country and who is recommended by the foreign diplomatic mission for the diplomatic visa, to a person that the Government of Nepal considers adequate for diplomatic privileges, and a member of the family of such diplomatic passport holder.

The diplomatic visa will be issued based on reciprocity and its term may be extended, at one time or several times, for the period of assignment in Nepal.

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An application for the diplomatic visa must be submitted, in the format mentioned in schedule-1.

Provided that an application referred to in schedule 1 is not required if a request or recommendation, accompanied by the details, is made by a foreign diplomatic mission or an authorized body for that purpose.

Official visa;

The person who is on an official visit to Nepal is eligible for the visa. The family members (spouse and children) of the person is also eligible for the visa. It is issued and may be extended at a time or several times to the duration of the official visit in Nepal.

Issuing Authority: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Government of Nepal and the Immigration Officer at the Port of Entry are authorized to issue the Visa.

An application process: the online application for the visa must be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or to the Immigration Officer at the Port of Entry. The recommendation of the Government concerned of GON or of the Diplomatic Mission should be sent together with the request.

According to the immigration law,

The official visa shall be provided to person to whom the Government of Nepal considers as appropriate and their family members and, on the recommendation of the foreign diplomatic mission concerned, to the following foreigners and their families:

(a) The residential or non-residential diplomatic mission served by the administrative, technical and non-diplomatic personnel, the consulate of Nepal and the honorary consul general, consuls and their family members who visit Nepal from foreign countries;

(b) Consultant expert who stays in Nepal under agreement concluded with the Government of Nepal;

(c) Employees who provide services in the United Nations offices in Nepal or in dependent agencies of the United Nations and persons who have the laissez-passez issued by the United Nations;

(d) Employees who provide services in international institutions or regional organizations located in Nepal;

People attending any assembly, conference, training or meeting organized by the Government of Nepal or an agency that is owned by the Government of Nepal, the United Nations Organization or a regional organization or other agencies thereunder.

An application for the official visa must be submitted, in the format mentioned in Annex-1.

Provided that an application referred to in Schedule-1 is not required if a request or recommendation, accompanied by the details, is made by a foreign diplomatic mission or an authorized body for that purpose.

Tourist Visa;

The Immigration Office, TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) under the Immigration Department has been facilitating tourists who fly to Nepal by providing Visa upon arrival.

The visa procedure ‘Upon arrival’ is very quick and simple. You can expect some queues during the high tourist season. If you wish to omit those queues, you may also consider obtaining a Visa from the Nepalese Diplomatic Missions located abroad before your arrival. The choice is yours.

According to the immigration law,

1). A tourist visa will be granted to a foreign tourist visiting Nepal.

(2) A tourist visa will be granted for a maximum period of One hundred and fifty days in a  visa year.

(3) A tourist who has left before the expiration of the period specified in the visa granted in a visa year will not be allowed to use the visa by adding the remaining period to another visa year.

(4) If a foreigner who enters Nepal at the end of a one-year visa and desires to pass even the period during which he or she may remain in Nepal with the tourist visa in the next visa year, he / she may use such facility. As, the calculation of the rates for said period is made based on the total period of your stay.

If you have obtained the visa of the Diplomatic Missions of Nepal, you must enter Nepal within six months after the date of issuance of the visa. Your total stay is counted from the day you enter into Nepal.

The visas obtained upon arrival at the entry, and exit points are “Tourist Visas.” They have multiple re-entry facilities . The only entry visa to Nepal is the tourist visa “on arrival”.

You should get a ‘Tourist Visa’ to enter the country if you are visiting Nepal for other purposes than tourism ( sightseeing, trekking, mountaineering, hiking, visits to friends and family). However, you must change the visa category according to your purpose and the length of stay in Nepal of the Immigration Department when presenting the required documents.


procedures for the tourist visa

Nationals of the designated countries are requested to acquire a Visa before their arrival from their nearby diplomatic missions (Embassies / consulates) of the Government of Nepal. Follow these simple procedures for the tourist visa when arriving at the airport (TIA) if you have not obtained the visa before boarding the plane.

