Tourist visa application guide for entering Nepal at Kathmandu Airport
Traveling to Nepal is fairly easy when it comes to the visa application process.
This concise Tourist Visa application guide will make the whole process easy even for newbie travelers.
Tourist visas can be obtained on arrival at the Kathmandu Tribhuvan airport.
The whole process can take anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour or more depending on the season (October-November, and March-April are the busiest).
After your landing in Kathmandu, you will enter the main customs hall where you need to follow the “Foreigner” and “Visa Application” signs.
The flight attendants might hand out the “Arrival Information” forms on the plane. If they don’t, there’s no need to panic. You’ll find lots of these small forms on the left side of the main customs hall right after you enter.
This form is for the immigration officer, you can proceed to the visa application computers and pay your visa fee before having filled out the form. You can see this form in the picture below.
You will not actually need a printed passport photo as the computers take an electronic photo of you. With that said, it’s always safe to carry a few pictures of you in your wallet when you travel.
Up to 15 days = 15 USD
Up to 30 days = 40 USD
Up to 90 days = 100 USD
Transit = 5 USD
Next, go to the visa application computers where you will scan your passport and fill out basic information such as your name, e-mail address, the name of the hotel/place you will be staying at, whether you have visited Nepal previously, and the type of visa you want to apply for. Make sure to grab the “Visa Entry Receipt” (also pictured above) that you will need at the visa payment counter.
Now head to the payment counter with your passport, visa entry receipt, the necessary amount of money (payable in major currencies and by credit card – see pictures below) and your Entry Information form and head to the visa fee counter.
You will receive one yellow and one green receipt that you will need to hand over to the customs officer together with your filled out Entry Information form and passport.
And now finally proceed to the Immigration Desk according to the length of visa you have applied for.
They are fairly friendly and might ask for your purpose of your stay, your occupation and about your previous visits. It always depends on your own situation so be prepared to answer a few basic questions.
And that’s it! Now grab your luggage from the luggage belt and start your adventures!
Welcome to Nepal! Namaste!
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