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Nepal hikes visa fees on foreign visitors

Jul 17 2019 | 03:29 pm

Kathmandu: Nepal has increased the visa fee on foreign nationals visiting Nepal for various purposes effective from Wednesday.

In a notice, Nepal’s department of immigration has said that the tourist visa fee has been increased from five U.S. dollars to 25 U.S. dollars depending on duration of stay in Nepal.

For example, a tourist will have to pay 30 U.S. dollars from Wednesday for 15-day visa, a rise from 25 U.S. dollar until Tuesday. For a 90-day visa, the fee has been increased to 125 U.S. dollar from 100 U.S. dollar, according to the notice.

The Nepali government officials say that the visa fee was hiked as the fee was not reviewed for the last 10 years although there has been cost escalation of everything over the last one decade.

“We have increased the fee marginally. Despite rise in fee, it is one of the lowest in the world,” claimed Eshwor Raj Poudel, director general of the department.


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