Must have six months remaining validity or more at time of entry
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:
At least one blank visa page (not endorsements page) required for entry visa
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:
US$5,000; no pure, unworked gold up to 50 grams of gold jewelry, or 500 grams of silver
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
TOURIST VISA FEE
15 Days (Multiple Entry) USD 25
30 Days (Multiple Entry) USD 50
90 Days (Multiple Entry) USD 125
Visa Extension (Within Valid Visa Period) USD 3 per Day
Visa Extension (With Multiple Entry) Additional USD 25
Visa Extension (After Visa Expiration) Late fee USD 5 per Day
Chancery: Bansbari, P O Box 879, Kathmandu
Tel: 4371678, 4371076, 4371466
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: 0830 hrs – 1700 hrs
Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Chancery: Basundhara – 3, Chakrapath, Kathmandu
(Opposite to NABIL Bank)
P O Box No. 789, Kathmandu
Tel: 439 0130, 439 0131
Fax: 439 0132
Working Hours: In Summer
Monday – Thursday: 0900 hrs–1300 hrs, 1400 hrs–1700 hrs
Friday: 0900 hrs–1200 hrs, 1400 hrs–1700 hrs
Monday – Thursday: 0900 hrs–1300 hrs, 1400 hrs–1600 hrs
Friday: 0900 hrs–1200 hrs, 1400 hrs–1600 hrs
Consular Section: Monday – Friday 0930 hrs – 1200 hrs (Submission) Monday – Friday 0900 hrs – 0930 hrs (Delivery)
Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brazil
Chancery: House No. 155, Chundevi Marg, Maharajgunj
P O Box No. 19299, Kathmandu
Tel: 4721462, 4721463
Working Hours: Monday – Friday: 0900 hrs–1700 hrs
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China National
Chancery: Baluwatar, Kathmandu
4413916 (Political Section), 4411958 (Military Section),
4438762 (Culture Section), 4419053 (Administrative Office) Fax: 441 4045
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: 0900 hrs – 1200 hrs, 1400 hrs – 1700 hrs
Embassy of Denmark
Chancery: 761, Neel Saraswati Marga, Lazimpat
P O Box: 6332, Kathmandu
Tel: 441 3010 Fax: 441 1409
Working Hours: Monday to Thursday: 0900 hrs – 1700 hrs
Friday: 0900 hrs – 1400 hrs
Consular Section: Tuesday to Friday: 1000 hrs – 1200 hrs
Monday to Thursday: 1000 hrs- 1200 hrs, 1400 hrs-1600 hrs
Friday: 1000 hrs-1200 hrs
Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Chancery: Naya Bazar, Sainbu, Bhaisepati, Lalitpur
Tel: 559 0166, 559 0544
Fax: 559 2661
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: 0900 hrs – 1500 hrs
Consular Section: 1000 hrs – 1430hrs
Embassy of Finland
Chancery: 17, Bansidhar Marga, Bishalnagar Chowk
P.O. Box 2126, Kathmandu
Working Hours: Monday to Thursday: 0800 hrs – 1615 hrs; Friday: 0800 hrs – 1315 hrs
Consular Section: Monday to Thursday: 0900 hrs – 1100 hrs
Embassy of the French Republic
Chancery: 302, Narayan Gopal Road, Lazimpat, Kathmandu
Tel: 01 441 2332, 01 4422774
Duty Officer: 98510 17201 (Weekend & Holidays)
Fax: 01 441 9968
Working Hours: 0830 hrs – 1700 hrs
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Chancery: 690, Gyaneshwor Marg, Gyaneshwor
P O Box 226, Kathmandu
Tel: 42 17200,
Fax: 441 6899
Working Hours: Monday – Thursday: 0830 hrs – 1600 hrs
Friday: 0830 hrs – 1400 hrs
Consular Section: Monday to Friday: 0900 hrs –1130 hrs
Embassy of the Republic of India
Chancery: 336 Kapurdhara Marg, Kathmandu
Tel: 441 0900, 441 4990, 441 1699
Fax: 442 8279, 4446248
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: 0900 hrs – 1300 hrs, 1330 hrs –1730 hrs
Embassy of the State of Israel
Chancery: Bishramalaya House, Lazimpat, Kathmandu
Tel: 4419 103, 441 3419
Fax: 441 3920
Working Hours: Monday to Thursday: 0900 hrs – 1730 hrs
Friday: 0900 hrs – 1430 hrs
Embassy of Japan
Chancery: 1253, Narayan Gopal Sadak, Panipokhari
P O Box 264, Kathmandu
Telephone: 442 6680
Fax: 441 4101
Working hours: Monday to Friday: 0900 hrs – 1300 hrs, 1400 hrs – 1700 hrs
Consular Section: Tuesday to Friday: 0930 hrs – 1130 hrs
KOREA, DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF
Embassy of The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Chancery: Bakhundole, Lalitpur
Tel: 552 1855/553 5871
Fax: 552 5394
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: 0900 hrs – 1200 hrs, 1400 hrs – 1800 hrs
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
Embassy of the Republic of Korea
Chancery: Ravi Bhawan, Kalimati, P O Box 1058, Kathmandu
Tel: 427 0172, 427 0417, 4284972, 4277391
Fax: 427 2041, 427 5485