1st step

Fill in the ‘Arrival Card’

Fill out the ‘Tourist Visa’ form online (you can fill it out before your arrival by visiting the official website of the Immigration Department / fill it out using kiosk machines upon arrival at the airport).

If you fill it from the website, you will receive the submission receipt with the barcode, print it and bring it to obtain the visa. It works for fifteen days, and then it becomes invalid. If so, you will have to fill in again.

2nd step

Make the payment in the bank according to the requirement of your visa (15/30/90 days)

Get the receipt

While you can use different payment methods (at the check-in desk for visa fees), we recommend that you bring some cash to be safe.

Arrival Visa Fee; 15 days – 25 USD, 30 days – USD 40, 90 Days – 100 USD

3rd step;

Go to the immigration office with your online form, payment receipts and your passport.

Deliver your documents to the immigration officer for visa processing. He / she issues the visa to you upon his/her satisfaction.

Free Visa (Free Visa)

The free Visa is issued free of charge in the case of the following categories of Visa applicants:

Children under 10 years old.

Up to 30 days for citizens of SAARC (except Afghanistan) who visit Nepal for the first time in a given visa year. Afghan citizens are eligible for the free visa upon arrival only on the recommendation of the Immigration Department.

If you are an Afghan citizen, you can request that the interested institution invite you to Nepal to carry out the necessary paperwork with the Immigration Department to obtain the Free Visa ‘On arrival’.

Holder of the Nepalese non-residential card (NRN) (issued by MoFA / Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad)

Chinese nationals

Officials from China, Brazil, Russia and Thailand do not need an entry visa based on the reciprocal visa waiver agreement

Visas of all types, including “Free” issued at the Airport, are Tourist Visas. Contact the Immigration Department to extend your visa or change the category of your visa.

The extension of the tourist visa can be done from the Immigration Office, Pokhara as well. The extension of the non-tourist visa can be done only in the Immigration Department (if eligible) for a maximum period of one year (except business visa).

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Study visa;

The study visa is granted to foreign students who are studying academic / non-academic and research in Nepal. It is issued by the Immigration Department on the recommendation of the line agency (Ministry of Education).

It is also issued to teachers / professors who participate in academic  work (teaching) in Nepal following the recommendations from the concerned government agencies of Nepal. It is issued for a maximum of one year according to the recommendation or the duration of the study.

According to the immigration law,

The study visa will be granted to foreigners and their family members, who, after having obtained the approval of the Government of Nepal, come to study, teach or perform research work in any educational institution in Nepal.

Except, the foreigners who come to Nepal for studies or research works under scholarship awarded by the Government of Nepal or by a program approved by the Government of Nepal or by agreement between two universities or foreigners who come to perform a study from member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation or of foreigners who come to study up to secondary level, the study visa will be granted to other foreigners who come to Nepal for studies and research by their own will, only on the submission of either a document indicating the authentic source that they can make annual expenses of a minimum of three thousand US dollars or the equivalent Nepalese currency at a time or in monthly installment during their stay in Nepal and, in the case of members of his families, that they can make annual expenses of a minimum of two thousand US dollars or the equivalent in Nepalese currency thereto or a  a foreign currency exchange certificate equivalent thereto or a document indicating the balance of the Nepali currency equivalent with a local bank.

The study visa will be granted for one year at a time. If the study visa has to be granted for a period in excess of it, its term may be extended taking into consideration of the study and the progress report of that person’s research, his or her activities and other necessary matters.

Whenever, in the case of a person carrying out an research or a study, such extension of the term is only up to the period of research or the degree of studies under study.

Notwithstanding anything contained in Rule (3), in the case of those who pursue studies on technical subjects, the study visa can be granted once for a period of up to the education period in the subject concerned.

The recommendation of the concerned ministry must be submitted for the study visa. Necessary documents

Necessary documents for study visa

Recommendation letter from the Ministry of Education.

Admission receipt from the university / college (original)Bank account statement (last week) with sufficient funds.

