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Nepal –The nation of unity in diversity is known as “The Himalayan Nation”, “Land of Mount Everest”, birth place of Lord Buddha, birth place of Sita, the “Land of Living Goddess-Kumari” is dignified by the heroism of its brave warrior ancestors-the “Gurkhas” and mainly divided as Himalayan, Hilly and Terai (Madhesh) regions on the basis of climate and land structures.

Nepal is a country full of natural resources. It is known to be one of the richest water resources in the world. North border of Nepal is surrounded by the great Himalaya by 800 kilometers. The Himalaya has in it eight highest mountains out of those fourteen over 8,000 meters. The highest among them is Mt. Everest, standing proudly in the Himalayan region of Nepal.

The Himalaya gave birth to more than 6,000 rivers flowing from the Himalaya to the most fertile land in “Terai – Madhesh” of Nepal. Terai is the source of food grains to Nepali.

More than 60 ethnic groups live in Nepal and they have their own distinct culture and their own languages.

Boudhanath and Swayambhunath are the big stupa in the world for Buddhist to visit. Lumbini, the birthplace of Shakyamuni Buddha, from where the world knew the meaning of peace is in Nepal.

Nepal is no doubt the heaven to live and also the best destination to surf on for holiday pleasure.  ”Om Mahne Padme Hum” in Baudha Stupa and Swayambhu Stupa are smoothing and transcending enough to heal all the stress and provide pleasure of living.

Area:                        147,181 square kilometers
Geography:               Situated between China to the North and India to its South, East and West
Capital:                     Kathmandu
Language:                 Nepali, English
People:                     Nepal has more than 60 ethnic groups and 70 languages.
Currency:                  Rupee
Time:                        Nepal’s standard time is 5 hour and 45 minutes +GMT


Visa Information 

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.

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.


  • 1st  Step
    • 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 bar code, 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.


  • 2nd  Step 
    • Make payment  at the bank according to your visa requirement ( 15/30/90 Days)
    • Get the receipt

While you can use different modes of 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 – 25 USD

30 Days – 40 USD

90 Days – 100 USD


  • 3rd Step  
    • 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.


Gratis Visa (Visa for Free)

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

  • Children below 10 years
  • 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)
  • Chinese Nationals

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).