If you are traveling to Nepal, you are in for one amazing holiday! In this post, we are going to talk about applying for a Nepal visa application as well as giving you everything you need to know about Nepal’s visa on arrival and how to extend your visa while in Nepal.
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Which Countries Need a Tourist Visa To Enter Nepal
First, understand that there are various types of visas: diplomatic visas, work visas, study visas, etc, but for this post, we are going to be discussing Nepal’s tourist visa application as well as visa extensions for the Nepal tourist visa.
ALL foreigners, except folks from India, must have a visa to enter the country of Nepal.
What You Need For Your Nepal Visa on Arrival Application
When arriving to Nepal, you’ll need to have the following items with you to get your Visa on Arrival.
- Six months remaining validity or more at the time of entry on your passport
- You will need a whole free page in your passport for the Nepal visa – yes, a whole page, the stamp is massive
- Visa Fee (major currencies only – USD, GBP and EUR, Nepalese currency not acepted)
The Cost for a Nepal Visa
Depending how long you are staying in Nepal affects how much you pay for your visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport for your Nepal Visa.
A single-entry tourist visas prices are below…
- 15 days = $25 USDs
- 30 days = $40 USDs
- 90 days = $100 USDs
NOTE: SAARC countries can get a 30-day visa for free on arrival.
Obtaining Your Visa On Arrival
Upon arrival at Nepal Tribhuvan International Airport make your way to immigration lobby of the airport.
Once you make it into the immigration lobby, you’ll notice kiosks to your left. This is where you will want to head to begin applying for your Nepal visa.
First, you’ll need to fill out a visa tourist application on the kiosk in order to get your visa on arrival to Nepal. Once you’ve filled out your Nepal visa application, the kiosk will also take a digital photo of you.
After you’ve completed your visa tourist application and had your photo taken on the kiosk, make your way to the immigration officer (most likely there will be a queue) to pay for your visa on arrival for Nepal.
IMPORTANT: You can not pay for a Nepal visa with Nepal currency (weird, we know). Instead, you’ll have to pay for the visa in a major currency like the US Dollar, British Pound or Euro.
Please have your foreign currency with you prior to arriving to Nepal. The ATMs are a nightmare and like when we arrived, were not working. Fun times.
Finally, after you’ve paid your Visa fee, you are stamped into Nepal. WELCOME (officially) TO NEPAL!
NOTE: If you are entering Nepal via overland travel, road borders where visa on arrival are eligible are at Nepalganj, Birganj/Raxaul Bazaar, Sunauli, Kakarbhitta, Mahendranagar, Dhangadhi and even the Rasuwagadhi checkpoint at the China/Tibetan border. However, be sure to check out the latest as things at the borders tend to change.
Extending Your Nepal Visa
So you love Nepal and want to stay? We totally get it, we did too. We paid for a 30 day visa on arrival, but wanted to stay past our 30 day mark.
Luckily, the visa extension process in Nepal is pretty simple and straightforward.
How To Extend Your Tourist Visa
In order to extend your Nepal visa, you’ll need to visit the Immigration Office in either Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Every visa extension requires you to have your passport, the extension fee (in Nepalese Rupees), one passport size photo and an application form.
NOTE: When we extended our Nepal Visa, we extended them in Kathmandu. At the Kathmandu Immigration Office, we were able to use the kiosks on-site to fill out our nepal visa extension application.
How Much Does It Cost to Extend Your Visa in Nepal
Depending on the length you want to extend your visa for, the cost differs.
- 15 day visa extension, expect to pay $30 USD
- 30 day visa extension, expect to pay $50 USD
Unlike when you paid the fee for your Nepal visa on arrival, a Nepal Visa extensions must be paid in Nepalese Rupees.
How Long Does It Take To Extend Your Visa
Surprisingly, not long at all! Which is amazing. From our Kathmandu Immigration Office experience, we had our 15 day visa extension in a few hours. Saaa-weet!
We submitted the necessary paperwork, paid the fee and waited in the lobby of the Immigration Office until our names were called.
Once our names were called, we met the Immigration Officer who gave us back our passports with a brand new extended visa stamp!
What Happens If I Overstay My Visa in Nepal
What happens if you’re on a trek and it is taking longer than expected? Well, don’t rush down, you kinda have some wiggle room!
If you overstay your visa, LESS THAN 7 DAYS, the fine is $2 USD per day for every day you stay past your visa. Again, this is only for the first 7 days past your visa expiration. You would pay this fine at the airport when you check into your flight.
If you stay past the 7 days of your visa expiring, you might not be allowed to board your departing flight
Where To Stay in Nepal
From Kathmandu to Pokhara to Chitwan National Park and all the other amazing cities and towns there are to experience in Nepal, check out the latest places and prices below to secure an unforgettable Nepalese accommodation.
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