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Everyone traveling into Nepal is required to have a fully valid passport with at least six months of validity. Along with the passport, it is mandatory to have a valid visa for adults and children. You can obtain multiple entry visas in case you are traveling into another country from Nepal and coming back. However, this is not important as you can obtain a visa upon arrival easily. You can either apply for your visa in your own country providing that they have a Nepalese embassy or you can obtain one after you arrive in Kathmandu. Obtaining a visa in your own country will save you the time you will have to spend on queue however you might have to pay more in such cases. So, you are requested to check the prices of the visa if you are monitoring tightly how you are spending for your travel. You can get more information on visa rules and regulations at http://www.immi.gov.np/visa.

You can download a copy of the visa form that you can fill and bring along in case you want to avoid filling it at the entry point. Many people choose to obtain their visa on arrival at Kathmandu airport.As a result, at times the queues can be quite long particularly when several flights arrive at once although the process is usually very smooth and hassle free. It's best to have your passport photos in advance and to complete your visa form in advance of arrival but normally you can also get this done in the arrivals hall before you join the queue for your visa.

Visa Facility

Duration

Fee

Multiple entry

15 days

US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry

30 days

US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry

90 days

US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

For the first visit in one visa year (January to December), gratis visa for 30 days is available only for nationals of South Asian countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, visa can be extended from the Immigration Department on payment of visa fee as specified above.

Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal.

  1. Indian nationals do not require visa to enter Nepal.
  2. As per the Nepalese Immigration, Indian Nationals Traveling to Nepal must possess any One of the following documents.
  3. Passport
  4. Driving License with photo
  5. Photo Identity card issued by a Government Agency
  6. Ration Card with Photo
  7. Election Commission Card with Photo
  8. Identity Card issued by Embassy of India in Kathmandu
  9. Identity Card with Photo issued by Sub- Divisional Magistrate or any other officials above his rank

Nationals from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan will need to obtain a visa from Nepal Embassies or Diplomatic Missions in their respective countries, as they do not get a visa on arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal.

Tourists can stay for a maximum of 150 days in a visa year (Jan 1 to Dec 31).

For further information, please contact:
Department of Immigration
Kalikasthan, Kathmandu
Tel: 00977-1- 4429660 / 4438862 / 4438868/ 4433934
E-mail: mail@immi.gov.np
Web site: www.immi.gov.np

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Health and Safety

Health care services in Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara, and in other major cities are good. All kinds of medicines, including those imported from overseas, are available in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Valley also offers the services of major general hospitals and private clinics. Health posts have been set up by the Government in different parts of rural Nepal. For major health crisis or emergency, one may have to be evacuated to Kathmandu.?

Health and Safety Useful Tips:

  1. A travel insurance policy that covers medical treatment is recommended for all tourists.
  2. Similarly, we recommend you to make sure that the insurance covers activities such as trekking, rafting etc. that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal
  3. Getting special vaccinations are not necessary when visiting Nepal.
  4. We still recommend that you consult with your physician regarding special immunizing against any tropical disease.
  5. It may be a good idea to get a complete check up before departure.
  6. We recommend that you undertake training programs to be physically fit if you plan to go high-altitude trekking or mountaineering when you’re visiting Nepal.
  7. Please read up on altitude sickness (AMS), diarrhea, Giardia, Dysentery, Cholera, Hepatitis, Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Meningitis, Diptheria, Malaria and HIV/ AIDS. Information and little precautions can often save lives.
  8. Please make sure that food is thoroughly cooked and served hot when eating out.
  9. Please make sure that salads and fruits are washed with purified water or peeled when eating out.
  10. Beware of food that has been kept out in the open for long.
  11. Always make sure that your water is clean by opting for boiled and then cooled water, treated water or sealed water from a reputed brand.
  12. Always carry a bottle of water when trekking or venturing off away from the city/ town.
  13. Do not walk bare feet on damp mud and grass in unknown areas.
  14. Please do not swim in lakes and water bodies, especially where depth and vegetation are not known.
  15. Always carry and use mosquito repellant when in Terai region or during summers.
  16. Please have a handy medical first aid kit ready for any situation.

Medical Kit

A simple but adequate medical kit can be very useful while traveling. The following items are recommended: Aspirin of Panadol, for pain or fever; Antihistamine, as a decongestant for colds, allergies and to help prevent motion sickness; Antibiotics, useful if traveling off beaten track but they must be prescribed; Kaolin preparation (Pepto-Bismol), Imodium or Lomotil, for upset stomach; Rehydration mixture – for treatment of severe diarrhea; Antiseptic, mercurochrome and antibiotic powder or similar dry spray- for cuts and grazes.
Other things to be included are: Calamine lotion to ease irritation from bites or stings; bandages and band aids for minor injuries; scissors, tweezers, thermometer, insect repellent, sun block lotions, chopsticks, water purification tablets, throat lozenges, moleskin, Sulamyd 10 percent eye drops, paracetamol and antacid tablets.

Customs Formalities In Nepal

Customs: All baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs on arrival at the entry point. Personal effects are permitted free entry. Passengers arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) without any dutiable goods can proceed through the Green Channel for quick clearance without a baggage check. If you are carrying dutiable articles, you have to pass through the Red Channel for detailed customs clearance.

Import: Apart from used personal belongings, visitors are allowed to bring to Nepal free of duty: cigarettes (200 sticks) or cigars (50 sticks), distilled liquor (one 1.15 liter bottle), and film (15 rolls). You can also bring in the following articles free of duty on condition that you take them out with you when you leave: binoculars, movie or video camera, still camera, laptop computer, and portable music system.

Export: The export of antiques requires special certification from the Department of Archaeology, National Archive Building, Ram Shah Path, Kathmandu. It is illegal to export objects over 100 years old, such as sacred images, paintings, manuscripts that are valued for culture and religious reasons. Visitors are advised not to purchase such items as they are Nepal's cultural heritage and belong here.

Driving into Nepal: Overland tourists entering Nepal with their vehicles must possess an international carnet.

Temperatures in Nepal

Average Temperatures in Nepal (Degree Celsius)

Months

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Katmandu

16/28

14/26

?7/22

1/20

1/18

4/20

7/25

12/28

16/30

1000 m

20/28

16/25

11/22

6/20

5/19

8/20

11/25

15/29

17/30

2000 m

13/22

10/21

4/17

1/14

0/13

1/14

4/18

8/22

12/23

3000 m

11/19

6/18

1/15

-2/13

-3/12

?-1/13

2/16

5/19

8/20

4000 m

1/13

-3/12

-8/8

-10/6

-12/4

-10/5

-6/9

?-3/12

-1/13

5000 m

-1/10

-6/8

-11/6

-13/4

-18/3

-14/5

-8/7

-4/11

-2/12