Entry Visa for Nepal
- What do I do when I arrive at Kathmandu airport?
You will be transported mostly by bus or you may need to walk a few hundred meters from the plane to the immigration office. That is where you will process your entry visa.
- How do I obtain the entry visa?
You will apply for a tourist visa and that is an easy process. You will need to complete a simple application form. Find the form here: http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa
Android mobile app for online visa application:
Note: We recommend looking at this online form so that you will know what information you will need to provide on the entry visa application form.
There are three options for completing the entry visa form:
- Online at your home, before you leave for the World Gathering; this will be stored in the immigration system for 15 days from the date you submit the form online.
Follow the link above for the visa form, complete the form, upload a digital photo (size 1.5″X1.5″) and submit the form online. After successful submission, you will get an email with a receipt. Print the receipt. Carry that receipt with you to Nepal. Once you arrive in the Kathmandu airport immigration office, go to the bank located in a corner at the airport immigration office and pay your visa fee, you will get a receipt for that too. Present the application receipt and visa fee payment receipt along with your passport at the nearby immigration counter.
Note: When you get an email with a receipt after submitting the visa form online, you will also receive additional some advice/info to help further.
- Online at the airport in Kathmandu
When you get to the immigration office at the Kathmandu airport, you will find 12 machines for visa applications. Go to a machine and scan your passport. The machine will display the visa form. After you have completed the application form (which will take a few minutes), the machine will print a slip for you. A photo will not be necessary for this as there is a photo already printed in your passport and the machine will copy that photo. Take that printed slip, go to the bank to pay the visa fee and then you will get a visa fee receipt. Approach the immigration counter and present your printed slip and visa fee receipt and wait for the visa to be issued.
- Manual visa form at the airport in Kathmandu
When you get to the immigration office at the Kathmandu airport, look for a print copy of a visa application form (or ask someone around to find it) and complete the form manually. You will need to have a passport size colour photo (1.5”x1.5”) with you, which will be attached to the form. This photo cannot be obtained at the airport. Then, go to the nearby bank counter to pay the visa fee, collect the payment receipt from the bank. Then, approach the immigration counter nearby and present your completed application form and visa fee receipt and wait for the visa to be issued.
Note 1: You will also need to complete an arrival card at the Kathmandu airport (very short and simple slip) and present this at the immigration counter. Some airlines will provide the card before you land at Kathmandu airport. Otherwise, you can find the card at the immigration office at the airport.
Note 2: Please use the following address for the hotel in your visa application form where required:
Park Village Resort
Hotel name: Park Village Hotel Private Limited
Ward No: 3
Postal Address: P. O. Box- 21218
Telephone No: 00977-1-4375280/279
- How much is the visa fee?
For 15 days: US$ 25
For 30 days: US$ 40
For 90 days: US$ 100
- How do I pay visa fee? What currencies are accepted? Can I pay with a credit card?
- You go to the bank counter located in the immigration office at the Kathmandu airport to pay the visa fee.
- RECOMMENDED form of payment is US$ CASH. So, bring US$ at least enough to pay the visa fee so that it is easier to handle.
- Currencies accepted at the bank are listed here:
- Some credit cards are also accepted by the bank. But it is not always dependable since the tech system in the bank sometimes may not behave properly.
- What languages is the application form available in?
- What do I do if I have a problem in getting the visa? (Not in case you are in trouble because of illegal activity).
- What to expect once you get the visa?
Once the visa is granted on your passport, go downstairs to the next floor to collect you luggage. Then, exit through the nearby arrival gate. Once outside, look for sign that says AVP or someone wearing a silly hat (it will be obvious). Someone will be waiting for you to take you to Park Village Hotel.
ATMs / Cash Machines
Is there an ATM / Cash Machine at or near Park Village Hotel?
Yes, there is an ATM / Cash Machine at Park Village.
Are ATMs / Cash Machines available everywhere in Kathmandu?
ATMs are available easily in Kathmandu, if not everywhere.