Online application form (Link to the online study visa application)

Copies of the passport and the last Nepalese visa.

Marriage certificate and birth certificate (for those who request their spouse and children as dependents)

Progress report (for renewal of student visa)

For the researcher requesting a student visa, the following additional documents must also be submitted;

Letter of offer / appointment of the Academic Institution of Nepal (for example, University) General agreement between two academic institutions (from Nepal and abroad

Structure of the study visa fee;

Individual re-entry facility: 20 additional USD in addition to the monthly Visa fee

Multiple re-entry facility: an additional USD 60 in addition to the monthly Visa fee on Tourist Visa.

According to the immigration law,

The non-tourist visa will be granted to the following foreigners and their relatives:

(a) Foreigners who are involved in economic or social development activities as approved by the Government of Nepal and financed by governmental institutions of foreign friendly nations;

(b) Foreigners who have obtained a recommendation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to serve in organizations directed by foreign missions located in Nepal;

(c) Foreign representatives who obtained a recommendation from the Ministry of Information and Communications to serve in newspapers and foreign news agencies;

(d) Foreigners who have obtained a recommendation from the concerned Ministry in question to serve as assistants to foreigners who have obtained diplomatic or official visas;

(e) Foreigners who have obtained permission from the Government of Nepal to work in the form of remuneration basis  in any enterprise / company / association / industry or company within Nepal;

(f) Foreigners who have obtained a recommendation from the concerned Ministry to serve in any international air organization located in Nepal;

(g) Foreign importers visiting Nepal from third countries on the recommendation of government agencies or trade and industry federations or chambers of commerce of foreign countries,

(h) Foreigners who have marital relations with the citizens of Nepal and present the certificate of marriage registration;

(h1) Foreigners who have a foreign passport or are of Nepalese origin with children of Nepalese father or mother who come to Nepal to visit a relative or the father, mother, brother or sister of foreigners who have a marital relationship with the citizens of Nepal who come to visit Nepal, presenting a recommendation that establishes the relationship issued by the concerned mission;

Explanation: For the purposes of this clause, the term “relative” means a person within three generations of the father or mother.

(i) Foreigners who on the recommendation of the concerned  Ministry come to Nepal to work, in accordance with an agreement or understanding agreed upon at governmental or non-governmental level;

(j) Foreigners who have obtained the recommendation of the concerned Ministry to carry out a feasibility study of any industry or company, for a period not exceeding six months;

Provided that foreigners as referred to in this Clause must submit a document showing the source of the investment, qualification of, and description of the investor’s experience, along with the visa application form.

(k) A leader of the team of foreigners who make a application, accompanied by a recommendation of the concerned Ministry, to make a group visit of the tourists in Nepal;

(k1) Foreigners who come to work for non-governmental organizations with the recommendation of the concerned ministry in accordance with the agreements concluded with the Social Welfare Council or the concerned Ministry;

(l) Foreigners that the Government of Nepal considers appropriate.

(2) The non-tourist visa will be issued for a period not exceeding one year at a time, and its term may be extended according to need.

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Work visa;

Only foreign citizens with a work visa can accept job and work in Nepal. The work visa is issued by the Immigration Department (non-tourist visa section) only on the recommendation of the line agency (corresponding Ministry of Government of Nepal), Labor Permit of the Department of Labor and Work Agreement (excluding some exceptions)  of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Applicants must go through several government agencies and finally apply to the Immigration Department to obtain the visa. Foreign citizens who carry out paperwork and legal procedures for work visas with the concerned institutions (Ministry / Department) of the government of Nepal can remain in Nepal under “Tourist Visas.”

Your visa category changes from “Tourists” to “Non-Tourists” once all the necessary paperwork is completed and applied  the “Work Visa”  in the DOI. The tourist visa can get canceled automatically when the visa category is changed. The duration of the work visa is determined by the period for which the work / work permit has been obtained from the Department of Labor.

Press Visa                           

Journalists and Press representatives can obtain ‘Press visa’ upon producing following documents as it is issued for maximum of 4 months at a time.

