Travel Information of Nepal
Situated in the Southern Asia, locked between China & India and wedged between the high hill walls of Himalayas and steamy jungles of Terai, Nepal is known as the landlocked country of diversity. You can find diversified geography, ethnicity, culture, language, religion, though blended together to make a real country, Nepal itself. Nepal is a blend of unbelievable beauties of snowcapped mountains, beautiful meadows and green jungles, beautiful lakes which can be compared with the nymphs of heaven, ever flowing rivers, diverse culture, religions, temples, monasteries, mantras and many more. 'Unity in diversity' is the speciality of this nation.Well, as Nepal is a landlocked country, it can be accessed through Air and Land transportation mediums. And when talking about various ways to access to the major destinations of this country, you can reach there by air, or by bus. It is worth mentioning that Nepal is also one of the best trekking spots of the world.
Well, talking about airport taxes, the provision has been for airport tax in international and domestic flights. For departure for SAARC (South Asian) countries, NRs. 1356.00 per person has been introduced as airport tax and for the departure to other international destinations; NRs. 1696.00 per person has been introduced. However, in case of domestic sector, NRs. 170.00 per person has been declared as airport tax. Note that this Airport Tax is equally applicable to Nepalese as well as non-Nepalese citizens flying from Nepal.
In the port of entry, all the baggage of a visitor must have to be declared and cleared by the customs. Personal articles are permitted free entry. But the duty on articles brought by the visitor varies as per the volume and value of the goods differs. A tourist may bring in dutiable goods, such as tobacco, and liquors within the prescribed quantity free of duty. Remember that carrying narcotic, arms, ammunition are strictly prohibited. And above all, tourists are required to fill up disembarkation and embarkation cards upon their arrival and departure.
Passengers arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport without any dutiable goods can proceed through the Green Channel for quick clearance without baggage check. But if you are carrying dutiable goods, you have to pass through the Red Channel for detailed customs clearance.
Apart from used personal belongings, the provision has been made that visitors are allowed to bring free of duty cigarettes (200) or cigars (50), distilled liquor (one 1.15 liter bottle), and film (15 rolls) to Nepal. Additionally, on condition that you will take them out with you, you can bring the following articles free of duty with you:
Movie or Video Camera
Laptop Computer, and
Portable Music System.Export
As for Export Provision, it is illegal to export objects over 100 years (sacred images, paintings, manuscripts, of historic importance) that are valued for culture and religious reasons. We advise you not to purchase such items as they are Nepal's cultural heritage and they belong here. The Department of Archaeology at Ramshah Path near Singha Durbar has to certify all metal statues, sacred paintings and similar objects before they are allowed to be sent or carried out of the country.
Entry Points to Nepal
Tribhuvan International Airport is the only International Airport in Nepal.
Tribhuvan International Airport is the only available international airport in Nepal. Nepal Airlines- the national flag carrier of Nepal and other International Airlines operate direct scheduled flights to Kathmandu from Mumbai, Kolkata, Varanasi, Bangkok, Dhaka, Doha, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Frankfurt, Paris, Moscow, Karachi, Lhasa, London, Osaka, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Vienna, Muscat, Bahrain, Paro, Sarjha.
The International Airlines operating their flights to Kathmandu include, Nepal Airlines, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Air Sahara, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, China South-West Airlines, Air China, Druk Airlines, Royal Bhutan Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Thai international, Gulf Air, Qatar Airways, Austrian Airlines, Korean Air, GMG Airlines, Air Arabia and other airlines connecting to Nepal are Aeroflot Soviet Airlines, Air France, Air India, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Dragon Air, Emirates Air, Euralil, Japan Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Lufthansa, Northwest Airlines, Qantas Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines, Fly Dubai, SAS, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Transavia, United Arab Emirates, China Airlines, Delta Air, United Airlines, All Italia and Philippine Airlines.
If you want to get to Nepal by land, there are just eight entry points open to foreigners. And out of all eight entry points, six are from India and only one from Tibet.
The entry points at Nepal-India border are:
MahendranagarAnd the only entry point at Nepal-Tibet border is Kodari.
We advise you to acquire insurance policy so as to cover against accident, sickness, loss of baggage, cancellation and in the unlikely events when you need emergency evacuation by plane or helicopter. Also, prior to the start of the trip, we request you to sign the Risk & Release Form.