Are ATMs / Cash Machines safe to use?
Mostly safe; may be not always. We advise you to use it safely, for example: type your pin code secretly. If you don’t know how to do this, please ask one of the AVP Nepal reps at the gathering.
What international card system(s) can be used?
Visa card is recommended. Some cards work better in some banks; meaning sometimes your card (other than visa card) may not work in one bank’s ATM but may work in another bank. MasterCard, American Express and InG might work and might not.
Conclusion: If you have visa card, you can depend on that. But if you are carrying other cards, be prepared for other options when your card does not work.
Money in general
Where should I exchange money?
You will be picked up from the airport to the Park Village. So you would not need local currency at the airport.
Park Village offers a currency exchange facility on your arrival up to US$300 and you will need to show your passport for this. Hotel charges a little more commission than the rate set by the Central Bank. For example: for 24 October, National Bank rate was US$1= 103.74 Nepalese Rupees. The Hotel rate was: US$1= 101.74.
AVP Nepal will also assist you to exchange money and there will be announcement about this. Feel free to ask one of Nepali AVPers.
How much do basic things cost?
Bottle of water- 20 to 30 Nepalese Rupees. Mid-range lunch- 4 to 7 US$. Chocolate bar- 3 to 6 US$. Souvenir post card- 1 to 2 US$.
Can I use a credit card to pay for things?
Mostly not; but yes in some big departmental stores.
Where can I wash clothes?
Park Village has this facility, but it will have a cost. We will try to give other options in this regard in the information sheet you will receive on your arrival at the venue.
How do I take public transportation?
Normally, hold out your arm to stop the public transportation. But it can be a crowded and uncomfortable journey.
Is it safe for me to take public transportation?
It is mostly safe; but can be exhausting and crowded.
Will a universal power plug adapter work in Nepal?
In some cases yes, and sometimes not. Please bring your own universal adapter. It is not expensive to purchase a connector (about 3-4 US$) if you need one. Let an AVP Nepal team member know if you need help with this.
Will I be able to purchase a SIM card for mobile phone?
You can easily get a SIM card. You will need to provide a copy of your passport and go to a communications shop. Ask one of the AVP Nepal team members if you want this once you arrive.
Can I drink water from the tap in Nepal?
Is it safe for me to eat fresh fruits and vegetables in local restaurants?
Fresh fruits- maybe not, especially if you have a sensitive stomach. Eating cooked vegetables in local restaurants is okay.
What will the weather be like?
Expect temperatures of 24-26°C / 74-76°F during the day and 9-11°C / 50-52° F at night.
Rain is not expected during the week of the gathering.
Be prepared for even colder weather all of a sudden. Occasionally, it drops a little lower than mentioned above.
Tips from an experienced traveller
Jet lag is the difficulty adjusting to local time and it is mostly experienced after you have arrived at your destination. The symptoms are waking up in the middle of the night and feeling sleepy or falling asleep during the day.
- Tips to reduce jet lag:
- Set your watch/phone to Kathmandu time at least 24 hours before your arrival. Try to ‘psyche’ yourself into that time as frequently as possible. Don’t forget that your watch is not set to your home city or your connection city. I have missed a fight making that mistake!
- If you are someone who easily falls asleep on planes, limit that sleep so that when you arrive you are sleep deprived. For those who cannot sleep on planes, arriving sleep deprived comes naturally.
- On the day of arrival force yourself to stay awake until your normal bedtime. By the time you do crawl into bed you will be so tired that you will sleep like a baby until the next morning.
- Resist the temptation to sleep during the day throughout your time in Nepal.
- Avoid consuming alcohol during travel. Drink lots of plain water. The sugar in soft drinks and the caffeine in tea and coffee tend to disturb your sleep patterns.
- Bring eyeshades and ear plugs to help you sleep on the plane.
- Dress comfortably including comfortable footwear.
