Nepal introduces new procedure for visit and tourist visas

Kathmandu: The Nepali government has issued a new directive regarding necessary documents for foreign travel on visit and tourist visas. The decision, which clarifies the required documents for foreign travel on visit visas, is in response to the lack of clarity in previous decisions issued on March 10, 2022.

According to Rudra Singh Tamang, the Director General of the Department of Immigration, the new directive, effective from Magh 10, aims to facilitate foreigners traveling on visit visas for a minimum of six months. The directive specifies that the concerned country’s visa is required, and those entitled to ‘on arrival’ visas must present a certificate of the same.

For travel on visit visas, it is mandatory to have a round-trip air ticket. If accommodation is not pre-booked, a relationship certificate within three degrees, along with three passport-sized photos, will be required. A minimum of $500 in cash or the equivalent in debit/credit card is also mandatory.

For those traveling to the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and Saudi Arabia on visit visas, a declaration form is required.

The directive simplifies the process for granting permission to travelers on visit and tourist visas, with specific conditions outlined to ensure travelers are well-prepared and compliant. Travelers are encouraged to consult travel advisories issued by the Nepali government before embarking on their journey.