Lower Fees and Longer Visas for U.S. Workers, Students, and Press in Nepal

February 26, 2018

We are pleased to announce that the United States and Nepal have reached an agreement that benefits U.S. citizens working, studying, and engaging in journalism in Nepal.  On January 1, 2018, the Government of Nepal informed the U.S. Embassy that, effective immediately, Nepal’s Department of Immigration would issue visas to U.S. citizens for these purposes of travel for the same fees and valid for the same length of time as similar visas issued by the United States to Nepalis.  Please see the below table for details on the new fees and visa lengths.

Type of Visa Visa Length Visa Fee
Work 3 years $190
Study 5 years $360
Press / Journalism 5 years $160

These fees and visa lengths apply to all U.S. citizens, whether they are renewing their visa or are applying for the first time.  The Department of Immigration has eliminated all monthly fees for these purposes of travel.  All non-tourist visas for the purposes of work, study, and press permit multiple entries into Nepal.  These changes do not affect the fees or length of residential, business (investor), or tourist visas.  For details on the requirements to obtain Nepal visas and the activities permitted under each visa type, please see the Department of Immigration’s website at 

Nepal continues to allow U.S. citizens to enter Nepal using a tourist visa – either obtained in advance or on arrival – and then later change to a work, study, or press visa upon request at the Department of Immigration.  Please remember that working or volunteering on a tourist visa is not permitted and can result in imprisonment, deportation, a ban on returning to Nepal, and/or a substantial fine.

While the Embassy is unable to assist you in your application for a Nepal visa, we understand these changes are new and that it may take the Government of Nepal time to fully implement them.  With that in mind, please tell us about your experience obtaining a visa to work, study, or engage in journalism in Nepal.  We welcome your thoughts, questions, and comments at consktm@state.gov.

From the Consular Section:

Routine consular services for U.S. citizens are offered by appointment on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons.  It is easy to make an online appointment.  For needs outside of that schedule, email consktm@state.gov or dial (+977)(1)423-4000 during working hours.  After hours or when the Embassy is closed, you can dial the same number to speak with an operator if you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent emergency assistance.  You can also dial the analog back-up number (+977)(1)400-7200.

You have received this message because you are enrolled in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  We strongly encourage U.S. citizens living or traveling in Nepal to enroll in STEP to receive important messages and to make it easier to contact you or your loved ones in an emergency.  If you have received this message by email, you are successfully enrolled.  If friends and family have not received this message, their STEP enrollment may not be up-to-date.  To cancel your enrollment, log into STEP and enter an end date to your enrollment or visit the STEP subscription page.  You can also update your travel details by emailing consktm@state.gov to let us know that you have departed Nepal.