To enter Nepal, obtaining a tourist visa is required for most foreign nationals (Indian nationals do not requiere a visa to enter Nepal). The visa issuance is enabled on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. However, if possible, we strongly recommend that participants apply for a visa before traveling to Nepal to avoid delays upon entry, since November is Nepal’s peak tourist season.
Please note! The nationals of the following countries: Afghanistan, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Somalia and Zimbabwe require a special visa procedure. The SUN Movement Secretariat is already contacting participants who are nationals of these countries to request copies of their passports. This information will be transferred to the Immigration Department of Nepal to allow them to obtain a visa on arrival.
All other nationalities have the following options:
A. Obtain a visa upon arrival
Fill in the visa application form online before departure by accessing the following link: http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa. When you have completed this form, submit it to the Immigration Department, after which you will be given a receipt with a bar code that you will need to print and bring along with you to Nepal. Note that this code will only be valid for 15 days prior to arrival in Nepal.
While a visa application form can also be filled in upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, having the form ready will help speed up the visa processing upon arrival.
Additionally, the online visa application form (alongside the invitation letter sent you by the SUN Movement Secretariat) could help with any immigration processing questions that participants may encounter at their departing or transit airports.
On arrival visa fee costs are as follows:
15 days – 30 USD
30 days – 50 USD
90 days – 125 USD
We strongly advise you to carry the exact amount of USD with you to pay for the visa in cash. An exchange office can also be found at the airport, next to the visa application facility.
SUN Movement Global Gathering participants will have designated lines for visa processing upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Nevertheless, please be aware that the airport is small, and one can expect long lines.
B. Obtain an visa prior to arrival
Nepal has a range of diplomatic missions around the world. Should you reside in a country with a Nepalese embassy, mission or consulate, we encourage you to obtain your visa from there before you travel to Nepal. Note that processing a Nepal visa can take up to 10 working days. But this will save you time at the airport on arrival.
SUN countries with a Nepalese diplomatic mission
Costa Rica (San José)
Sri Lanka (Colombo)
A Nepalese embassy/consulate can also be found in New Delhi and Calcutta, India.
Other countries with a Nepalese mission:
Israel (Tel Aviv)
Kuwait (Kuwait City)
Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)
Saudi Arabia (Riyadh, Jeddah)
South Africa (Pretoria)
South Korea (Seoul)
United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi)
United Kingdom (London)
A few key things to note:
- Each participant is responsible for covering the cost of the visa to Nepal.
- Your passport must be valid for at least six months following the day you enter Nepal.
- You need to bring a copy of your hotel reservation for the duration of the stay in Kathmandu (containing the applicant’s name).
- Please bring a copy of your roundtrip ticket or detailed itinerary for your trip (with the applicant’s name on said ticket or itinerary).
- Upon arrival in Nepal, each participant is required to fill in an ‘arrival card’ – for immigration control. These cards are usually distributed on planes, and can also be found in the arrival hall, before you enter the immigration zone.
- All SUNGG19 participants will receive (or have already received) a personalised invitation letter to support your visa application and to board your flight from country of departure. Should your attendance be sponsored, we strongly encourage you to request your sponsor to provide written confirmation of financial support for your travel, accommodation and daily subsistence allowance (DSA) to help expedite the visa process.
- All participants are reminded to carry a copy of their invitation letter in their hand luggage (alongside the visa application form) for immigration purposes.
For more details, please go to the Nepal Immigration Department website, which outlines visa requirements and process: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa .
To prevent last minute delays and complications, we strongly recommend that all participants get acquainted with the appropriate visa procedures.