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Mobile: 9851093520
Tel no.: 977-01-4411142
GPO Box: 21952,
Thamel Marg, Thamel,
Kathmandu, Nepal

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Fee For Kathmandu Valley

Foreign Nationals

SAARC National

Nepalese

Narayanhiti Durbar Museum

NPR 500

500

100 (Student 20)

Ktm Durbar Square

NPR 300

100

free

Ktm Durbar Square museum

NPR 250

250

10

National museum, chhauni, ktm

NPR 50

10

10

Patan Durbar Square

NPR 200

25

free

Patan museum

NPR 250

25

10

Patan Golden Temple

NPR 50

20

Free

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

US$ 15

NPR 50

Free

National Art Museum Bhaktapur

NPR 100

50

20

Swayambhunath Stupa

NPR 200

50

Free

Buddhanath Stupta

NPR 100

20

Free

Pasupatinath Temple

NPR 500

500

Free

Changunarayan Temple

100

100

Free

Ethographic Musuem, Bhrikutimandap NTB

NPR 25

25

25


Visa information

Tourist visa:
The foreign tourist visiting Nepal shall be granted the tourist visa.

The tourist visa shall be granted for a period in maximum of 150 days in a visa year (Visa years means January to December).

A tourist who has departed before the expiry of the period specified in the visa issued in a visa year shall not be allowed to use the visa by adding the remaining period to another visa year.

If any foreigner who has entered into Nepal towards the end of a visa year desires to spend even the period during which he may stay in Nepal with the tourist visa of the other visa year, he may use such facility.

Tourist Visa FEE

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
Business Visa:

The business visa shall be granted to the following foreigners and their family on the recommendation of concerned agency:


Foreigners visiting Nepal from third country who export goods manufactured in Nepal through purchase or who place a purchase order for export.

Except as otherwise provided for in these Rules, the business visa shall be issued for a period not exceeding five years at a time; and its term may be extended as per necessity.

a) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub rule (2), a multiple business visa of  five years shall be issued for 90 days at one time for the foreigners pursuant to clause (c) subrule for stay in Nepal.


Official Visa:

The official visa shall be granted to the persons considered fit the following foreigners and their family upon recommendation of the concerned foreign diplomatic mission:

Administrative, technical and non diplomatic officials serving in a residential or non residential diplomatic mission, Consulate for Nepal and incumbent Nepalese honorary Consul Generals, Consuls and their family who visit Nepal from a foreign country,
Consultant experts who stay in Nepal under an agreement with Nepal Government,

Employees serving in the Nepal based offices of the United Nations or its agencies and the persons holding the laissez passez granted by the United Nations,

Employees serving in the international institutions or regional organizations located in Nepal.

Persons to come to participate in assembly, conference, training or meeting organized by Nepal Government or Nepal Government's undertaking agency or United Nations Organizations or Regional Organization or other agencies there under.

Non Tourist Visa :

The following foreigners and their family members shall be granted the non-tourist visa.
Foreigners involved in the social and economic development works approved by Nepal Government, under the expenses to be borne by governmental institutions of the foreign friendly nations;

Foreigners having obtained recommendation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to work in the institutions run by the foreign missions located in Nepal,
Foreign representatives having obtained recommendation from the Ministry of Information and Communications to work in foreign newspapers and news agencies,

Foreigners having obtained recommendation from the concerned Ministry to act as helpers of the foreigners having obtained diplomatic or official visas,
Foreigners having obtained approval from Nepal Government to work on remuneration basis in any firm, company, association, industry or enterprise within Nepal,

Foreigners having obtained recommendation from the Ministry concerned to work in any international airlines organization located in Nepal,

Foreign importer visiting Nepal from third country on the recommendation of foreign governmental agency or Federation of Industries and commerce or Chamber of Commerce of Foreign Country,

Foreigners who have marital relation with the citizens of Nepal and furnish the marriage registration certificate.

