Getting Tourist visa for Nepal is an easy job comparing to getting visa for other countries. For this we need to undergo with a few rules and regulations. The visa category differs according to you purpose of visit in Nepal. If we do not apply Nepal visa through the Nepalese Doplomatic Missions located at your home country, we get on arrival visa while entering into Nepal at Tribhuvan international airport.
Two ways of Getting Tourist visa for Nepal:
Apply Nepal visa through the Nepalese Diplomatic Missions located at your home country. If you obtain visa this way, you must travel Nepal within 6 months from the date of visa issued date.
Getting On-Arrival Visa at the immigration office at Trivhuban International airport. This is an easy task. We get visa within a few minutes. Even, we do not need to follow lengthy procedures.
But, in peak trekking seasons (Spring( March-May) and Autumn (Sept-Nov), we may have to stand in a queue in order to obtain Nepal visa at the immigration at TIA. Otherwise, we get an easy Nepal visa within a few minutes in off-seasons ( Summer and winter).
Obtained tourist visa, later, can be changed into other categories if they require meeting the other purpose of the visit of the visitors.
We require undergoing through a few steps in order to obtain On Arrival Visa for Nepal.
1. Filling up the arrival card
2. Filling in the Online “Tourist Visa” form
You can fill up this online form before arrival. But you have to submit the printed barcode that you get after a successful submission of the form for visit to the immigration at the airport. This receipt will be valid for 15 days. If you fail to submit the receipt with bar code, you need to fill up new form.
Or, we can fill up the visa form at the aiprot by using Kiosk machine at the airport on your arrival.
3. Paying the Visa Charge
After filling the visa form, we need to pay the charge of visa through bank which is inside the airpot premise. The number of days you are planning to stay in Nepal determines you visa charge. The longer you stay, the more you pay as visa charge.
Different visa charges ‘ On Arrival Visa for Nepal’ on days basis
15 days- 25 USD
30 days- 40 USD
90 days- 100 USD
4. Getting the receipt
On your payment, do not forget to ask and get the receipt.
5. Submitting your online form, payment receipt, and passport.
And, now, in no time or within a few minutes, we get Tourist Visa for Nepal in our hand.
However, there are a few cases where you do not need to pay for Visa in Nepal. There’s a provision of free visa for:
- Children below 10 years
- SAARC nationals ( except Afghanistan) for first 30 days of their arrival.
- Free visa for NRN cardholder issued by MoFA/ Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad
- Chinese Nationals
- Officials from China, Brazil, Russia, and Thailand (because of the reciprocal visa waiver agreement)
Extending Visa for Nepal
Sometimes, we do really want to spend more days in Nepal since your purpose is not fulfilled. It this case, we can extend our Nepal Visa. This process is more convenient that getting Tourist Visa for Nepal. For this, we need to contact the Immigration Office at TIA. We also get support from the Imigration Office located at Pokhara for extending Tourist Visa for Nepal.
But to extend other category of visas, there is no other ways except consulting the Department of Immigration, Kathmandu.
Nepal offers two types of Trekking: Teahouse and Camping Trekking. We need to check our pack list according to the trekking we like to do in Nepal. The following items are recommended as common trekking equipment for both types of trekking in Nepal. The larger item and amount of gear is to be carried for camping trekking where as a limited but not too limited items required to be carried with us for Teahouse trekking in Nepal. The trekkers who employ porters need to carry smaller backpack with some snacks, water, and camera and rain protector. But, those who are to carry all required equipment by themselves need to carry bigger backpack almost adjusting 17 kgs. Some of the items can be purchased in Kathmandu or Pokhara or in other major cities in Himalayas like Lukla nd Namche too. However, we recommend to get required trekking gears for Nepal trekking from your homeland or you get them in Kathmandu or Pokhara. The Himalayan cities are relatively expensive.
These are the recommended Nepal Trekking Gear List:
- Tent (only for camping)
- Sleeping Bag (-15 will work for all trekking routes in Nepal)
- Sleeping Pad
- Silk Liner
Nights at lower elevation will be mild but it will be freezing cold at higher elevation. We get a pair of blankets offered by the guesthouse or lodges in most of the places. But in peak season, we may not get this facility. So, we recommend carrying your own sleeping equipments. Even some trekking companies provide sleeping bags to the clients. Make sure of it before depart to the trekking.
- A Backpack (size depends on whether we have porters or not)
- A pair of Hiking boots ( make sure that it is reliable for the entire trip)
- A Pair of Walking shoes ( need for change after a long hike during the day)
- At least 4 pairs of Woolen socks (bring a few pairs of varying thickness)
- 2 pairs of Lightweight trekking pants
- 2 pairs Trekking shorts
- 4 pairs T-Shirts (lightweight wool is great)
- 6 pairs of Underwear
We will be trekking or hiking from hot to cold temperature varying to elevation. To suit this variability, we have to pack the gear accordingly. We recommend to bring backpacking boots which provide full support for our feet and protection too. A pair of normal walking shoes and a pair of hiking boots can be used according to the situation. But, during the hiking, you should feel convenient.
- Long underwear ( warm enough)
- Thermals ( upper and lower)
- Waterproof jacket and pants
- Heavyweight pants for higher elevations
- Heavy down jacket ( we can hire it in Kathmandu or Pokhara)
- Winter hat
- Winter gloves
- Water Purification (pump, tablets, or SteriPen; bring from home)
- Water Bottles (at least 3 liters total capacity)
- Baseball Cap ( protects strong sun at higher elevations)
- Hiking or Trekking poles
- Head Lamp With Extra Batteries
- Power Box or Battery Charger
- Camera With Extra Batteries
- Daypack (for your rain jacket, snacks, camera, water bottle etc.)
- Heavy-duty duffle bag (for porters which is normally provided by trekking company, make sure of it )
- Hand sanitizer
- Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, floss, etc.)
- Soap and Shampoo
- Face/body wipes
- Washing Liquid
- Lip Guard
- Medications ( for normal stomachache, headache, diarrhea, vomiting, fever and other according to your health condition)
- Duct tape (fixes just about everything, at least temporarily. To avoid carrying an entire roll wrap the desired amount around a pencil)
- First Aid Kit (with bandage for blisters, blisters are nasty in the mountain)
- Extra passport photos and photocopies of your passport
- Books of your interest
- Cards if you like to play in the evening at dinner
- Pastime of your interest ( easy to carry in the mountain)
Certain normal medications can be purchased in some major cities in the mountain like Lukla, Namche, Jomsom, Manang, Ghorepani and so on. However, we recommend to bring of your own.
We can wash T-shirts, shorts, shocks and pants on the way at guest houses where we spend the overnight. We carry them on our backpack during the daytime while hiking. However, we need to bring enough clothing for the entire trip.