  • Recommendation letter from Department of Information
  • Identity Card issued by Nepal Press Council
  • Online form
  • Copy of Passport and latest Nepalese visa

Visa Fee – 10 USD / month

Single facility of  Re-entry:  20 USD extra in addition with monthly Visa Fee

Multiple facility of  Re-entry: 60 USD extra in addition with monthly Visa Fee

Letter of recommendation from the corresponding government line agency.

Work permit from the Department of Labor

Work agreement of the Ministry of the Home affairs

Appointment / contract letter

Tax clearance of the hiring organization / institution / agency

Applicant’s tax clearance (for renewal) if taxes have been paid individually

General agreement with the Social Welfare Council (NGO / ONGI)

Photocopy of passport and visa

Online form (Working) Link to Online Visa application

Cost of the visa: USD 60 / month

Individual re-entry facility: 20 additional USD

Multiple re-entry facility: additional USD 60

Visa Press

The press visa is issued for a maximum of Four months at a time. Journalists and press representatives can acquire the ‘press visa’ by producing the following documents

.⦁ Letter of recommendation from the Information Department.

⦁ Identity card issued by the Nepal Press Council.

⦁ online form

⦁ Copy of the passport and the last Nepalese visa.

Visa fee – USD 10 / month

Individual re-entry facility: 20 additional USD in addition to the monthly Visa fee

Multiple re-entry facility: an additional USD 60 in addition to the monthly Visa fee

Relationship visa

Kins of Nepalese citizens can apply for the relationship visa by submitting the following documents.

  • Certificate of relationship issued by local bodies that establish relations with Nepalese kin (original and photocopy)
  • Certificate of kinship citizenship (Original and photocopy).
  • Concerned kin must not be holders of foreign passports and must be present in person in the DOI for verification procedures. He / she must be related to the applicant by blood.
  • Passport and last visa (photocopy).
  • Online Form (Relationship Visa)

Relationship visa holders are not allowed to work without obtaining a “Work Permit” from the Department of Labor. Work permit procedure, however, is initiated from the Immigration Department. Contact the Immigration Department, Non-Tourist Visa Section for detailed information.

Visa fee: USD 5 / per month

Individual re-entry facility: 20 additional USD in addition to the monthly Visa fee

Multiple re-entry facility: 60 USD in addition to the monthly Visa fee

Marriage visa

Foreigners married to their Nepalese spouse (Nepalese citizen) can apply for the marriage Visa by submitting the following documents:

  • Certificate of Marriage Registration issued by the District Administration Office or the District Court. If the marriage registered abroad; ‘Certificate of marriage registration’ and letter of verification of the corresponding embassy (original and photocopy).
  • Certificate of citizenship of the Nepalese spouse (original and photocopy)
  • Physical presence of the Nepalese spouse
  • Photocopy of passport, last Nepalese visa
  • Online form (Marriage Visa)

The marriage visa is issued for a maximum of six months for the first time. It can be extended for a maximum of one year and after. Visit the Non-Tourist Visa Section during (visa application time) of the Immigration Department with the necessary document for the Marriage Visa.

Visa fee: 10 USD / per month

Individual re-entry facility: 20 USD in addition to the monthly Visa fee

Multiple re-entry facility: 60 USD in addition to the monthly Visa fee

Business Visa;

Nepal immigration has a  business visa for investors and entrepreneurs / women who invest and do business in Nepal. The visa is issued by the DOI upon receiving the following documents from the applicant.

  • Online applicationLetter
  • Letter of recommendation from the Department of Industry or the corresponding line agency of the Government.
  • Biological data (for first-time applicants)
  • Letter of acceptance of foreign investment from the Department of Industry.
  • Copy of the Certificate of Business Registration.
  • Copy of the PAN / IVA certificate.
  • Copy of the Share certificate.
  • Copy of the Industry Registration Certificate.
  • Copy of the passport and the last visa.
  • Last settlement of taxes (regular visa)
  • Monitoring and supervision report of the industry
  • Progress report of the company or industry (for renewal)

Unlike other non-tourist visas, business visas are issued for at least one month up to 1 year / for whole five full years at a time.