Foreigner of Nepalese origin or such children of a Nepalese father or mother, who have come Nepal to visit their relatives or Father, Mother, Brother or sister of the foreigner married with Nepalese citizen having recommendation letter of relationship from the concern embassy, who have come to Nepal to visit her/him.

Foreigners who come to Nepal to work, on the recommendation of the concerned Ministry pursuant to an agreement or understanding agreed upon at governmental or non governmental level.

Foreigners having obtained recommendation of the concerned Ministry to conduct feasibility study of an industry or enterprise for a period not exceeding 6 months. But the foreigner, according to this part, must submit the document of the source of investment, qualification of investor and details of experience along with the visa application form.

Group leader of the foreigners making application, accompanied by the recommendation of the Ministry of concerned, for making the tourists' tour in group in Nepal,

Foreigners who have obtained recommendation of the concerned Ministry and who have to come to work in Non-governmental organization as per the agreement concluded with Social Welfare Council or concerned Ministry.

Such foreigners as may be thought fit by Nepal Government.

The non tourist visa shall be issued for a period not exceeding one year at a time, and its term may be extended as per necessity.

An application has to be submitted in the format as referred to in Appendix 2 to obtain the non tourist visa.
Diplomatic Visa:

Except in cases where a special order has been issued by Nepal government the diplomatic visa shall be issued to a person holding a diplomatic passport issued from any country and recommended from the concerned foreign diplomatic mission for the diplomatic visa, to a person considered fit to be granted diplomatic privileges by Nepal Government and the family members of such person holding the diplomatic passport.


The diplomatic visa shall be issued on the basis of reciprocity; the term thereof may be extended at a time or from time to time for the term of the assignment in Nepal.


An application for the diplomatic visa has to be made in the format as referred to in Appendix 1. Provided, however that the application as referred to in Appendix 1 is not required to be submitted if request or recommendation, accompanied by the details, is made by a foreign diplomatic mission or a body authorised therefor.

Study Visa:

The study visa shall be granted to the foreigners and their family who, having obtained the approval of Nepal Government, come to study, teach or conduct research in any educational institute in Nepal.

Except for the foreigners who visit Nepal under the award of scholarship by Nepal Government or the accepted program of Nepal Government or Students and researcher under the agreement within the two universities or students from SAARC member states or students studying up to secondary level the foreigners intending to study and conduct research at their own will shall be granted the study visa only on the basis of the authentic source, in the case of the foreigner, to make expenses of at least three thousand American Dollars, grossly or on a monthly installment basis, per annum during their stay in Nepal, and in the case of their family, that of at least two thousand American Dollars per annum, or on the basis of the submission of a certificate of the exchange of foreign currency equivalent thereto or bank statement equivalent thereto.
The study visa shall be granted for one year at a time. In cases the visa has to be granted for a period in excess thereof, the term of the visa may be extended by taking into consideration of the study and research progress report of such person, his activities as well as other necessary matters. Provided, however, that in the case of a researcher or student, such extension of the term shall be only for up to the Period of research or that of educational degree under study.

3a.  Not withstanding anything written in clause (3), study visa may be granted to the student studying with technical subject, for total educational tenure of study.

The recommendation of the Ministry of concerned has to be submitted for the study visa.

Residential Visa:

The following foreigners and their family intending to spend life in Nepal shall be granted the residential visa:
Persons with international reputation,

Persons capable of rendering outstanding contribution to the economic, social and cultural growth of Nepal ,

Person, who has invested minimum one hundred thousand US dollars or convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto in industrial enterprise of Nepal at once.

