Travel Insurance

We recommend getting personal travel insurance while you make travel arrangements in your home country. Make sure that your personal insurance covers helicopter rescue and evacuation.  Every trekker is supposed to leave a copy of travel insurance with the company, which is organizing the trip. Before your trips to the mountainous areas we recommend to make the registration in your respective Embassy in Kathmandu.

                                                                                       

Travel Insurance Companies

 

Worldwide

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Australia

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Germany

ALLIANZ INSURANCE

DKV INSURANCE

ERV

United Kingdom

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ADVENTURES INSURANCE

STA TRAVEL INSURANCE

KE ADVENTURE INSURANCE

DOGTAG UK

USA and Canada

DOGTAG USA

HCCMIS INSURANCE

IM GLOBAL

Tourist Visa

Visiting Nepal as a tourist, you can easily obtain Visa on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on Nepal-India border and Kodari on Nepal-China border.

The tourist visa is usually granted for a period of 90 days and can be extended up to a maximum of 150 days in a visa year (visa year means January – December). Visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. Visa can also be obtained (renewal purposes) at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required.

Fee structure:
– USD 25 for 15 days Visa
– USD40 for 30 days Visa
– USD100 for 90 days Visa
Please note: visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.Gratis VISA: for first visit in one visa year (January to December), gratis visa for 30 days is available only for nationals of South Asian countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, visa can be extended from the Immigration Department on payment of visa fee as specified above.
Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal.

For Indian National
Indian nationals do not require visa to enter Nepal.
As per the Nepalese Immigration, Indian Nationals Traveling to Nepal must posses any one of the following documents.
1. Passport
2. Driving License with photo
3. Photo Identity card issued by a Government Agency
4. Ration Card with Photo
5. Election Commission Card with Photo
6. Identity Card issued by Embassy of India in Kathmandu
7. Identity Card with Photo issued by Sub- Divisional Magistrate or any other officials above his rank
Also, please check with your nearest travel agents for documents required by the Indian Immigration for Indians traveling to Nepal.

Other Information
Nationals from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan will need to obtain visa from Nepal Embassies or Diplomatic Missions in their respective countries, as they do not get visa on arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal.

Visa Extension
Tourists can stay for a maximum of 150 days in a visa year ( a visa year is from Jan 1 to Dec 31).

For more information, please contact Immigration Office:
Location: Kalikasthan, Dilibazar, Kathmandu
Tel: +977 -01 -4433934 / 4429660
Fax: +977 – 01 -4433935
E-mail: mail@immi.gov.np
Web: http://www.immi.gov.np

Office hours:
Sunday to Thursday
10am – 5pm in summer
10am – 4pm in winter (NOV- JAN)
Friday: 10am – 3pm

Visa application hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 3pm
Friday: 10 am – 1pm

Tips for Travellers

The Far-West is a region with a great diversity of wild-life, picturesque landscapes and rich cultural traditions. Here are some tips tor travellers visiting the region. The Tourism Development Society (TDS) hopes these will be useful to visitors. TDS stands for sustainable tourism. Its efforts are focused on conserving the natural environment and cultural heritage of the region. As a traveller, you also can make a difference by supporting sustainable initiatives at the local level.

By following these tips you will not only find a common language with local people easily, but also help us in keeping the destinations preserved.

Tips on the environment

  • Bottles, cans, plastic materials, cigarette butts, apart from being unsightly, can be deadly to wild animals. Do not leave your trash around; take your litter home with you;
  • Recycling facilities are extremely limited in Nepal. Avoid buying goods and products with plastic packaging;
  • While trekking, use the existing trails. Straying from the trail or treading a new path can lead to harmful environmental impacts such as soil erosion.
  • Do not pluck flowers or damage plants or their branches, and do not step on them;
  • Take safety precautions when lighting up fire; be careful with matches and unextinguished cigarettes butts;
  • Most villages lack a sewer system. Use soaps and shampoos sparingly while washing and taking shower;
  • While camping on river banks or other water sources, dispose waste water as far from them as possible;
  • Wildlife is protected by law. Do not hunt;
  • You can use binoculars to watch birds or observe animals. Always keep a reasonable distance from animals to avoid disturbing them. Do not feed animals.
  • Do not purchase any animal or plant, or product made from animals and plants on the threatened or endangered list. Do not accept them as gift items.

Tips on society and culture

  • Always remember to remove your shoes from your feet before entering a Nepali home, temple, or stupa;
  • Dress appropriately. Women should avoid wearing skimpy outfits;
  • If you would like to enter a Hindu temple, you should seek permission from the temple authorities to do so. Also remember that leather articles are prohibited inside temple precincts;
  • Circumambulation, or walking around temples or stupas is traditionally done clockwise;
  • Take photographs only after receiving permission for the object or person to be photographed;
  • Develop a genuine interest in meeting and talking to people; respect their local customs

Tips on economy

  • Consider buying locally made crafts and other products, and support local entrepreneurship.
  • Try local foods and specialties. Many rural areas around the world are under threat from a reduction in their agricultural base. By eating locally produced foods you are helping local farmers as well as contributing to local economy.

How To Reach

FORM KATHMANDU

A visitor travelling by air can directly reach Dhangadhi, a hub city in the Far-West region of Nepal. There are daily flights from Kathmandu that take about 1h and 15min. Dhangadhi has excellent hotels and some of those offer online reservation service. There are several bus services that link the Far-West cities like Dhangadhi and Mahendranagar with Kathmandu. It takes nearly 14 to 16h from Kathmandu, the capital city, to reach these provincial towns.

Starting the journey from Kathmandu, on the way to the Far-West, visitors come across several places of interest: Chitwan National Park (approximately 3 hour – drive from Kathmandu), Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha (3 hour-drive from Chitwan National Park), and Bardia National Park (7 hour-drive from Lumbini). All the places offer excellent accommodations.

FROM INDIA

Visitors coming from India can enter the Far-West region from two border entry points, Dhangadhi and Gaddachowki, Mahendranagar. From Dheli it takes approximately 8h to reach the border entry point at Gaddachowki in Mahendranagar. The entry point at Gaddachowki is open 24 hours for vistors on foot or rickshaws, but for those in vehicles, it opens three times a day, from 6 am to 8 am, 12 am to 2 pm, and 6 pm to 8 pm. The Dhangadhi entry point is open from 5 am to 8 pm for all modes of tranportation. The main bus park in Delhi where you can board a bus for the Far-West is Inter State Bus Terminal ( ISBT) at AnandVihar. From Lucknow, you can board a bus at Kesharbagh Bus Station.