Monday to Friday: 0900 hrs – 1200 hrs, 1330 hrs – 1700 hrs
Embassy of Malaysia
Chancery: Sanepa-2, Ring Road, Lalitpur
P.O. Box 24372
Tel: 554 5680 / 554 5681
Fax: 504 5679
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: 0830 hrs – 1630 hrs
1230 hrs- 1330 hrs (Lunch Break)
Embassy of the Union of Myanmar
Chancery: Plot No. 997, Nakkhu Height, Sainbu Bhainsepati 4/Ga, Lalitpur, PO Box 2437, Kathmandu
Tel: 559 2774, 559 2841
Fax: 559 2776
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: 0930 hrs – 1130 hrs & 1230 – 1630 hrs
Royal Norwegian Embassy
Chancery: Pulchowk, Lalitpur
Tel: 554 5307
Fax: 554 5226
Emergency: 9801167898 (Ms. Janiche Berseth)
Working Hours: Monday to Thursday: 0830 hrs – 1630 hrs
Friday: 0830 hrs – 1400 hrs
Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Chancery: Pushpanjali, Maharajgunj, Chakrapath
P O Box 202, Kathmandu
Tel: 437 4024, 437 4040
Fax: 437 4012
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: 0800 hrs – 1600 hrs
Consular Section: 1030 hrs – 1200 hrs
Embassy of the State of Qatar
Chancery: 2715, Narayan Gopal Marg, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu-3
Tel: 4721631, 4721632, 4721633, 4721634, 4721635
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: 0900 hrs – 1600 hrs
Consular Section: 1000 hrs – 1400 hrs
Embassy of the Russian Federation
Tel: 441 2155, 441 1063
Fax: +977-1-441 6571
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Working Hours: Monday to Thursday: 0800 hrs–1300 hrs, 1430 hrs–17.30 hrs
Friday: 0800 hrs – 1300 hrs
Consular Section: Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 1000 hrs – 1100 hrs
Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
Chancery: Sumangal, Maharajgunj, (Opposite to Nirmal Niwas) Kathmandu
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: 0900 hrs–1700 hrs
Consular Section: Monday to Friday: 0930 hrs – 1200 hrs (Applying Visa)
1500 hrs – 1630 hrs (Collection)
Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Chancery: Shiva Ashish Niwas, Gairi Marg, Chundevi, Maharajgunj
P O Box 8802, Kathmandu
Tel: 472 0623, 472 1389
Fax: 472 0128
Working Hours: Monday to Friday 0900 hrs – 1700 hrs (Summer)
0900 hrs – 1615 hrs (Winter)
Embassy of Switzerland
Office: Ekantakuna, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, P.O. Box No. 113, Kathmandu
Tel: 552 4927, 554 9225 (for Consular Affairs and Visas) Fax: 552 5358, 554 9224 (for Consular Affairs and Visas) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: www.eda.admin.ch/kathmandu (Embassy)
www.sdc.org.np (Development Cooperation)
Working Hours: Monday to Friday 0900 hrs–1230 hrs, 1300 hrs -1700 hrs
Visa Hours: Monday to Friday 09:30hrs–12:00 hrs
Royal Thai Embassy
Chancery: 167/4 Ward No. 3, Sallaghari, Bansbari Road, Maharajgunj
P O Box 3333, Kathmandu
Tel: 437 1410, 437 1411
Fax: 437 1408, 437 1409
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: 0830 hrs –1230 hrs, 1330 hrs–1630 hrs
Consular Section: 0930 hrs – 1200 hrs & 1400 hrs – 1600 hrs
Chancery: GPO Box 106, Lainchaur, Kathmandu
Tel: 423 7100
Fax: 441 1789
Working Hours: Monday to Thursday: 0815 hrs – 1700 hrs
Friday: 0815 hrs – 1315 hrs
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
Chancery: Lazimpat – Paani Pokhari, Kathmandu
Tel: 4006765/ 4006766 / 4006767
Working Hours:: Sunday to Thursday:1000 AM -1700 PM
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Embassy of the United States of America
Chancery: P O Box 295, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu
Telephone: (977-1) 423-4000
Fax: (977-1) 400-7272
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: 0800 hrs — 1230 hrs, 1330 hrs — 1700 hrs
Chancery: House No. 39, Ward No. 29, Tridevi Sadak, Thamel, Kathmandu
Tel: 422 1785, 422 6350, 423 1334, 422 1411
Fax: 422 7033, 422 3991
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: Summer: 0900 hrs -1700 hrs
Winter: 0900 hrs – 1600 hrs
Delegation of the European Union to Nepal
Chancery: P. O. Box 6754, Uttardhoka Sadak, Lainchaur, Kathmandu
Tel: 4429445, 4429446, 4415995, 4 440406
Website: eeas.europa.eu/delegations/Nepal www.delnpl.ec.europa.eu
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: 0900 hrs – 1700 hrs
UNITED NATIONS (UN) United Nations Day: 24 October
Mailing Address: P O Box 107, Kathmandu, Nepal Office Address: UN House, Pulchowk, Lalitpur, Nepal Telephone: 5523200
Fax: 5523991, 5523986
Working Hours: Monday – Friday: 0900 hrs–1800
