Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Visa-on-arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Here's some information on applying for a visa-on-arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

First you'll need to get the Application for Diplomatic/Official/Tourist Visa form from the counter as you enter the Immigration Hall.

After filing up the form you'll need to queue up.

The queues are divided according to the visa validity that you wish to apply for, i.e. 15 days, 30 days or 90 days. 

The challenge is to identify the correct queue whilst a bunch of travellers (who are most probably lost as you are) standing haphazardly in front of you. At the same time there are no proper signages. 

If you're in the wrong queue by the time it's your turn, you'll need to stand at the back of the correct queue again and what a bloody waste of time that would be. 

Now, here are the fees that you'll need to pay for the visa-on-arrival:

I opted to pay in US Dollars which was US25 for a 15-day visa.

If you don't have US Dollars, you may opt to pay in other currencies. Here's the signboard:

Sorry for the ultra blur photo. No cameras were allowed in the Immigration Hall. So I was trying to  snap this pic in a dark room without gettig caught by the authorities. Excuses, excuses, excuses ...

When we landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport on 1 May 2014, the crowd was huge and the officers were working as slow as snails that it took about 45 minutes to get our visa. I was already restless and fidgeting by the time we walked out of the airport.  

If you wish to avoid the crowd and don't want to swear at the snail paced immigration officers, you could apply for your visa at the nearest Nepalese Embassy prior to your flight into Nepal.

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