Any foreigner intending to spend life in Nepal without carrying on any business.
The mission recommending for residential visa to the foreigner as mentioned in other clauses save the foreigner as mentioned in clause (d) of sub-rule (1) shall send the recommendation along with the application filled up by such foreigner to the Department through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Any foreigner intending to obtain the residential visa under clause (e) of sub rule (1) has to submit a certified document of the source of income of 20 thousand American Dollars or convertible foreign currency to be spent in Nepal and any foreigner intending to renew has to submit a certificate showing that he will spend or has spent in Nepal at least the same amount at one time or at several times per year.

Any foreigner intending to obtain the residential visa has to submit to the Department or the concerned mission an application in the format as referred to in Appendix 4.
Non-Residential Nepalese Visa:

If any foreigner of Nepalese origin residing in foreign country wish to reside or conduct business, profession or Study, teach in any subject in Nepal, non-residential Nepalese visa may be issued to him and of his family.

An application in the format under Appendix 3a may be submitted through Nepalese mission located in the foreign country or directly to the Department for the visa pursuant to Sub-rule (1).

The visa pursuant to Sub-rule (1) may be issued for up to 10 years at one time, and such visa may be extended as per necessity.
Transit Visa:

Foreigners, who have entered In Nepal to stay for a night in Nepal and willing to use Nepal's Air port to visit another country with plane ticket or Foreigners, traveling in the accidentally force landed plane for any circumstances shall be issued transit visa for one day.

A) Trekking Permit
A trekking permit is a must to visit restricted areas mentioned below. To visit normal trekking areas, no permission is required.

B) Restricted areas which have been opened for Group Trekking
The following restricted areas are open only for group trekkers. And a trekking permit will not be issued to individual trekkers for such areas. The areas and required fees are as follows:

Trekking

Trekking Permit Fee

1

i) Dolpa district

Per week per person US$ 10 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

For the first 10 days per person US $500 and After 10 days per day per person Us$50

a) Areas of lower Dolpa

b) Areas of Upper Dolpa

ii) Taplejung District

Per week per person US$ 10 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

2

Kanchanjanga Region

(Areas of Olangchunggola,
Lelep, Papung and
Yamphudin Village
Development Committee)

3

i) Mustang district. (Upper Mustang)

For the first 10 days per person US $500 and After 10 days per day per person Us$50.

4

iv) Gorkha District:

From September to November per week per person US$ 70 and After 7 days per day per person US$ 10.and From December to August per week per person US$ 50 and After 7 days per day per person US$ 7 /Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

A. (Manaslu Area)

B. Chhekampar & Chumchet VDC(Sirdibas-Lokpa-Cumling-Chhekampar-Nile-Chhule Area)

From September to November per person US$35 for first 8 days and from December to August per person US$25 for first 8 days or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

5

v) Dolakha District  (Gauri Shankar &
Lamabagar)

Per week per person US$ 10 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

vi)Humla District (Simikot and Yari):-

For the first 7 days per person US$ 50 and After 7 days per day per person US$ 7 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

Areas of Limi and Muchu
village Development
Committee, and area way to
Tibet via Tangekhola of
Darma Village Development
committee.

Trekking fee of other restricted areas imposed by Nepal government

6

vii) Rasuwa District :- Thuman and Timure

per week per person US$ 10, Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

7

viii) Sankhuwasabha District

For the first 4 weeks per week per person US$ 10 and After 4 weeks per week per person US$ 20, Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

(Makalu Region):-Areas of
Kimathanka, Chepuwa,Hatiya and
Pawakhola Village
Development Committee.

8

ix) Solukhumbu District

For the first 4 weeks per week per person US$ 10 and After 4 weeks per week per person US$ 20, Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

(Everest Region):-All north-
west area way from Thame
to Nangpala of Namche
Village Development
Committee

9

x) Manang District:- Areas of Nar, Phu, and Northern
area of Tilche Village of
Thochhe Village
Development Committee

From September to November per week per person US$ 90 and December to August per week per person US$ 75 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

10

xi) Mugu District:- Areas of
Mugu, Dolpu, Pulu and
Bhangri.

For the first 7 days per person US $90 and After 7 days per day per person Us$15 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency..