Dehydration is inevitable on long flights due to the low cabin pressure and the exceptionally dry air. Guess what – drink lots – plain water in particular. Drink until you need to pee a lot. The seatbelt light can be on for long periods of time (requiring you to stay in your seat). Take opportunities to pee when you can. Waiting long to pee can be very uncomfortable.
DVT risk (deep vein thrombosis).
Do not underestimate this risk. I did and had a bad scare with leg pain that was probably a DVT. I was lucky!
- Wearing knee high compression socks/stockings (available at most airports or less expensively online ) is the safest way to avoid DVTs.
- Get out of your seat every hour and walk up and down the aisle (set your watch or phone to remind you if you can).
- If you cannot get up, exercise your legs in your seat. Most airlines provide written instructions on how to do this or see here
- Take half an aspirin (not paracetamol) every 12 hours, starting 24 hours before you travel and continue until you arrive. Bring enough aspirin for the return journey.
Try to avoid travelling with a blocked nose. Antihistamine tablets may help. If your nose blocks try to clear it frequently. To equalise the pressure, hold your nose and blow until you feel yours ears pop.
- Lack of sleep
- Ear plugs
- Eye shades
- Sleeping tablets such as Benadryl (don’t overdose – see notes on jet lag)
- Dress comfortably including a warm layer. Planes can be uncomfortably hot or uncomfortably cold.
Poor or insufficient food
I carry a supply of my favourite foods with me. I have never had a problem going through security with food, only with liquids. Any unpackaged leftover food must be eaten or discarded before you go through customs. Be prepared to throw away anything the airport authorities will not permit.
If you require a special meal – vegetarian (with or without dairy), vegan, halal, asian vegetarian etc, you must request it from the airline at least 24 hours before you fly. If you are flying with more than one airline, you must make the request for each flight with each carrier.
Bring a lightweight cushion and/or neck pillow. Be aware that many seats (even economy seats) have neck cushion adjustments.
It does happen. If you have a single ticket for your flight, insist that the airline find alternative flights and provide food and accommodation as needed.
Don’t forget reading material, games etc. On a long trip, the batteries in your personal electronic devices will run down. Bring headphones to connect to the plane’s entertainment system.
Check with your airlines what you can bring in your checked and cabin luggage. Liquids, knives, scissors and tools are not permitted in the cabin. You will have to say goodbye to them when you go through security.
Pack very lightly. If you are new to travel, the tendency is to pack much too much. Allow for cool weather in Kathmandu (9°C/47°F at night;18°C/64°F during the day).
Think carefully about what you might need in the cabin (carry your travel documents and valuables with you) and put everything you don’t need, in your checked baggage. In most instances, you will not see your checked baggage again until you land in Kathmandu.
Enjoy your trip
If you are new to flying, treat every moment as an adventure. Most fellow travellers are friendly and often lonely. Many are willing to chat and share.
If you look closely at a world map, nestled between China and India you’ll find the tiny country of Nepal, a stunningly beautiful land cradled in the lap of the Himalaya Mountains, the world’s highest mountain range. For all who stand in awe of nature’s grandeur, Nepal is the must visit of a life time. It’s a place to fall in love. Its beauty is breathtaking, and the ethnic, cultural and religious diversity and the friendliness and openness of the Nepali people are quite special.
The 2017 AVP International World Gathering will be held at Park Village Hotel, which is located at the northern edge of the Kathmandu Valley, just below the subtropical Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park, less than half an hour’s drive from central Kathmandu or the airport.
Click here to visit the Hotel website
Nepal is the perfect place for extreme adventure. Mountaineering, the highest marathon on earth, bungee jumping, rafting and kayaking, canyoning, mountain biking, rock climbing, short to long trekking, jungle safaris, paragliding, and mountain flights are just some of the exciting activities on offer. If you prefer to take things a little slower, perhaps you’d like to shop for a beautiful singing bowl or your first sari, or you find tranquility in meditation, enjoy a spa, visit holy places and monasteries or quietly walk the forest paths.
The AVP International World Gathering offers an excellent opportunity to visit Nepal and explore its uniqueness.