Business Visa Fee; The processing fee for business visas varies depending on the amount of the investment made.

Less than 10 million (NRS) investing investors: USD 30 / month, USD300 / year, USD 1000 for five years

More than 10 million investing investors (NRS): USD 10 / month, USD 100 / year, USD 300 for five years

More than 100 million (NRS) investing investors – No charges

If the applicant for the Business Visa has made an investment of more than 10 million (NRS), ” Share Details ‘ is mandatory along with other documents necessary for the processing of the visa. Business Visa, regardless of the time period involves multiple re-entry facilities.

According to the immigration law,

A business visa will be granted to the following foreigners and their relatives on the recommendation of the concerned agency;

(a) Foreigners who have obtained a license to make investments in any commercial or industrial enterprise in Nepal or in an authorized representative of such trade or business;

(b) Foreigners who have obtained a license to make investments to conduct the export trade of Nepal;

(c) Foreigners who visit Nepal from third countries, and who buy and export products made in Nepal or make purchase order for exports.

(2) Except as otherwise provided in these Regulations, the business visa will be issued for a period not exceeding five years at a time; and its term can be extended according to the need.

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Nepalese non-residential visa

Holders of the NRN card obtain a tourist visa (Gratis) upon arrival at the airport. It is issued for a specified number of days as predetermined by the Immigration Department.

For, the extension of the NRN visa, contact the Immigration Department (Non-Tourist Visa Section) with the following documents. It extends for a maximum of one year. The NRN visa, both at the airport and the DOI, is issued free of charge until the NRN card remains valid. NRN card holders cannot stay in Nepal without acquiring the NRN Visa.

Documents required for the visa application;

  • NRN Card issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its missions based abroad (Original and photocopy)
  • Valid passport
  • Photocopy of the passport and the latest Nepali visa.

Residential Visa;

The following foreigners and their families who intend to spend their lives in Nepal must obtain a residence visa:

  1. People with an international reputation
  2. Persons capable of making a significant contribution to the economic, social and cultural growth of Nepal.
  3. Person, who has invested at least one hundred thousand US dollars or convertible foreign currency equvalent in an industrial company of Nepal at once.
  4. Any foreigner who intends to spend his life in Nepal without conducting any business.
  5. The mission that recommends the residence visa abroad as mentioned in other clauses, save the foreign one as mentioned in clause (d) of the sub-rule (1) will send the recommendation together with the application completed by foreigner to the Department through the Ministry of Foreign affairs.
  6. Any foreigner who intends to obtain the residential visa in accordance with clause (e) of sub rule (1) must present a certified document of the source of income of 20 thousand US dollars or convertible foreign currency to spend in Nepal and any foreigner who intends to spend in Nepal. To renew you must present a certificate proving that you will spend or have spent in Nepal at least the same amount at once or several times per year.
  7. Any foreigner who intends to obtain the residence visa must submit an application to the Department or the concerned mission an application in the format mentioned in Appendix 4.

Transit visa;

Foreigners who have a transit in Nepal can obtain a transit visa to enter the country to spend a night (24 hours) by producing a proof of transit (air ticket).  Similarly, foreign citizens arriving in Nepal due to adverse circumstances such as emergency or forced landing can obtain a tourist visa if they wish to leave the airport and visit the country.

Transit Visa applicants must complete the Visa application online, pay the necessary Visa fee (5 USD) at the bank counter and proceed to receive the Transit Visa from transit visa desk after arriving at the airport to acquire the Visa.

The Transit Visa is issued by the Immigration Officer upon his/her satisfaction.

According to the immigration law,

A transit visa will be granted for one day to foreigners, whose air tickets are confirmed and who enter Nepal to spend a night in the course of a visit to any country through the airport in Nepal or to the foreigners who are traveling by an aircraft which have made an emergency landing at the airport of Nepal owing to any cause.

