Very important!! Before travelling, you should be simply aware of your own travel conditions, and double check if you have prepared a basic but required preparation to your travelling abroad. Also, try to know more about your destination country as it would help you for your easy and comfort to your travelling. At minimum, you should ensure yourself that you are prepared as following for easy, comfort and safe travelling to your adventure destinations Nepal.
Check your Passport & Its Validity
Please kindly check your passport and its validity before travelling. Entry to most of the countries in Asia could require a minimum validity in your passport.
For travelling to Nepal, at minimum, you should have 6 months of validity to your passport on the date of entrance to Nepal. Also, simply check that your passport has an empty page (Esp. if you preparing to travel to the country who grants you visa on arrival). If your passport has no empty pages, then (But you may not know this before), could create a problem (Mostly for the business travelers or world travelers who travels a lot in a short time frame).
Know about Visas Procedure
Also try to know about the visa procedure of your interested travel country as some of the country you desired to travel may not allow visa upon arrival in Asian countries, such as, Myanmar, Tibet Bhutan & INDIA. So if you simply know the visa procedure of the local country that you travelling, then it is easy and convenient to you to prepare for your visa beforehand.
Nepal Visa: All foreigners require a visa for entry into Nepal (Except Indian nationals). You could easily get Nepal Visa upon arrival to Kathmandu international airport. Or you could also obtain your Nepal Visa at your country at nearest Nepal consulate or Embassy before travelling. If you making your Nepal visa on arrival to Kathmandu, then you should be taking 2 passport size photos, should prepare to pay for the visa fee in USD cash or equivalent- (But not in Travelers Cheque).
- Multiple Entry 15 Days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
- Multiple Entry 30 Days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
- Multiple Entry 90 Days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
Please download Nepal Visa Form at this link - Nepal Visa Form Download
Travelling to Nepal at different climates and environments zone can expose you to disease and health risks. You should be aware of the dangers and how to stay healthy. Diseases which may or may not be present in your own country such as yellow fever, malaria, rabies and dengue fever could be an issue for travelling to south Asia & Nepal as well.
Vaccinations and Immunizations
Visit your GP as soon as possible to check if you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures (such as malaria tablets) to the country that you travelling. You should be prepared for travelling to Nepal with the vaccination of the endanger diseases such as Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid and Malaria etc,
Even if it is not must have thing for travelling to Nepal but it is recommended for your health safety.
General Travel Health Tips
- Take out comprehensive travel insurance coverage for your easy and comfort for travelling to South Asia & Nepal as it would be helpful if you fall ill and need treatment while at your travelling.
- Take enough medication for your whole trip and any unexpected delays. Also recognize your regular health problems and take some back up medicine for those for travelling for unexpected illness.
- Be careful in drinking water. We recommend you to drink filter water or boiled or mineral water for your stay in Nepal for the safety. Drink plenty of water in hot climates or while you would be in mountains to avoid dehydration problems.
- Be safe in the sun - use a high-factor sunscreen and avoid excessive sunbathing.
- Find out more about the information of your Embassy or Consulate in Nepal and take a contact details before travelling as it would be easy to contact them if needed.
- Also, leave a travel copy of your travelling at your home, with your family for your travelling acknowledgment.
- Practice safe sex - take condoms with you as quality varies in different countries. HIV and Aids, and other sexually transmitted diseases can be caught worldwide, and also in Nepal as well.
Consult to your medical Doctor before travelling if
- You are pregnant or have given birth in the last 6 months
- Have a history of blood disorders, deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism
- Are taking hormonal medication (including the contraceptive pill)
- Have cancer, heart problems or have recently had surgery.
If you have a pre-existing medical condition
- Tell your travel insurer about your condition
- Ask your Doctor how the trip might affect you
- Check local conditions such as climate and pollution levels and consider how you might be affected
- Carry a doctor’s letter and a copy of any prescriptions for your health safety
- Make sure that you take enough medical supplies for the duration of your stay and any unexpected delays. Medical supplies may be subject to supply constraints in Nepal and in remote areas.
