Tourist Visa for Nepal
Obtaining The Tourist Visa
Nepal's Tribhuvan International Airport is its only international airport, and tourists flying there are facilitated by the Immigration Office, TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport), which provides visas on arrival. The process for obtaining an 'On Arrival' visa is quick and simple, though there may be queues during peak tourist season. Alternatively, to skip the queues, visitors can obtain visas from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed abroad before arriving.
If a visitor obtains a visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions, they must enter Nepal within six months of the visa-issued date, and their total stay is counted from the day they enter Nepal. Visas obtained on arrival at the entry and exit points are classified as 'Tourist Visas,' which allow for multiple re-entry facilities. It is important to note that the 'Tourist Visa On Arrival' is the only entry visa available for visiting Nepal, even if one's purpose for visiting is not tourism (e.g., sightseeing, travel, mountaineering, trekking, visiting friends and family). However, if the purpose and length of stay in Nepal are different from those of a tourist, the visitor must change the visa category as per their requirements by producing the required documents to the Department of Immigration.
1. Online Visa Application
There are two options available for applying for a tourist visa to Nepal: online application and filling out printed forms upon arrival. However, opting for the online application process can expedite the visa acquisition process and save you from enduring long queues upon arrival. It is worth noting that the online application system retains your application for a maximum of 15 days. In case your application expires, you will be required to fill out the form again at the airport. To apply for a visa online in advance, you can visit the following link: https://nepaliport.immigration.gov.np/online.
You need to take care of the following things while filling up the visa application form (online or at the entry point)
- Please keep your valid passport at hand (passport must have six months validity from your travel date)
- Ready a recent digital photograph (size: 1.5” x 1.5”) in your removable device to upload your photograph for the application.
- Gather beforehand a detailed permanent residence address, and a detailed address in Nepal.
- You need to provide telephone numbers—landline and mobile
- You need to provide your email address too.
- The submitted application will remain in the system for 15 days. After 15 days, the application will be deleted automatically from the system.
- Once the application is successfully submitted, a receipt will be sent to your email immediately.
- Print the receipt and keep it with you as you need to show it before the Immigration Authority.
- For your convenience, the deadline to contact the Immigration Authority will be mentioned in the receipt. The receipt also mentions the documents you need to produce before the Immigration Authority at the time of getting a visa.
- Please contact the Immigration Authority within 15 days of the submission of the application.
For example, if you submit your extension application today, and your visa is expiring the next day, on the third day if you visit the Department of Immigration, you will have to pay a late fee for that day. In order to prevent this sort of hassle, please submit your extension application on time and get your visa renewed before crossing the expiry date.
When you contact the Immigration Authority, please make sure you have the receipt and proper documents with you including the necessary fee.
Here are the essential requirements for obtaining a Nepal visa upon arrival:
- A valid passport (Please note that the passport should have a validity of at least six months)
- You should fill out the application form for visa available at the airport or immigration entry points (you can fill up the visa application form in advance online at https://nepaliport.immigration.gov.np/online