HONORARY CONSULS GENERAL
CONSULS IN KATHMANDU
Mr. Rajesh Babu Shrestha, Honorary Consul
Mrs. Archana Shrestha, Vice Consul
Post Box No 4416, Naxal, Nagpokhari, Kathmandu
Tel: 443 4690, 4434648, 4434860, 4434825, Fax: 443 4515
Mr. Ajeya Raj Sumargi Parajuli, Honorary Consul
Post Box No. 12557, Muktishree Tower-2, Madan Bhandari Path 40108
New Baneshwor-10, Kathmandu
Working Hours: Sunday – Friday: 0900 hrs – 1700 hrs
Tel: 4782706, 4785839, 4785840 Fax:4785838
Mr. Ang Tsering Sherpa, Honorary Consul
Post Box No 3022, Bhagawan Bahal, Thamel-Amrit Marg-643/26, Kathmandu
Working Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 1000-1200 hrs
Wednesday and Friday: 1400-1600 hrs
Tel: 441 8922, 443 2867, Fax: 4410330
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Mr. Shahil Agrawal, Honorary Consul
Chancery Address: 2nd Floor, Laxman Babu Bhawan
Working Days and Hours: Monday – Friday: 10:00 A.M – 6:00 P.M.
TeL: +977-1-4445809, Fax: +977: -1- 4445772
Emai: email@example.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Bhola Bikram Thapa, Honorary Consul
Chancery Address: P.O. Box: 1307, Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal
Working Days: Sunday to Friday (Working Hours: 9:30 am to 5:30
Telephone No: 00977-1-4220245, 4373153(R), Fax No: 00977-1-4221180
Email Address: email@example.com
Dr. Buddha Basnyat, Honorary Consul
The Consulate of Canada
Lal Durbar Marg-47, P.O. Box- 3596, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: 4441976, Fax: 4434713, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Vishnu Kumar Agarwal, Honorary Consul
Post Box No 1452, Tripushwor, Teku Road, Kathmandu
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: 1000 hrs–1300 hrs
Tel: 4259528,4261160, 4261847, 9801022264 (O), Fax: 4258935
Mr. Basant Raj Mishra, Honorary Consul
Post Box No 3968, Kamaladi, Kathmandu
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: 0900 hrs–1200 hrs
Tel: 4263480, 4221585,9851021276, Fax: 422 0178
Mr. Binaya Man Shrestha, Honorary Consul
P.O. Box 2676, Kathmandu
Tel: 5527223, 5527261, 9851064800 Fax: 401 5552
Mr. Amir Pratap J.B. Rana, Honorary Consul
Shankha Park, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu
Tel: 401 5551, 437 3134, Mob: 9801021006 Fax: 401 5552
Mr. Padma Jyoti, Honorary Consul
Post Box No 133, Jyoti Bhawan, Kantipath, Kathmandu
Working Hours: Monday to Thursday: 1100 hrs – 1400 hrs Tel: 422 5490 (ext.151), 9851020435 Fax: 422 6314, E-mail: email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Mr. Nava Raj Dahal, Honorary Consul
P.O. Box 25278, Tridevi Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu
Tel: 443 6900, 443 6650; Mobile: 98510 31532
Fax: 441 5380; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Mr. Rajendra Giri, Honorary Consul (Designate)
Mr. Parash Shakya, Honorary Consul
B L C, Complex, GPO Box: 648, Thapathali, Kathmandu
Working Hours: Monday – Friday, 14: 00hrs – 16:00hrs
Tel: 421 9575, Mobile: 9801014509
Mr. Bikram Pandey, Honorary Consul General
Nuwakott Ghar, Sanepa Chowk, Lalitpur-2, Lalitpur Nepal
Tel: 5539900, 5545999 (O), 9851127777 (M)
Fax: 5526575, 5549682; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashok Kumar Agrawal (Designate) Trade Tower, 6th Floor, GPO Box 3127
Tel: 977 1 5111104-6, Fax: 51111107
Mr. Arun Kumar Chaudhary, Honorary Consul, Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur-3, GPO Box
Working Hours: Sunday to Friday: 1000 hrs–1800 hrs
Tel: 5545891, 5545892(O), 4418344 (R)
Fax: 5546223; E-mail: email@example.com
Mr. Chandra Prasad Dhakal, Honorary Consul
Pani Pokhari, Kathmandu
Working Hours: Sunday to Friday: 1000 hrs–1700 hrs
Tel: 4430600, 4002581, 9851085929; Fax:4425800
Mr. Manoj B. Shrestha, Honorary Consul
New Baneshwor, Kathmandu
Tel: 4224127,4780518(o), 5534019, 5523616
Ms. Pratima Rana Pandé, Honorary Consul General
Heritage Plaza -1, 2n Floor, P.Ob Box Nio. 7090, Kamaladi, Kathmandu, Nepal
Working Hours: Monday and Thursday: 10:00 – 12:00 hrs
Tel: 977-1-416089/4169088, Fax: +977-1-4169088
Mr. Shovakar Neupane, Honorary Consul
135/11 Thapathali, Kathmandu
Ambe Complex, 6th Floor
Teku, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: +977 9851020716 Fax: +977 1 4242132
Mr. Shree Ram Lamichhane, Honorary Consul
Anjushree Building, Gwarko (next to B&B Hospital), P O Box 2354, Kathmandu
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: 1000 hrs–1200 hrs
Tel: 500 7503, 500 7504, 554 9740 (O), 5525984 (R), 9851021047 (M)
