In this section, all information that is presented will help you when traveling to or through Nepal. Information can be found on visa procedures, accessibility, the best season to visit, altitude sickness, everything you need to know when on a trekking and much more. Please use the buttons on the bottom of the screen to navigate through this section of the website to get all the travel information you need to know.
Air Accessibility and International Airlines
Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport in Nepal. Nepal Airlines- the national flag carrier of Nepal and other International Airlines operates direct flights to Kathmandu from Delhi, Kolkata, Varanasi, Bangkok, Dhaka, Islamabad, Doha, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Karachi, Lhasa, Abu Dhabi, Guangzhou, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Muscat, Bahrain, Paro, Sarjah.
The International Airlines operating their direct flight to Kathmandu includes: Nepal Airlines, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Jet Lite, Kingfisher Airlines, Spice Jet, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Druk Air, Pakistan International Airlines, Silk Airlines, Thai Airways, Gulf Air, Qatar Airways, Fly Dubai, Korean Air, GMG Airlines, Air Arabia, Oman Air, Etihad Airways, Dragon Air and other airlines connecting to Nepal are Aeroflot Soviet Airlines, Air France, Air India, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, , Emirates Air, Euralil, Japan Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Lufthansa, Northwest Airlines, Qantas Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines, SAS, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Transavia, United Arab Emirates, China Airlines, Kenya Airways, Delta Air, United Airlines, All Italia and Philippine Airlines
If you are flying to Kathmandu from Europe best connecting are Qatar Airways via Doha, Gulf Air via Bahrain, Etihad from Abu Dhabi, Thai Airways via Bangkok, Dragon Air via Hong Kong and Silk Air via Singapore. Our national flag carrier Nepal Airlines (RA). Similarly if you are flying from Australia it is recommend to use Quantas to Bangkok and connect with Thai Airways daily flight Bangkok / Kathmandu vice versa or best connection direct flight by Silk Air and Dragon Air.
If you are flying from USA it is recommended to fly to Hong Kong by North West or Cathay Pacific and connect with Royal Nepal Airlines to Katmandu.
For international destination now clients does not need to pay any departure airport taxes but for Internal (Domestic) sector everybody should pay NPR. 200 per person per sector. This Airport Tax is equally applicable to Nepalese as well as non-Nepalese citizens.
All baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs of the port of entry. Personal effects are permitted free entry. The duty on articles brought by the visitor varies according to the volume and value of the goods. A tourist may bring in dutiable goods, such as tobacco and liquors, within the prescribed quantity free of duty. Carrying narcotic, arms, ammunition are strictly prohibited.
Tourists are required to fill up disembarkation and embarkation cards upon their arrival and departure.
Passengers arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) without any dutiable goods can proceed through the Green Channel for quick clearance without a baggage check. If you are carrying dutiable articles, you have to pass through the Red Channel for detailed customs clearance.
Apart from used personal belongings, visitors are allowed to bring to Nepal free of duty cigarettes (200) or cigars (50), distilled liquor (one 1.15 liter bottle), and film (15 rolls). You can also bring in the following articles free of duty on condition that you take them out with you when you leave: binoculars, movie or video camera, still camera, laptop computer, and portable music system.
It is illegal to export objects over 100 years old (sacred images, paintings, manuscripts) that are valued for culture and religious reasons. Visitors are advised not to purchase such items as they are Nepal's cultural heritage and 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.
The entry points at Nepal-India border are; Kakarbhitta, Birgunj, Belahiya (Bhairahawa), Nepalgunj, Dhangadi, and Mahendra Nagar. The only entry point at Nepal-China border is Kodari.
It is advisable to acquire insurance policy to cover against sickness, accident, loss of baggage, cancellation and in the unlikely event that you need emergency evacuation by plane or helicopter due to illness or accident.
Also prior to the start of the trip we request you to sign the risk and release form provided by us.
Traveling in Nepal
Currency and Foreign Exchange
The unit of the Nepalese Currency is Rupee. One Nepali Rupee is made up of 100 paisa. Nepali rupee notes come in Rs. 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1,000 denominations and Rs. 1 and 2 in coins. Foreign visitors other than Indian nationals 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 from the ATM. The foreign currency exchange counters of different banks are also opened at different places in the city. Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through the banks or authorized foreign exchange. When exchanging money at the banks or the hotel counter always ensure that you are given an exchange receipt as this is essential for converting your rupees to hard currency on your departure. A 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. The exchange rates of the foreign currencies are determined by the Nepal Rastra Bank and are announced in the press daily. Nepal currency is not applicable in India.
Indian currency of INR 500 and INR 1000 note is not allowed to be brought into Nepal and will not be exchanged and will not be accepted for transaction of any kind.
Banks are open 9 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday, Nepal Bank Ltd. on New Road (Ph: 4221185) is open 7 am to 7 pm all days of the week. The Kantipath branch (Ph: 4227375) is open 9 am to 3.30 pm Monday through Friday, 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday, and closed on Sunday. Rastriya Banijya Bank exchange counter at Bishal Bazaar (Ph: 4223776) is open 9 am to 3 pm daily except holidays.
Nepal Airlines operates an extensive network of air service in the interior parts of Nepal. It has scheduled connection flights from Kathmandu to TapIeJung, Bhadrapur, Rajbiraj, Bhojpur, Phaplu, Lukla, Lamidanda, Tunmlingtar, Rumjatar, Biratnagar, Simra, Janakpur, Ramechhhap, Bharatpur, Meghauli, Pokhara, Jomsom, Manang, Baglung, Bhairahawa Nepalgunj, Chaurjhahari, Surkhet, Dang, Dolpa, Jumia, Bajura, Baitadi, Dipayal, Darchula, Mahendranagar, Dhangadi, 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.