11

xii) Baihang District:-Areas
of Kanda, Saipal, Dhuli.

For the first 7 days per person US $90 and After 7 days per day per person Us$15 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency..

12

xiii) Darchula District:- Areas
of Byas Village
Development Committee.

For the first 7 days per person US $90 and After 7 days per day per person Us$15 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency..

 

Note:

  1. To get a group trekking permit an application form with other relevant documents should be submitted through any registered trekking agency of Nepal.
  2. Trekking fee can be paid in Nepalese currency: Notwithstanding anything written in above, the Indian citizen can pay in Nepalese currency equivalent to US Dollars.

TIMS
With the distinction of Nepal as a trekking destination and its growing charm, a provision of the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) has been implemented to ensure safety and security of the trekkers and to control illegal trekking operations.

As a trekker entering a protected area in Nepal, you will be asked to provide some information about the dates of your trip, the itinerary, and a contact number. These data will be inserted in the visitors’ database, where they can be accessed for park management purposes or in case of accidents and/or natural calamities, in order to inform the concerned institutions about the trekkers inside the park at anytime.

TIMS cards should be collected by both Free Individual Trekkers (FITs) and trekkers taking the service of government authorized trekking agencies.

Past experiences have revealed that difficulties were seen while carrying out rescue operations during times of accidents and natural calamities. Due to the lack of proper record system of trekkers, rescue and search missions used to face difficulties in spotting the missing trekkers. Based on the data collected through TIMS cards, however, it will be possible to know the position of a trekker in case a rescue operation is needed.

The provision of Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) came into effect on January 1, 2008. Since then, the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) started recording trekkers’ details and began issuing TIMS Card to trekkers.

NTB and TAAN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on March 18, 2010 to implement the TIMS system in a new format from April 1, 2010. NTB and TAAN have introduced separate TIMS Cards for FITs and organized groups. FITs need to have Green TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $20 per person, while those travelling in groups need to have Blue TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $10 per person. Trekkers taking the service of trekking agencies can pay fee for TIMS card in US dollars.

Where and how to obtain a TIMS Card?

Free Individual Trekkers:
Free Individual Trekkers can obtain TIMS cards at the offices of Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu and Pokhara, TAAN Secretariat at Maligaon and TAAN Pokhara Secretariat in Pokhara upon filling the TIMS application firm.

Organized Trekkers:
Trekking companies will collect trekkers’ data and enter it in the central database and will provide trekkers with a TIMS card after paying fee prescribed above.

Opening Hour/s:
-          TIMS counter at TAAN follows regular working hours (10am-5pm) and 365 days a year
-          NTB Offices follow government working hours and days.
-          Trekking agencies open 12 hours a day seven days a week.

Documents Required:
-       To obtain TIMS Card you need copy of:
a) Passport
b) two (2) Passport-size Photographs.


Why is TIMS Necessary?
The following considerations have been taken into account in the process of issuing TIMS:
All important details regarding trekkers and trekking routes shall be maintained in a computerized Database Management System, which can be useful for the trekkers’ safety and security. In order to help carry out search and rescue operations for trekkers in case of natural calamities and other accidents by means of Authentic Information Service. To maintain a record system that includes personal details of trekkers, trekking area, trekking routes, handling agencies, duration, etc. The data generated from the system will be useful to all concerned stakeholders such as tourism organizations, Government agencies, diplomatic missions, tour operators, research institute, etc.

Unauthorized trekking operations will be controlled, thus, resulting in better management of trekking services, which will not only benefit trekkers and field staff, but also trekking companies and Government agencies. Occasional untoward incidents will also be better prevented. Plus, TIMS will upgrade the service standard and will contribute to better management of sustainable mountain tourism development in Nepal.