Fax: 500 7689 (O)
Mr. Nirvana Chaudhary, Honorary Consul
Chaudhary House, Sanepa
P O Box – 1073, Kathmandu, Nepal
Working Hours: Sunday to Friday: 1000 hrs–1700 hrs
Tel: 5543131 Fax: 5523818, Mobile: 9801010000
Mr. Dinesh Shrestha, Honorary Consul
Shrestha Building, Jyatha, Kantipath
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: 1100 hrs–1330 hrs
Tel: 4430 609, 4255842, 4255687 (O), Mobile: 989851020756 Fax: 4430892
Mr. Naresh Dugar, Honorary Consul
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: 1100 hrs–1330 hrs
Tel: 4437991, Mobile: 9851020452, Fax: 4437990
Mr. Tsetan Gyurman Shrestha, Honorary Consul
Consulate of Mongolia
Working days:-Monday to Friday-0900hrs.-1700hrs. C/o Samling Carpet Industries (P) Ltd.
P.O. Box 2534 Boudha, Tinchuli, Kathmandu, Nepal
Fax: 01-4915625, Mobile: 9808055674
Mr. Basant K. Chaudhary, Honorary Consul General
BLC Complex, GPO Box: 648, Thapathali, Kathmandu, Nepal
GPO Box 648 Kathmandu, Tel: 4221260, 014219575, Mobile:9851066460
Fax: 4226293, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Mr. Puna Bhandari, Honorary Consul
Ramshah Path, Kathmandu, Nepal
Mr. Sumit Kumar Agarwal, Honorary Consul
House No. 149/13 (Kha), Jhochhen Tole, Basantapur,
PO Box No, 556, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977-1-4241504, 4225284, Fax: +977-1-4225538; Working Hours: 1000AM to 1800 PM
Mr. Suraj Vaidya, Honorary Consul General
Voith Complex, Anandanagar, Dhumbarahi, Ward no. 4, Kathmandu
Post Box. No. : 2640/233
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: 0900 hrs–1500 hrs
Tel: 4008801-805/4008799 (Direct) Fax: 4008770
Mr. Lokmanya Golchha, Honorary Consul General
P.O.Box-363, Golchha House, Ganabahal, Kathmandu
Working Hours, Sunday to Friday: 10.00 hrs – 17.00 hrs
Tel +977-1-4249939, 4250001, Fax 4249723; Mobile: 9801020683, 9851122683
Mr. Rajendra Kumar Khetan, Honorary Consul
Portugal HC, Chairman’s office, Everest Insurance, Hattisar, Kathmandu
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: 1030 hrs – 1300 hrs
Tel: 444 6409; Fax: 444 6405, Mob: 9818154468
Ms. Sarika Khetan, Honorary Consul
4th Floor, 1st Wing, Laxmi Complex, Hattisar, Kamalpokhari
P O Box – 6156, Kathmandu
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: 1030 hrs – 1600 hrs
Tel: 554 8768 Fax: 444 6405
Mr. Pasang Dawa Sherpa, Honorary Consul
Post Box No. 1358, Uttar Dhoka Sadak, Lazimpat/Dobi Chaur, Kathmandu
Tel: 4421541, 4416880, 4422656 Fax: 4427067, Mobile: 9851021224
Mr. Hari Bhakta Sharma, Honorary Consul Post Box No: 2808, Nursery Lane Road Bansbari, Kathmandu-3, Nepal
Phone: 4435167 Fax: +977-1-4435166, Working Hours: Mon – Fri: 0900hrs – 1300hrs Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Pradeep Kumar Shrestha, Honorary Consul
Post Box No. 2743, Panchakanya Bhawan, Krishna Galli, Pulchowk, Lalitpur
Working Hours: Sunday to Friday: 0930 hrs–1730 hrs
Tel: 5526551, 5548235 Direct Line: 5523957
Ms. Ambica Shrestha, Honorary Consul
Post Box No 459, Dwarika’s Hotel, Battisputali, Kathmandu
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: 1000 hrs–1600 hrs
Tel: 447 3724, 447 0770, 4471379, Mobile: 9851021311, 4471378(Fax)
Mr. Gajendra Bahadur Shrestha, Honorary Consul General
Meera Home, Khichapokhari, Kathmandu
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: 1000 hrs–1230 hrs
Tel: 422 0939 (O), 472 0251(R); 9851024939, Fax: 422 1826
Mr. Chandra Prakash Khetan Honorary Consul General of Turkey Laxmi Plaza, Hattisar, Kathmandu PO Box 6156
Working Hours: Monday to Friday: 1000 hrs. – 1500 hrs., Mob: 9818154468
Tel: 444 6400/1/2/3, Fax: 444 6405 Email: email@example.com
Mr. Kiran Vaidya, Honorary Consul General
122, Bhagwan Marg, Narayan Chaur, Naxal
G.P.O. Box – 3843, Kathmandu
Working Hours: Sunday to Friday: 1000 hrs–1700 hrs
Tel: 4416544, 4437901, 9851022204/9803389880 (Mobile), Fax: 4421 845
Mr. Rajesh Kaji Shrestha Consulate Office of Vietnam Uttar-Dhoka Marg, Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977-1-4001040, Mob: 9851104808
Notice: The Government of Nepal has increased Visa Fees effective from July 17, 2019. Along with that, Nepal is providing five-year multiple-entry tourist visas to U.S citizens. Please check on http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np for more information.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Solo trekking is not allowed; follow medical advice regarding Acute Mountain Sickness.