Travelling / Trekking in Nepal
Currency and Foreign Exchange
We call Nepalese Currency the 'Rupee' and 100 'Paisa' makes 1 Nepali Rupee. You can get the notes of Nepali Rupees in, Rs. 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 denominations and Rs. 1 and 2 in coins. It is noteworthy that foreign visitors (other than Indian Citizens) are required to pay their hotel bills and air tickets in foreign currency. However, the other payments must always be made in Nepalese currency which can be bought at the Foreign Exchange Counters (at the airport or also available at different places in the city) or from the ATM. For your information, foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or other authorized foreign exchange counters. You are given an exchange receipt when exchanging money at the banks or the hotel counter; please make sure of this because this is essential for you on your departure for converting your rupees to hard currencies. Maximum of 15% can be converted to hard currency on your departure. Tourists other than Indian are not allowed to import or export the Indian Currency. And the exchange rates of the foreign currencies are determined by the Nepal Rastra Bank and are announced in the press daily. Nepali currency is not applicable in India.
Indian currency of INR 500 and INR 1000 note are not allowed to be brought into Nepal and will not be exchanged and will not be accepted for any kind of transaction.
Banks are open 9:00am to 3:00pm Monday through Saturday. Nepal Bank Ltd. on New Road (Ph. 4221185) is open from 7:00am to 7:00pm all 7 days of the week. The Kantipath branch (Ph. 4227375) is open 9:00am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. Rastriya Banijya Bank Exchange Counter at Bishal Bazaar (Ph. 4223776) is open 9:00 am to 3:00pm daily except holidays.
Nepal Airlines operates as an extensive network of air service in the interior parts of the country. It has scheduled connection flights from Kathmandu to Taplejung, Bhadrapur, Rajbiraj, Bhojpur, Phaplu, Lukla, Lamidanda, Tunmlingtar, Rumjatar, Biratnagar, Simra, Janakpur, Ramechhap, Bharatpur, Meghauli, Pokhara, Jomsom, Manang, Baglung, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Chaurjhahari, Surkhet, Dang, Dolpa, Jumla, Bajura, Baitadi, Dipayal, Darchula, Mahendranagar, Dhangadhi, Tikapur, and Sanfebagar. Beside Nepal Airlines other domestic airlines such as Yeti Airways, Gorkha Airlines, Sita Air, Buddha Air, Agni Air, Shangrila Air also provide regular and charter services to different popular destinations in the country.
Most remote tourist destinations are easily accessible by chartered helicopter services. To name few of such helicopter service providers, we say Manang Air, Shree Airlines, Karnali Air, Dynasty Aviation, Fishtail Air and more.
Permission for chartered air services can easily be obtained from the Department of Civil Aviation.
Immigration Formalities, Passport & Visas
Tourist intending to visit Nepal must hold valid passport and visa. Tourist entry visa can be obtained for the following duration from Nepalese Embassy or Consulate or other mission offices at your native country or at the following immigration offices in Nepal.
Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
Immigration Office, Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Immigration Office, Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
Immigration Office, Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
Immigration Office, Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
Immigration Office, Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
Immigration Office, Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
Immigration Office, Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)
Permit for Trekking in Nepal
Foreigners who are intending to trek in any part of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal shall have to obtain a trekking permit from the department of Immigration, Maitighar. Except for those areas which are restricted for the foreigners by government rules and regulations, the permits can be issued for trekking in any part of the country.
Except in some prohibited places, photography is generally allowed everywhere. In addition to this, we suggest you to take plenty of films with you from bigger cities, because it can be hard to get any film in remote areas.
Newspapers and Magazines
There are many newspapers published in the various parts of the country. Some major newspapers you can find in Kathmandu are:
The Rising Nepal (English Daily)
The Kathmandu Post (English Daily)
The Himalayan Times (English Daily)
Gorkhapatra (Nepali Daily)
Kantipur (Nepali Daily)Besides many other newspapers and magazines, you can also get local and international newspapers and magazines in book depots.
Department of Tourism
Government of Nepal; Department of Tourism runs information centers at its office and at the following places:
Tourist Information Center, Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
Tourist Information Center, Basantapur, Kathmandu
Tourist Office, Airport, Pokhara
Tourist Information Center, Birgunj
Tourist Information Center, Bhairahawa
Tourist Information Center, Kakarbhitta
Tourist Information Center, Janakpur