TIMS will not be required for:
- Expedition members permitted to climb the mountains
- Visitors in the controlled areas with permits by the Department of Immigration
- Foreign guests invited by the Government of Nepal
- Authorities from the various diplomatic missions present in the country, who hold official letter/s and travel at their own risk
- Visitors on certain missions recommended by the concerned Governmental Department(s);
- Foreign Nationals possessing a residential visa.
Entry Fee Details
A trekking entry fee is required to trek in any part of Nepal. Most of the area in Nepal are categorized as per below. If you want to trek two areas, you will need two permits or have to pay entry fee twice. Each permit requires details for the route and region. Police checkpoints are set up in several areas so do not try to take risk, which might lead you to the punishment.

Following are the rates of entry permit according to conservation Area, National Park & Wildlife Reserve.


Conservation Area

Annapurna Conservation Area
For SAARC nationals Nepali Rupees 200 per person
For other nationals (other than SAARC countries) Nepali Rupees 2000 per person

 

Manaslu Conservation Area
For SAARC nationals Nepali Rupees 200 per person
For other nationals (other than SAARC countries) Nepali Rupees 2000 per person

 

Kanchenjunga Conservation Area
For SAARC nationals Nepali Rupees 100 per person
For other nationals (other than SAARC countries) Nepali Rupees 1000 per person


National Park

Langtang National Park
For SAARC nationals Nepali Rupees 100 per person
For other nationals (other than SAARC countries) Nepali Rupees 1000 per person

 

Chitwan national Park
For SAARC nationals Nepali Rupees 200 per person
For other nationals (other than SAARC countries) Nepali Rupees 500 per person

 

Khapatad National Park
For SAARC nationals Nepali Rupees 100 per person
For other nationals (other than SAARC countries) Nepali Rupees 1000 per person

 

Shey Phoksundo National Park
For SAARC nationals Nepali Rupees 100 per person
For other nationals (other than SAARC countries) Nepali Rupees 1000 per person

 

Sagarmatha National Park
For SAARC nationals Nepali Rupees 100 per person
For other nationals (other than SAARC countries) Nepali Rupees 1000 per person

Makalu Barun National Park
For SAARC nationals Nepali Rupees 100 per person
For other nationals (other than SAARC countries) Nepali Rupees 1000 per person

Rara National Park
For SAARC nationals Nepali Rupees 100 per person
For other nationals (other than SAARC countries) Nepali Rupees 1000 per person

Shivapuri National Park
For SAARC nationals Nepali Rupees 100 per person
For other nationals (other than SAARC countries) Nepali Rupees 1000 per person

Birdia National Park
For SAARC nationals Nepali Rupees 200 per person
For other nationals (other than SAARC countries) Nepali Rupees 500 per person


Wildlife Reserve

Parsa Wildlife Reserve
For SAARC nationals Nepali Rupees 200 per person
For other nationals (other than SAARC countries) Nepali Rupees 500 per person

Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
For SAARC nationals Nepali Rupees 200 per person
For other nationals (other than SAARC countries) Nepali Rupees 500 per person


Note:
Entrance fee not required for children under 10 years of age.
This entry permit is valid for one Conservation Area. Trekkers visiting both the Conservation Areas will require obtaining individual Entry Permits for each Conservation Area.
Two passport size photographs are required while applying for each Entry
Entry permit can be obtained from Trek Nepal Now Office in Thamel, Kathmandu


Terms and Conditions
This Entry Permit is valid for single entry only and is non refundable, non-transferable. The permit holder can enter the designated places within the Conservation Area.
Person entering the Conservation Area shall abide by the National Park and Wildlife Conservation Act 2029 B.S. (1973, Nepal) and the Regulations made under this Act.
This Entry Permit must be carried during the entire trip and should be shown if concerned personnel of the Conservation Area want to check it.
Entry permits to this are a will be issued only from the entry permit counters. Entry Permits will not issued from any check posts along the routes of those areas. Therefore, all visitors are requested to obtain entry permit before entering those areas.

 

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