Requirements for Entry:
Regular Tourist Visas:
|North(for group tourists only)||Sindhupalchowk||Kodari|
|West (pay in dollars)||Rupandehi||Belahia, Bhairahawa|
|Far- West||Kailali||Mohana, Dhangadi|
|Far-West||Kanchanpur||Gadda Chauki, Mahendranagar|
The tourists are allowed to stay for 150 days in any given calendar year according to regular tourist visa provided by the Nepal Department of Immigration upon arrival.
At the time of arrival at TIA or other land checkpoints, tourists may request the following visa mentioned with a related fee.
You can pay the visa fee in the U.S dollar, while you can easily find a money-exchange shop and ATM nearby. But don’t entirely depend upon ATM because sometimes the machine can be malfunctioned and credit card payments are not accepted as well.
Five years, multiple-entry tourist visas to U.S citizens
Nepal has started providing five years of multiple-tourist permissions to U.S citizens. For visas, either applies at the Embassy of Nepal in Washington D.C or the Consulate General of Nepal in New York City. The fee for five years visa is 160 USD.
Note: Tourist can obtain a regular visa upon arrival and then can change to another visa type by visiting the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu. Such tourist can stay till 180 days in any given calendar year.
Other Visa Categories:
For more visa details and the online application for various types of visas, including student and work visas, consult with the Department of Immigration. Your purpose of travel determines the category of visa obtained.
Extending Your Visa:
Requirements for Exit:
Travel across the Nepal-China Border:
There might be few difficulties on Nepal-China border on land in either direction with Chinese authorities while traveling. Chinese authorities provide visas and entry permits into Tibet often to U.S citizen and another foreign tourist in a group as a prerequisite. The China border is usually close during significant events in Tibet.
For current information on border crossing status and regulations, check the following website:
The Nepal Supreme Court paused surrogacy practices in Nepal on August 25, 2015, and a Cabinet decision restricted such practices on September 18, 2015, using the Supreme Court decision date as a cut-off. On December 12, 2016, the Supreme Court announced it’s the final verdict and made surrogacy legal only for infertile Nepali married couples, but illegal for single men/ women, transgender couples and foreign nationals.
Surrogacy practices, birth documentation, and the insurance of a visa/exit permission in cases where the child was born in Nepal are not permitted in Nepal. It should be done outside of Nepal. A newborn child will not even be able to leave Nepal without a visa/exit permission.
Medical services have improved its standing within the Kathmandu valley and other major cities in comparison to rural areas, which is limited and not meeting Western standards. The reason behind its limitation is the unavailability of resources and proper medical staffs in rural areas. Usually, the medical services are expensive in the private sector whereas cheap and of poor quality in public hospitals resulting in low-quality emergency services. Nepal government is trying to implement major surgical facilities in Kathmandu’s hospitals and large clinics. However, most of the people evacuate to a neighboring country or abroad for the treatment of serious illness. There are even a few mental health care centers in Nepal.
Nepal is pretty much famous for some of the most adventurous-exciting and potentially dangerous outdoor activities which often attract thousands of national and international tourists. Some of them are Peak climbing, trekking, paragliding, mountain biking, rafting, canyoning, etc. Such activities tend to arise in several health and safety problems, mainly acute mountain sickness, minor and major accidents, gastrointestinal ailments, etc. Such issues affect both national and international tourists during or after their adventurous journey.
Medical care and emergency services are readily not available in remote areas compared to major cities of Nepal. If an individual suffers from any illness or injuries while trekking or any other outdoor activities, this condition often requires rescue via helicopter. The typical cost for a helicopter rescue from, any remote areas to Kathmandu is around 3000USD to 10000USD. For general Nepalese people, this cost comes to be higher than the sky. If you ought to plan your trip to Nepal for any outdoor activities, Peregrine Treks and Expedition strongly recommends you to purchase emergency evacuation insurance along with health insurance.