Trekking permit;           

Hikers in Nepal are allowed to trek as FIT (Free Individual Trekker) or in a group of various sizes. However, there are certain regions of trekking known as “Restricted Areas” that are highly regulated by the Government of Nepal and, therefore, FITs are strictly prohibited.

Trekking in these areas is only allowed when obtaining a permit from the Immigration Department.

Interested trekkers should contact authorized trekking agencies who can request permits (on behalf of trekkers) at the Immigration Department by completing all necessary paperwork. Trekkers must trek in a group (minimum of two people) accompanied by an authorized trekking guide. The individual trekkers cannot request permission for permit.

There are different rates (Trekking Permit fees) applicable to different routes to acquire Permits. Permit fees are expressed in US dollars, but are paid in Nepali rupees. The trekking permit is not issued after the expiration date of the visa. Therefore, trekkers must have a valid visa for a sufficient number of days to cover their trekking schedule.

Conditions to follow for trekkers

  • Trekkers must respect local customs and traditions, and must not participate in any activity that goes against the established norms and culture of society.
  • Individual trekking in restricted areas are strictly prohibited. There must be a minimum of two trekkers.
  • Daily remuneration, safety equipment and adequate clothing, Personal accident insurance must be provided to the Nepali citizen accompanying the travel group as a guide / porter / any other supporting roles.
  • Trekkers must travel only on the specified or designated route according to the Trekking Permit. They are not allowed to change routes. Or, the corresponding trekking / trekking agency accompanying the group should not allow trekkers to change the route.
  • Trekkers must comply with the instructions given by the authorized officers in the trekking zone (restricted area).
  • Mountaineers with an expedition permit must also obtain a trekking permit if they have to pass through Restricted Areas to climb peaks. In this case, they do not have to pay fees for the Permit (Trekking).

Authorized agencies can request trekking permits along with the following documents;

  1. Online application form (trekkers) Link to the application of trekking permit
  2. Copy of passport

iii. Copy of the valid visa sufficient to cover the days of trekking.

  1. List of names of trekkers
  2. Schedule of trekking program

Letter of guarantee from the agency.

Vii. Agreement with the agency

viii. Certificate of the clearance of taxes of the agency of trekking.

Ix. Documents related to the insurance of trekkers (foreigners nationals) and the Nepalese personnel accompanying the trekkers.

X. License issued by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation to operate trekking businesses.

Xi. License issued by the Nepal Rastra Bank that allows the exchange of foreign currencies.

Xii. Schedule of the trekking program.

Xiii. Certificate of registration of the permanent account number

xiv. Bank payment vouchers (fees) for permits.

Information for Indian citizens

Identity documents required for Indian citizens going to or coming from Nepal by air:

Valid national passport.

Photo Identification card issued by the Government of India / Government of the State / UT Administration of India to its employees or electoral identification card issued by the Electoral Commission of India.

Emergency Certificate issued by the Embassy of India located in Kathmandu.

Persons of the age of a group over 65 and under 15 years of age will be exempted from the requirement of the approved identity documents mentioned in SL. No. (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv). However, they must have some photographic documents to confirm their age and identity, such as the PAN card, the driver’s license, the CGHS card, the Ration card, etc.

Children between 15 and 18 years old can travel between India and Nepal with the strength of certificate of identity issued by the school principal in the prescribed performance.

In the case of a family (family means husband wife, minor children and parents) traveling together, the identification document approved in SL. DO NOT. (I)), (ii), (iii) and (iv) not all members of the family will be insisted if one of the adult members of the family has one of the prescribed identification documents prescribed in SL. DO NOT. (I), (ii), (iii) and (iv).

Note; The Aadhaar Card (UID) is not an acceptable travel document to travel to Nepal / Bhutan. The registration certificate issued by the Embassy of India, Kathmandu, Nepal to Indian citizens are not an acceptable travel document to travel between India and Nepal.

The Emergency Certificate and the Certificate of Identity issued by the Embassy of India, Kathmandu, will be valid for a single trip to travel back to India.

