Travel Basics

The Location

A country in southern Asia in the Himalayas, Nepal borders China to the north and India in other directions. It’s a 19-hour flight from New York with a layover. From London, it’s about 12 hours, also with a stopover. 

 

Capital City

Kathmandu is situated in the Kathmandu Valley in central Nepal. the capital city of Kathmandu is a tourism hub. It’s the largest city in Nepal and best known for its old town and as the gateway to the country’s best attractions. 

 

Main Airport

Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport is the main hub for international travellers. It is located in Kathmandu, 5.5 kilometres from the popular neighbourhood of Thamel. Beside that Gautam Buddha International Airport and Pokhara Regional Airport are under the final phase of construction.

Code KTM
Capital City Kathmandu

Language Spoken

The official language of Nepal is Nepali. As English is the language of commerce, people among educated circle  widely spoken, especially among educated Nepali. Note that many speak a unique dialect called Nenglish or Nepali English.

 

Currency

Nepal uses the Nepalese Rupee. The currency code is NPR. Nepalese Currencies are available in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1000 paper notes. The coins are common for Re. 1, 2 and 5. Make sure to bring some cash, as ATMs can be limited to local banks especially outside Kathmandu and Pokhara. Be aware of power failures when using ATMs.

 

Currency Restriction for entry

US$5,000; no pure, unworked gold up to 50 grams of gold jewelry, or 500 grams of silver

 

Currency Restriction for exit

US$5,000;

Visas

For most citizens travelling to Nepal, a visa is issued upon arrival for 15, 30 or 90-day stays. The foreign tourist visiting Nepal shall be granted the tourist visa. The tourist visa shall be granted for a period in maximum of 90 days in a visa year (i.e. January -December). A tourist who has departed before the expiry of the period specified in the visa issued in a visa year shall not be allowed to use the visa by adding the remaining period to another visa year. If any foreigner who has entered into Nepal towards the end of a visa year desires to spend even the period during which he may stay in Nepal with the tourist visa of the other visa year, he may use such facility. Volunteering on a tourist visa is strictly prohibited.

Tourist Visa Fee

15 Days (Multiple Entry)         USD 25

30 Days (Multiple Entry)         USD 50

90 Days (Multiple Entry)         USD 125

Visa Extension (Within Valid Visa Period) USD 3 per Day

Visa Extension (With Multiple Entry)    Additional USD 25

Visa Extension (After Visa Expiration)     Late fee USD 5 per Day

(for more details regarding visa services please visit Department of Immigration website)

 

Electricity

The electrical current in Nepal is 220V/50hz using either the three round prongs, small or big, as well as two round prongs. The electricity is available 24 hours a day in main cities however power failure is frequent. In remote areas, electricity is not available everywhere. It will be a wise idea to carry a power backup to recharge your handsets.

 

Vaccinations

Boosters for Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid are advised. Other recommended vaccinations are Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies, Cholera and Hepatitis B. Consult your doctor 4 to 6 weeks before you depart. Sometimes you may be caught with travel diarrhoea, be prepared for it. 

 

Emergency Calls

The phone numbers to call in case of emergency are 100 for the police, 102 for an ambulance and 101 for a fire.

 

Emergency Calls

Must have six months remaining validity or more at time of entry

 

Blank Passport Pages :

At least one blank visa page (not endorsements page) required for entry visa