It is easy to find doctors in significant hospitals around Kathmandu valley, but if you are in remote areas, there is less chance of finding specialists. Instead, you can consult with the health assistant at any medical wards in remote regions for minor illness and medicare. Or you can use your emergency evacuation insurance if your health situation is critical. Peregrine Treks and Expedition strongly appeal to travelers to consult with their medical insurance company regarding overseas policy and coverage of emergency expenses.
Prevention is better than care. Having proper knowledge of the geographical condition of Nepal, local hygiene, and sanitation, you can take safety measures according to it. Everyone shouldn’t neglect the minor illness, which further could lead to significant disease.
The significant and most probable sickness faced many seasoned climbers and trekkers in the Himalayan region are Altitude sickness. It is categorized into three forms viz Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), High-altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) and High-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE). The initial symptoms of AMS are a headache, insomnia, nausea, loss of appetite, and occasionally vomiting which could lessen by descending to a lower altitude. A person should never trek further to high altitude ignoring AMS symptoms. If so, he/she becomes prone to HACE and HAPE, resulting in lethargy, memory loss, shortness of breath, and unable to control their emotions followed by rage or excitement. It could be fatal if not cured.
One of the most common problems that most of the international travelers face in Nepal is diarrhea and gastrointestinal ailments. Due to many reasons like change in weather condition, food habit and drinking water and untimely food consumption, travelers suffers from diarrhea, although not life-threatening but a matter of concern. Nepalese are usually habituated to spicy and oily food, whereas foreign people are easily attracted to give it a try resulting in stomach problems. We suggest travelers consume healthy and boiled foods and water. Try to avoid packaged and canned food, and street vendor, raw fruits and vegetables without cleaning it properly. Take care of your health as you are the one who needs to return to your regular place and resume your work back at your country.
Most of the foreign tourist does not have stray dogs in their country and find amused to see lots of street dogs in Nepal. Their affection towards stray dogs sometimes could result in getting dogs bite and other attacks. Please be aware of such dogs because they might be infected with rabies. Unfortunately, if you get bitten by any stray dogs, immediately wash the wound with soap and water and seek medical attention. For further information, see the CDC’s Preventing Dog Bites webpage.
Consult with your insurance specialist to obtain emergency medical evacuation and supplemental insurance before you visit Nepal. If anything you would want to use when injured seriously during your climb or trekking in remote areas, it will be helicopter evacuation.
Certain international medicines are restricted in Nepal. If you ought to travel with prescripted medication, make sure you check and ensure with Embassy or consulates of Nepal about its legal status in Nepal. Make sure you carry such medicines in the original packaging along with your doctor’s prescription.
In most of Nepal’s area, roads are poorly maintained and lack safety features. Especially, hill roads are vulnerable to monsoon season resulting in blockade due to landslide and erosions. Such conditions cause significant numbers of accidents and fatalities. Traffic jam is a big problem faced by people in major cities. Various incidents of violation to traffic laws have been registered in Kathmandu and other major cities. Many drivers are not adequately trained and licensed, yet they drive in the streets. Be aware and avoid getting into such a vehicle.
To drive to two-wheeler or four-wheeler motor vehicle in Nepal, you should have an appropriate license to the particular vehicle. Otherwise, you will be punished according to traffic laws. We suggest you to not expose yourself to any problems during your stay in Nepal.
The streets outside the Kathmandu valley lack proper lights and road conditions are not in good condition. So it is safe if you avoid traveling during night time out of Kathmandu.
Know the speed limit of riding bikes and apply safety measures while riding a motorcycle in Nepal. Fatalities from motorcycle accidents have risen dramatically all over Nepal in recent years. Never forget to wear helmet and safety gears and do not ride bike carrying more than one person.
If you need to travel via bus, we suggest you choose day travel rather than night buses due to abnormal road conditions in most of the rural areas. Long-distance travel could be exhausting, and you might want to hop on to the roofs of buses for some adventure. Never travel on the dangerous ceilings to avoid accidents and traffic police as roof travel is against the traffic laws.
Although taxi rides are much more expensive than buses, it could be safer and convenient. All taxis have a meter, but taxi drivers usually do not charge you based on the meter. You better negotiate taxi fare before you step onto their taxi; otherwise, you could be overcharged. In case if you feel like being cheated, contact freely to file a complaint to the traffic police on the street nearby or the local police station.
You might not find a separate lane for pedestrian except a pedestrian bridge. Usually, a person should be careful enough to walk safely on the side of a road and follow zebra crossings and use a pedestrian bridge to cross a busy highway. Otherwise, there is a number of cases of pedestrians facing traffic fatalities in Nepal.
Laws are compelling everywhere. Nepal has its kind of local laws. Breaking any local rules in Nepal can lead you to imprisonment, detention, fines, or blacklist depending upon the crime. The captivity could last for weeks or even longer depend upon the time of the investigation.
You can request police or prison officials to call your Embassy or consulates if you ever get arrested in Nepal.
Drink and drive lead to arrest or fine.
Although a variety of illegal drugs are available, if you are caught buying or dealing with any kinds of medicines in Nepal, you could end up being in jail.