 Arrival or departure information;

Immigration Office, TIA is the key frontline office of the Immigration Department that assumes a central role in regulating the arrival and departure of Nepalese and foreign citizens. 

It is based solely on the Nepal International Airport, that is, at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Therefore, it becomes the only point of entry and exit for passengers ‘By air’ traveling to and from Nepal.

It is dedicated in national security and border control, in addition to serving other national, and international interests, including the promotion of tourism, the reduction of cross-border crimes, such as human trafficking and terrorism.

One of the main objectives are to achieve a delicate balance between the promotion of tourism, and the control of the border. It works through the Arrival and Exit Zone at TIA. It screens on an average of 10,000 passengers per day.

Visa on track

Immigration department facilitating tourism promotion through “Visa on Arrival.” They have made things easier for tourists visiting Nepal. The arrival visa procedure is very simple. Before boarding the plane, be sure to be eligible for Visa upon arrival.

Steps to acquire “On arrival Visa”

Prepare your arrival card. Fill all your data with precision.

Fill out the ‘Tourist Visa’ form online (you can complete it before your arrival by visiting the official website of the Immigration Department / using kiosk machines upon arrival at the airport).

You will get submission receipt (with barcode). Obtain receipt printing (if you filled it out online from the website). However, a kiosk machine automatically produces a small receipt with a barcode.

Make the payment in the bank according to the requirement of your visa (15/30/90 days)

Get the receipt

Structure of the visa fee; 15 days – 25 USD, 30 days – 40 USD, 90 Days – 100 USD

Go to the appropriate immigration desk (Visa) with the receipt of your online form, the receipt of payment of the arrival card, and your passport (with a minimum validity of six months. Give your documents to an immigration officer for visa processing.

Passport and visa;

Nepalese citizens traveling abroad require a valid Nepalese passport and visa for the country of destination, except in the case of countries where the “Visa on Arrival” is available. Foreigners travelling to, within and from Nepal must have a valid and genuine passport and visa.

They do not accept handwritten passport for your entry and exit. The department refuse entry and deny departure if you do not travel with a valid automatic reading passport (MRP).

Nepalese citizens arriving from India: passport / citizenship certificate

Nationals of India arriving from India: Passport / Election Card (Voter ID issued by the Electoral Commission).

Birth certificates for children under 18 years of age.

Arrival in Nepal

Both nationals and foreigners must go through immigration controls after arriving at the Tribhuvan International Airport. The passport or any other valid travel document together with the completed arrival card must be presented to an immigration officer at the corresponding immigration desk.

If you are wearing sunglasses and hats, remove them so that the immigration officer can see it clearly while checking your travel documents. Immigration officials can ask you related questions while reviewing your documents.

Please cooperate by answering the questions patiently. There are designated desks for different categories of passengers, there are designated . Follow the instructions and proceed to their respective queues.

The immigration desks are classified as follows:

Gratis

Tourist visa (15 days), Tourist Visa (30 Days), Tourist Visa (90 Days / Transit), Foreigner with Visa (Foreigners who have already acquired a visa), Official / Diplomatic (Priority granted to the holders of official / diplomatic passports), Crew (Exclusively for crew members, crew members are required to produce General Declaration and Passport and valid identification, General entry (Nepalese and Indian citizen / passport holder), Visa Exemption / waivers

On the basis of reciprocity, department have a visa waiver for a certain nationality and official status. Indian citizens traveling to Nepal by land or air do not need a visa.

However, they are required to present a passport / election card (voter identification issued by the Electoral Commission) sufficiently enough  to prove their Indian nationality. In the same way, certificates of birth for minors and school identity cards for children under 18 years old (accompanied by parents) are required.

Holders of a diplomatic and official or service passports of the following countries are exempt from the visa requirement to enter and remain in Nepal, leave Nepal and travel through Nepal.