Ensure your medication is legal in the country you are visiting – Contact the Nepal Embassy or Consulate in your country for details or contact your Gov. Foreign travel department, your Embassy or Consulate in Nepal for the further information.
General Travel Precautions
To make your trip as smooth and as safe as possible, we recommends that you take the following precautions to your travel to Nepal.
- Carry your passport with you at all times. Or if you have given your passport to Nepal neighbour country embassy in Nepal for the visa, then carry the proof receipt of this along with the photo copy of your passport.
- Leave a photocopy of your passport and your itinerary with a contact in homeland before travelling
- Do not enter 'Restricted' areas. Strict terms and conditions apply. Check with a reputable trekking company
- Reconfirm your flights (both internal and international) before departure as they are sometimes change their departing time or even cancelled with very little advance warning, particularly during adverse weather conditions.
Trekking in High Altitude
Remember: altitude can and does kill. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness ascend slowly and acclimatize fully. Take professional advice, only work with professional local companies who are licensed and authorized from Nepal Gov. Take reference of the company from Nepal Tourism Board or TAAN Directory & NMA.
Know Local Laws and Customs
Please be aware of the local laws and customers to your travelling country to be in safe hand travelling. Even if Drugs used are illegal in Nepal, but Nepal is facing are a problem of using illegal drugs in modern cities of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Nepalgunj, Biratnagar etc, so you should be aware of this.
Penalties for drugs related offences are severe. Possession of small amounts of marijuana can lead to a prison sentence in excess of five years, usually after a lengthy and expensive legal process. The availability of Class A drugs are on the rise and an increasing number of people are being caught smuggling drugs in every part of the country.
Custom - You should respect local custom. Women should avoid wearing shorts and sleeveless tops in public places where this might be seen as inappropriate. Shoes should be removed before entering certain holy places. Non-Hindus are not permitted in certain temples.
Currency in Nepal
Nepal has its own currency called “Nepalese Rupee”, but it is different than Indian Rupees. Nepalese rupees come in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 rupee notes.
But you do not need to obtain Nepalese currency prior to your traveling to Nepal. Upon arrival to Kathmandu international airport, you could easily get Nepalese rupees (ATMs in Kathmandu international airport is available at outside terminal areas).
Foreign Currency use in Nepal- United States Dollars, Canadian dollars, Australian Dollars, Euro, GBP Ponds, Singapore Dollars, etc are widely accepted in major cities in Nepal. ATMs - Major cities of Nepal such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Nepalgunj, Biratnagar has wide choice of ATMs use facilities and credit card, master card are easily accepted on ATMs.
Tribhuvan International Airport - Kathmandu, Nepal
Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu is an only international airport in Nepal and has its domestic section terminal along the side of international terminal.Radission Hotel in Kathmandu operates an executive lounge for first and business class passengers for some airlines. But Thai airways international operates a business lounge for its business class passenger separately as well as for the Star Alliance Gold Card holders.
As Tribhuvan international airport is newly renovated, now the distance from international terminal to the airplanes is shorter. At present, about 30 international airlines connect Nepal to destinations in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The airport is about six kilometers from the city centre, in the Kathmandu Valley. Read more about Tribhuvan international airport in Kathmandu Read more
Mode of Communication in Nepal
Nepal official language is called “Nepali Languages” and it is widely spoken at any side of the country. Nepal does also have 70 different ethnic groups and 90 different spoken languages and at every part of the country, you would find different types of peoples and ethnic groups but everyone speak ‘Nepali.
English- is widely spoken in the major cities in Nepal such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Nepal Gunj, Biratnagar, Bhaiwahawa, etc but once you would be more in the remote mountains areas, you could have trouble of communication as very less locals communicate in English in mountains and rural areas.
For your pleasant holidays in Nepal, you could also learn some Nepalese words or phrases.
Nepal Standard TimeNepal is 5 Hours and 45 minutes ahead of GMT standard time so please set your time different with Nepal before travelling for your easy and comfort.