Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport of Nepal. Immigration Office, TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) under Department of Immigration has been facilitating tourists flying to Nepal by providing Visa on Arrival. ‘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. Choice is yours.
If you have obtained 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 into Nepal.
Visas obtained on Arrival at the Entry and Exit points are ‘Tourist Visas’. They bear multiple Re entry facility. Tourist Visa ‘On Arrival’ is the only entry visa to Nepal. If you are visiting Nepal for the purposes other than Tourism (sightseeing, tour, travel, mountaineering, trekking, visiting friends and families), you should still get ‘ 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 Department of Immigration by producing required documents.
Nationals of designated countries are requested to acquire Visa prior their arrival from their nearby Diplomatic missions (Embassies/consulates) of Nepal Government.
Please follow these simple procedures for Tourist Visa on Arrival at the airport (TIA) if you have not acquired Visa prior to boarding the plane.
Fill in ‘ Arrival Card ‘
Fill in Online ‘Tourist Visa ‘form ( you can fill it up prior to your arrival visiting our official website Department of Immigration / fill it up using Kiosk machines upon your arrival at the airport). If you fill it from the website, you will get submission Receipt with barcode, please print it out and bring it along for acquiring visa. It works for fifteen days and becomes invalid then after. If so, you will have to fill it up again.
Make payment at the bank according to your visa requirement ( 15/30/90 Days)
Get the receipt
While you can use different modes of payments (at 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
Proceed to the Immigration Desk with your online form, payment receipts and your passport
Hand in your documents to immigration officer for visa processing. He/she issues visa to you upon his/her satisfaction.
Visa Extension Fee
Tourist visa extension is done for minimum 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days.
In the case of delay less than 150 days additional USD 5 per day as late fine.
Gratis Visa (Visa for Free)
Gratis Visa is issued free of cost in case of following categories of Visa applicants:
Children below 10 years except US citizens
Up to 30 days for SAARC Citizen (except Afghanistan) visiting Nepal for the first time in a given visa Year. Afghan citizen are eligible for Gratis Visa on Arrival only upon the recommendation of Department of Immigration. If you are an Afghan citizen, you can request concerned institution inviting you to Nepal for necessary paperwork with Department of Immigration to get you Gratis Visa ‘On Arrival’.
Non Residential Nepalese(NRN) card holder ( issued by MoFA /Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad)
Officials from China, Brazil, Russia and Thailand do not need Entry Visa based on reciprocal visa waiver Agreement
Visas of all kinds including ‘Gratis’ issued at the Airport are Tourist Visas. Contact 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 Department of Immigration (if eligible) for a period of maximum one year (except business visa).
FAQs related to Arrival to Nepal
1. How can I get On Arrival Visa?
– Visit the link for detail information Click here to Visit Visa on Arrival Page
2. What are the different kinds of On Arrival Visa?
– All ‘On Arrival Visas’ are Tourist Visas. In other words, Tourist Visas are Entry Visas. If you are travelling to Nepal for purposes other than tourism (sightseeing, travelling, visiting friends and families), you will have to change your visa status. Contact Department of Immigration with necessary documents to change Visa category.
3. I need Tourist Visa with Multiple Re entry facility. What can I do?
– All Tourists Visas issued by Nepalese diplomatic missions and ‘On Arrival’ at the Entry & Exit points including Immigration office, TIA bear multiple Re – entry facility. Whereas, Tourist Visas extended at DOI (Department of Immigration) and Pokhara Immigration Office comes with Multiple Re entry facility if you pay additional 20 US dollars.
4. I have children of 5 years and 6 years to they need a visa, Does he/she need a Visa?
– Yes, However, they get it for free. Minors below 10 years get Gratis visa.
5. What is Gratis Visa?
– It is a kind of Visa that is issued for free.
6. I am an Indian citizen? Can I travel to Nepal with my Aadhar card or driving license?
– No. We need a document that exclusively proves your nationality. Hence, you need to produce either valid Indian Passport or Election Card (issued by Election Commission) to enter into Nepal.
7. I am an Indian passport holder. I am travelling to Nepal with two kids below 12 years. They do not have passport. What should I do?
– Minors of an Indian passport holder (if accompanied by their parents) can travel to Nepal with their Student Identity Card or Birth Certificate.
8. I am an Afghan citizen. I learnt that I need Visa prior to my Arrival to Nepal. What should I do?
– Please contact your closest Nepalese diplomatic missions to obtain Visa. Make sure you have valid visa and passport before you board on plane.
9. I do not want to wait in queue for visa at the Tribhuvan International Airport? What can I do?
– You can get Pre Arrival Visa to Nepal from Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad.
10. How long does it take to get Visa On Arrival at the TIA?
– We have made things very simple and easy for travelers. Usually, you can get visas in less than an hour. Nevertheless, you can expect some delays and queues especially during the peak tourist season.
11. What currency is accepted for payment of required visa fees?
– It is better to carry American dollars (in cash) for payment even though we accept other currencies too.
12. Does my Visa/Maestro/American Express card work?
– Yes. But we advise you to carry cash (American dollars) as well at least to cover your Visa expenses.
13. I have obtained visa from Nepalese Embassy in London (United Kingdom). When should I enter Nepal?
– You should come to Nepal within 6 months (from the visa issued date).
FAQ Related to Trekking Permit
1. Can I apply for trekking permit on my own?
– No. Only authorized trekking agencies can apply for trekking permit. Contact trekking agency for the permit.
2. Should I carry my permit while I am on trek?
– Yes. Carry your passport and trekking permit throughout your trek. Make sure you take care of your valuable document like passport.
3. Can I explore the route not included in my trekking permit?
– No. Deviation from prescribed routes of trekking permit is treated as violations of law.
4. Do I need to register at the Police check points or Immigration Points?
– Yes, you should. It would be wise to register your trekking schedule and destination at your concerned embassy/consulate
Source: Department of Immigration