Thailand – Exemption up to 90 days

Russian Federation – Exemption up to 90 days

Brazil- Exemption up to 90 days

China – Exemption up to 30 days

Eligibility of Visa (Tourist) eligibility;

Minors under 10 years, Up to 30 days for citizens of SAARC (except Afghanistan) who visit Nepal for the first time on a visa year, Holder of the Nepalese non-residential card (NRN) issued by MoFA and Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad, Chinese nationals

Departure;

Both nationals and foreigners leaving Nepal from the Tribhuvan International Airport must go through immigration checks. The valid travel document (Passport) and the properly filled embarkation card must be presented to an immigration officer.

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The desks are separated for different categories of passengers for a fast and efficient immigration clearance. Identify your desk and proceed by following the posted signs for your convenience.

The categories of departure desks are:

Foreign employment;

Nepalese traveling with student visa and visit visa

Foreign nationals / Indians / diplomats

Crew members should go to the crew desk for immigration checks with a valid passport and identification. You are required to submit a General Statement (according to Annex I 9, Annex I of I.C.A.O.) of the crew members of your airlines.

Nepalese citizens traveling with a tourist / visit visa must present following evidence for the immigration clearance:

  • Valid passport and Visa that clarifies the purpose of the trip
  • Two-way plane ticket, Hotel reservation
  • A letter with the details of the sponsor (person or institution).1000 dollars (cash / stamped in dollars)

Nepalese citizens traveling for institutional purposes:

  • Letter of Invitationii.
  • Two-way plane ticketiii.
  • A document that shows the institutional association.

If you travel to visit your spouse (spouse) who works in the Gulf countries, you must submit a letter of recommendation issued by the relevant Nepalese Embassy verifying that your spouse has invited you.

Nepalese citizens traveling through foreign employment

  • Valid passport and visa
  • Boarding card to the final destination.
  • Work permit issued by the government of Nepal

Once you have finished with the immigration controls at the exit, continue with the security checks. Make sure you have your certified departure on your boarding pass and travel document (Passport).


Branches of Department of Immigration, Nepal;

Immigration Office, Pokhara

Services currently available at the Immigration Office, Pokhara.

  1. Extension of the tourist visa⦁ Transfer of tourist visa from the old passport to the new passport.
  2. Issuance of the Trekking Permit for specific areas such as Upper Mustang, Manaslu, Nar Phu, Tsum Valley, Upper Dolpa, Lower Dolpa, etc. Visa Relationship visa for children under 10 years of age. He / She must be a relative of the holder of Nepalese citizenship.

TEL; 061-465167, 9856074666 FAX; 061465167

E-mail; [email protected], [email protected] Com

Immigration Office, Tribhuwan International Airport

Immigration Office, TIA has been facilitating foreigners who fly to Nepal by providing Visa upon arrival. Visas of all types, including “Free” issued at the Airport, are Tourist Visas. Contact the Immigration Department to extend your visa or change the category of your visa.

The extension of the tourist visa can be done from the Immigration Office, Pokhara as well. The extension of the non-tourist visa can be done only in the Immigration Department (if eligible) for a maximum period of one year (except business visa).

Contact; TEL; 977 01 4113045 FAX; 977 01 4113057

E-mail; [email protected]

Immigration office, Kakarvitta;

Mechinagar municipality-6, Kakarvitta, Jhapa

TEL; 023-562054 FAX; 023-563569

E-mail; [email protected]

Immigration Office Birganj

Email; [email protected]

Immigration Office Kodari

Kodari, Sindhupalchowk

TEL; 011-840196 FAX; 011-840196

Email; [email protected]

Immigration Office Belahia

Belahia, Bhairahwa

TEL; 071-418020 FAX; 071-520629

Email; [email protected]

Immigration Office Jamunaha

Jamunaha, Nepalgunj

TEL; 081-412005 FAX; 081-412005

Email; [email protected]

Immigration Office Mohana

Mohana, Dhangadi

TEL; 091-416246

Email; [email protected]

Immigration Office Gaddhachauki

Gaddhachauki, Kanchanpur

Email; [email protected]

Immigration Office Rasuwagadi

TEL; 010-543003, FAX; 010-543003

Email; [email protected]

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