Planning for Nepal VisitPosted on May 21, 2012 by DavidWolf under Travel Tips
If you have planned a holiday in Nepal,you have to find out how to get here cheaply and short transit hours at the most.There are 27 airlines operating to and from 21 destinations of 15 countries. The only flight from Europe is from Amsterdam and is operated by Arke Fly. There is only one international airport in Nepal at the elevation of 4390 ft and is situated 5.56 Km east of Kathmandu city. If you plan to travel to Nepal overland there are 7 more immigration offices across the country.
Indian nationals do not require visa to travel Nepal ,all the Indian nationals travalling to Nepal by air need to show on arrival either a passport or a valid photo identity card issued by the central or state government of India during their arrival.
All the foreign nationals need visa while traveling Nepal. It could be obtained at the Nepalese embassy or consulate or at the Tribhuwan International Airport on arrival. Chinese nationals are requested to obtain visa for the Nepalese diplomatic missions in china as they are not provided with visa on arrival. If you apply for 15 days multiple entry visa it costs USD 25. For 30 days multiple entry USD 40,and for 90 days multiple entry it will be USD 100.In case you need to extend the Nepalese visa for less than 15 days then you will have to pay USD 30,but if you are extending for more than 15days you will have to pay USD 2 per day. You can extend your tourist visa maximum for 150 days in a visa year i.e. from January to December.
Once you land in Kathmandu after the immigration clearance you will have clear the customs. For foreigners in case they bring any items of their own, no duty has to be paid. Alcohol 1.15 lit. ,cigaratte 200 pcs,cigar 50 pcs and tobacco 250 gms are allowed. 15 rolls of still camera film and 12 pcs of movie camera cassettes are allowed to bring without any duty. Medicines worth NRs 1000 ,food items worth NRs 1000 and fresh fruit worth NRs 1000 are allowed to bring. If you have currency more than USD 20000 or dutiable goods you have to declare it at the customs. Generally it is not a big hassle clearing the customs. After you are done with the customs you need to exit the arrival area. In the lobby there are kiosks for currency exchange. Here try to select government bank. If you have booked the hotel from your country, hotel will send their representatives at the airport to receive you. But if you are backpacking there are government controlled prepaid taxi service to any part of the city. It is safe and some how cheap and most importantly genuine. Once you get to the hotel then the real Nepal trip starts.