Importing/exporting any arms and ammunitions or imitations in the form of jewelry in Nepal is restricted.
Solo trekking is super fun and adventurous. In recent days solo trekkers in Nepal have been facing severe problems of getting lost, sexually harassed, and injured and many other violent crimes. The police forces and special search rescue teams are the continuous verges of solving the missing cases and other problems.
Keeping your security our main priority, we strongly do not recommend you to travel solo. Instead, we can provide you an organized group if you want to trek in a group. We can also provide you with an experienced guide even if you’re going to avoid the group. At least we won’t let you be alone wandering on an unknown hill and get lost or be a victim of any crimes.
Nepal has unique geography which with a high risk of unpredictable natural disasters like earthquake, landslide, avalanche, falling rocks, soil erosion, etc. Nepal Earthquake 2015, April resulted in severe damages and to the destruction of some mountainous area affecting most of its trekking and climbing trails.
Heavy rain during monsoon season (June-September) causes a landslide and soil erosion at the hilly region, and the plains are often prone to flood. Causes damage to readily available travel infrastructure and mostly telecommunication services, making it harder to locate if you face any difficulties during hazards. You might want to consult your travel agents about the condition of Nepal before you land and plan your travel accordingly. Inform your family or friends about your specific locations and detailed itinerary beforehand. Make sure your trekking permits have been appropriately registered at every checkpoint and have full knowledge of where you are walking. Avoid the possible risk and be safe.
If you are trekking above 18,000 feet altitude, there is a maximum chance of experiencing acute mountain sickness regardless of who you are. AMS occurs due to lack of hydration in high altitude where the air density is very thin. Make your concept clear that it is not a disease, and its only one solution is getting into lower elevation. Do not panic when you face AMS symptoms, as it is very easily curable but do not neglect it as it could be fatal. Keep yourself hydrated, walk-on very constant pace, do not speed up and take a day off to acclimatize with the altitude. A day off in trekking usually means engage yourself in short day hikes and giving your body a good exercise. If you feel like taking a medicine for preventing AMS, you can consult with medical professionals in Kathmandu. Taking supplemental travel and evacuation insurance is strongly recommended.
There are various types of insurance you might want to take before you land in Nepal. One of the primary insurance is emergency evacuation insurance if trekking or climbing is your primary purpose. As the name implies ’emergency,’ if you are stuck on any mountain or foothills being injured or lost, only probable rescue would be via helicopter. The are various rescue agents in Nepal, some of them are reliable, whereas some of them are scams. Lately, there have been rumors of helicopter rescue scams as well. Consult with your travel agents with a reputed and responsible rescue team and apply for insurance before you visit Nepal or pre-approval from your health insurance or on-hand card payments could also be done. Please carry your passport and credit card details which might be used anytime at any condition.
Nepal has a hectic schedule during peak trekking seasons (spring and autumn). The hotel rooms and tea houses will be pack, and you might face scarcity in places. Make sure you pre-book rooms around your trekking areas, keeping aside your expectation for standard hotels at remote trekking routes. Due to high season and adverse weather conditions, the flight sometimes may be delayed or canceled as well. The probable mountain flight that could be a delay is Lukla (for Everest Base Camp trek) and Jomsom (for the Mustang trek). Make your plans according to it. Prepare for your projects and come with buffer days.
Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card is a mandatory card all trekkers must have to trek in Nepal. TIMS card will help you ensure safety and security in general trekking areas.
Trekkers can apply for TIMS card with related fees, xerox copy of a passport and a photo either at the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) (Kathmandu/ Pokhara) and the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). The fees are USD 10 for group trekkers and USD 20 for the free individual trekker. Local trekking agencies can facilitate you with obtaining your TIMS card and other essential trekking permits as well.
There are certain areas in Nepal which are declared as restricted areas and require specific permits and fees. Check on www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/ for more information or inquiry with your respected travel agencies. Restricted areas also require particular criteria for helicopter rescues; make sure to fulfill every condition to prevent delay in assistance in a medical emergency.
Apart from trekking, you can encounter various outdoor adventurous activities like swimming in Phewa lake, paragliding, Bungy jumping, Rafting, mountain biking, etc. which come with a variety of risks. Many tourists have drowned in Phewa lake and other lakes in Nepal due to flash floods by heavy monsoon rain. Recently, few tourists lost its life by getting on paragliding solo, and several have injured in these few years. Therefore it is better for you always to ensure your safety from such risks.
In recent trends, many foreign people are coming to Nepal for volunteering, and Nepal’s Department of Immigration considers it as work. Hence, make sure you have a work permit for volunteering in Nepal, tourist visa won’t work, which will result in severe punishment by immigration authorities.
Some foreign people show generous kindness by willing to help orphanages, especially with differently-abled persons or other organization by volunteering, donating money or goods, etc. We believe such opportunities should be continued in the future. But be aware of scams where some organizations try to attract donation from the international platform in the name of a non-profit organization, ask for financial support from volunteers and dissolve that money. They use trafficked children and hide child exploitations. Be aware of such scams and research correctly on articles about real volunteering in Nepal. Do not forget to read a recent report regarding ethical volunteering prepared by a U.S.-based NGO which focus on issues relating to ‘voluntourism.’
