Travel Insurance

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

                                                                                       

Travel Insurance Companies

 

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Australia

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Germany

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United Kingdom

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USA and Canada

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Tourist Visa

When visiting Nepal as a tourist, you can easily obtain a visa on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki at the border to India and also at Kodari, at the border to China.

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

Fees:
– USD 25 for 15 days Visa
– USD 40 for 30 days Visa
– USD 100 for 90 days Visa

Please note: visas can be obtained only through cash payment 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 a payment.

Gratis VISA: for the first visit in one visa year (January to December), a gratis visa for 30 days is available to nationals of the following South Asian countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, visas can be extended by the Immigration Department after having payed the visa fee specified above.

For Indian Nationals
Indian nationals do not require a visa to enter Nepal.
Indian nationals traveling to Nepal must posses one of the following documents:
1. Passport
2. Driver’s 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 the Embassy of India in Kathmandu
7. Identity Card with Photo issued by a Sub- Divisional Magistrate or any other officials above this 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 need to obtain a visa from Nepal Embassies or Diplomatic Missions in their respective countries, as they can not obtain a visa on arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal.

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

For more information, please contact the 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 diverse wild-life, picturesque landscapes and rich cultural traditions. Here are some tips tor travellers visiting the region. 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 easily find a common language with local people, but also help us in preserving these destinations.

Tips on Preserving and Protecting the Environment

  • Bottles, cans, plastic materials and cigarette butts – apart from being unsightly – can be deadly to wild animals. Do not leave your trash laying 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. Leaving the trails 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 showering.
  • 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, plant or product made from animals and plants on the threatened or endangered species 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. Also remember that leather articles are prohibited inside the temple area.
  • 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. By eating locally produced foods, you are helping local farmers as well as contributing to the local economy.

How to Get to the Far West

FROM KATHMANDU

A visitor traveling by plane, 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 them offer an online reservation service. There are several bus services that link the Far-West cities like Dhangadhi and Mahendranagar to Kathmandu. It takes nearly 15 to 20h from Kathmandu, the capital city, to reach these provincial towns. It should be noted that during the monsoon season, the roads can be strongly affected by floods or landslides. If this is the case, it is, subsequently, not advisable to take these roads. So, please stay informed about the current conditions.

On the journey to Far West Nepal, starting from Kathmandu by bus, visitors come across several places of interest: Chitwan National Park (3 hours from Kathmandu), Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha (3 hours from Chitwan National Park), and Bardia National Park (7 hours from Lumbini). All 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 Delhi it takes approximately 8hrs 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 the Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) at AnandVihar. From Lucknow, you can board a bus at the Kesharbagh Bus Station.