Visa Information

Visas may be issued by the Foreign Ministry of Nepal or by Mission , the immigration office or any authority  designated by Nepal Government
Immigration Office

The Department of Immigration
Tel : 977-1-4223590, 4222453, 4223681, 4221996, 4224757
Fax : 977-1-4223127
Email :

Office Hours
Monday to Friday : 9:00 a.m. – 17:00 p.m. in summer
9:00 a.m. – 16:00 p.m. in winter (Mid-Nov. to mid -Feb.)

Application Hours
Monday to Friday : 9:00 a.m. – 15:00 p.m. in summer
9:00 a.m. – 14:00 p.m. in winter

Except in circumstance where Government of Nepal has issued a special order, diplomat visa shall be issued to any individual who has obtained a diplomatic passport from any country, or to whom Government of Neapl has considered it desirable to provide diplomatic privileges, as well as to the families of such individual.

Official visas shall be issued to employees of foreign diplomatic mission or consulates in Nepal who have obtained official passports.
Foreign advisors and experts staying in Nepal under agreement with Nepal Goverment.
Employees of offices of the United Nations Organization or its constituent agencies situated laisser passers issued by the United Nations.
Volunteers and families of such employees or individuals.

Foreigners of the following categories shall be granted non tourist visa
Foreigners who want to study,teach or engage in research at any educational institution in the Nepal.
Foreign employees of the office of any international air lines located in the Nepal.
Foreigners appointed on remuneration basis in any firm,company or agency within the Nepal.
Foreigners desirous of engaging in trade within the Nepal.
Foreigners wishing to visit the Nepal as representatives of a foreign news paper,magazine,or news agency.
Foreigners having matrimonial relations with Nepali nationals and their children.
Relatives of foreigners in possession of deplomatic or official visa and those who visit as nurses.
Foreigners with joint investments in bussinesses or industries approved by Nepal Government.
Wives and childrens of foreigneres who have been granted non tourist visas under these regulations.

Tourist visas shall be issued to tourist.
Term of Extension of Tourist visas
In case any tourist desires to extend his living the Central Immigration office may do so a maximum period of one month at one time and other immigration offices or else the local police office may do so by a maximum period of seven days at one time,in such a way that the totel term of the visa does not exceed three months.

In case it becomes necessary for any tourist to extend the term of his visa beyond the three month period for any proper reasons the central immigration office may extend the trem by a maximum period of one month with the approval of the Ministry of Home

Any tourist who re enters into the Nepal within less then three month from the date of his last departure from the Kingdom of Nepal shall be granted a visa valid for maximum of one month only

Tourist shall be allowed to re enter into the Nepal ordinarily only after one month from the date of their departure from the Nepal.

Foreigners staying within the Nepal on the basis of tourist visa must refrain from acting as follows

Working in any association or on an individual basis on remuneration of any kind or as volunteers.
Engaging in non tourist activities by altering the purpose of tour

In case any foreigners possessing a valid passport or any ststeless foreigner not possessing any passport enter the Nepal without obtaining a visa from any mission the immigration office of the entry point may issue a tourist visa for a trem not exceeding 15 days.

Interim visas shall be issued to foreigners who enter into Nepal on their way from one country to another or who are sent back to the Kingdom of Nepal after being denied entry into other country after departure from Nepal.
Visa to be issued under Sug Rule (1) shall be valid for a period not exceeding one week.

Foreigners of the following categories who wish to spend their life in the Nepal shall be granted residential visas.
Person of international reputation.
Person who have rendered spcial and contribution in the economic, social and cultural fields of Nepal.
Person who have rendered any distinct contribution to the development of the Nepal.
Person whom Nepal Government deems fit for settlement in Nepal.

People of these countries do not get visa on arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal:
1. Nigeria
2. Ghana
3. Zimbabwe
4. Swaziland
5. Cameroon
6. Somalia
7. Liberia
8. Ethiopia
9. Iraq
10. Palestine
11. Afghanistan

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  1. People of these countries do not get visa on arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal:- Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan.
  2. All foreign visitors are requested to be mindful of the date of Nepalese visa and their passport number to avoid possible problems. As such, you are requested to apply for visa extension, if you wish so, apply within the valid period of Nepalese visa.
  3. You are requested to get the arrival/departure stamps on your passport at the entry /exit points to avoid further legal complications.
  4. Living in Nepal without passport or a valid visa is a punishable offence.
  5. Deviation from the prescribed routes mentioned in the trekking permit will be treated as the violation of the law.
  6. You are advised to be aware of brokers/cheaters or any counterfeit documents of visa/trekking permit to avoid legal complications.
  7. Change of purpose of stay without permission is not allowed and employment or voluntary services while on a tourist visa is strictly prohibited. It will be a punishable offence.
  8. Be sure to register at the police and Immigration check point along the trial. It will be wise for to register your trekking destination and schedule at your Embassy or Consulate.
  9. If you encounter problems along the trails, inform immediately to the nearest police or Immigration post.
  10. You are requested to change money with recognized dealers and do not forget to take formal receipts.
  11. You are requested to inform the Immigration Office or Police Station for any changes in your address previously given in the visa application form.
  12. You are advised to be mindful to contact the Dept. of Immigration for visa transfer in case of getting new passport or travel document from your embassy.
  13. Passport and trekking permits should be kept by the trekkers while trekking.
  14. Filming in restricted areas or notified areas without permission is strictly prohibited.
  15. Please don’t take out the visa stickers from your passport and do not try to change records printed in your passport.
  16. We request for your co-operation to observe the following guidelines during your stay in Nepal. Respect local traditions, customs, values and sentiments, help to protect local culture and maintain local pride.

    a) Respect privacy while taking photographs.
    b) Respect holy places.
    c) Refrain from giving money to the children since it will encourage begging.
    d) Respect for local etiquette earns you respects.

  17. If you make change in your address of residence mentioned in the visa application form or disembarkation card, must furnish to the Immigration Department, Immigration Offices or local police offices with a notice containing name, passport number and new address as well within seven days.
  18. If your stay period as a tourist is more than 120 days in one visa year and wish to visit other places for spending more than 24 hours, you have to register in the local police office of such place with your name, passport number and address as well.
  19. Let Himalayas change you – Do not change them, so remember, while you are on trekking.

    a) Leave the camp site cleaner than you have found it.
    b) no open fires.
    c) Burn dry papers and packets in a safe place.
    d) Keep local water clean and avoid using pollutants.
    e) Plants should be left to flourish in their natural environment.
    f) Help your guides and porters to follow conservation measures

  20. Protect the natural environment.

    a) Leave the camp site cleaner than you have found it..
    b) no open fires.
    c) Burn dry papers and packets in a safe place.
    d) Keep local water clean and avoid using pollutants.
    e) Plants should be left to flourish in their natural environment.
    f) Help your guides and porters to follow conservation measures