Travelers should fill out a customs declaration form to declare with the import or export of currency that exceeds USD 5,000 as required by the Government of Nepal. There are no such banks or money exchange offices in Nepal accepting the U.S issued traveler’s cheque or cash U.S cheques. So, travelers should exchange cash USD for NPR either at a bank or money exchange office or withdraw from an ATM. We instead suggest you take assistance from reputed banks and exchange offices rather than using ATM service because of ATM scams. If you are traveling from India to Nepal, make sure that you do not carry 500 or 1000 Indian rupees which are not legal in Nepal. You can use currencies of 100 or less than that. You can exchange Indian money at the border or banks as well.
An individual should keep a copy of the declaration form after it is officially endorsed and stamped by customs officials to prevent any problems during departure. Violation of this requirement will cause you severe consequences, including confiscation of valuables like cash, jewelry. They might as well charge you with fines or to an extreme level imprison you.
Nepal customs regulations are complex. Individuals are not allowed to carry any amount of pure gold and gold jewelry exceeding 50 grams or silver exceeding 500 grams into Nepal. It might result in you to detention or confiscation of valuables or payment of equivalent fines to release valuables.
Nepal has strict rules and regulations on export and import of significant items. We suggest you to avoid carrying valuable metals, artifacts of archeological or religious importance, wildlife trophies, illegal drugs or arms and ammunition. Things like household pets, communication equipment, and few other items are termed as sensitive items which need special permits and procedures for importing via airlines. In most of the regions of Nepal, the use of drones requires special permission from the Home Ministry and other related government authorities.
Individuals from abroad who wish to donate items to schools, hospitals, and other social organizations in Nepal should obtain prior approval from the Ministry of Finance for waiver of the customs fees. One should send a formal requisition letter including detailed information about the items to be imported and the organization of Nepal who receives it to below-mentioned address:
Ministry of Finance
The Secretary will review the request and forward it to the Ministerial level for final decision and approval. Authorities process all requests on a case-by-case basis, which might take a certain amount of time. The intended recipient(s) should coordinate with the Ministry to get requests processed on time. For further information, check on https://www.customs.gov.np/
Dual nationality is not accepted in Nepal. If any Nepali citizen adapts as a foreign citizen, a respective person loses its Nepalese citizenship. Individuals’ maintaining both nationality passports faces difficulties entering or exiting Nepal. If you are an overseas citizen of Nepalese origin, you can apply for a special visa called a “Non-resident Nepali” (NRN) Identity card. You can use this ID card to open a local bank account, establish your own business, or buy certain types of property, subject to certain restrictions.
Nepal lies at the boundary between Indian and Tibetan tectonic plates, which makes it a seismically active region. The most recent and significant earthquakes were on April and May 2015, causing extended human life and property damages in the Kathmandu Valley and associated districts. Nepal is also exposed to flooding and landslides in monsoon season. Due to such a natural disaster, various emergency response vehicles, medical services might not be available on time and add to the crises at the moment. Be open to such incidents before you visit Nepal.
Religious conversion and reclamation are made illegal in Nepal since August 2018.
Nepalese people are coming forward with Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) rights in an open space. We believe it same-sex sexual activity is not a crime. However, Nepal remains a conservative and traditional society despite its modernization. We request LGBTI travelers to respect our culture and maintain your privacy avoiding public displays of affection.
The political scenario of Nepal is often fragmented. The instability sometimes causes tension around various parts of Nepal, occasional bomb-blast, and violence tags along with real risk in Nepal. Such incident harms no foreign interest directly but usually causes damage to infrastructure, property, and individuals an injury. Local group extorts and threats to private business and aid organizations including domestic and international schools within Kathmandu Valley, and the Embassy is well aware of it. Comparatively, the Terai region of Nepal (southern plains) which borders to India is prevalent to more violent political activity.
The unrelaxed holiday due to political strikes and many other unpredictable reasons known as Bandhs in Nepal. It can cause education centers, transportation services, and office sectors to take daybreak or more than a day. It sometimes can be so overpowering, and it can even stop traffic. The strike makers can be so committed to their moto if anyone who doesn’t follow bandhs could be harassed or assaulted by their supporters. Usually, bandh organizers allow ambulance and Nepal Tourism Board marked buses to operate. So, if you are planning to land or take off during bandhs, make sure you get safely to your hotel or airport and avoid unnecessary political demonstrations and get involved in any checkpoints.
We can categorize crimes in following points that foreign tourists have faced but in relatively low frequency.
If, unfortunately, you face any crimes mentioned above, don’t panic and calm down first. Secondly, call the emergency number, 100 and report your situation and whereabouts, they are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes. You can also dial ”1144” to reach Tourist Police who are standby to help you with excellent English language capabilities in any popular tourist areas. You may always contact your tour operator or related embassy or consulate in Kathmandu for assistance.
Sexual assault victims might be more comfortable approaching the Embassy before reporting the crime to local jurisdiction. In such event, the Embassy can assist you with: