Message for U.S. Citizens: Notes from Embassy Kathmandu

Greetings from Maharajgunj! Everyone here at the U.S. Embassy hopes that you and yours enjoy a festive Nepali holiday season ahead. Please know that the Embassy will be closed for U.S. and local holidays on September 19, 27, 28, 29 and October 9, 19, 20. We will also be closed on November 10, 23 and December 25. You can always find the Embassy calendar online.

Local Drivers License Required To Drive in Nepal

A friendly reminder that any driver – including U.S. citizens and all other foreigners – must have a valid Nepali drivers license in order to legally operate a motor vehicle in Nepal. We do not recommend driving without a valid Nepali drivers license because it increases your exposure to civil or criminal liability in the event of an accident or driving violation. Please note that holding an international drivers license alone does not meet the requirement of Nepali law. The Nepali Department of Transportation will issue a Nepali drivers license based on a valid U.S. state-issued or international drivers license, if you also present a “U.S. Drivers License Affidavit.” This form is available from the Embassy if you make an online appointment for a notarial service on the Embassy website. Pay the $50 fee and present your valid license at the time of the appointment. After the affidavit is notarized, present it with your license at any Department of Transportation office that processes drivers licenses, currently Ekantakuna (Lalitpur), Chabahil (Kathmandu), Jagati (Bhaktapur), and Thulo Bharyang (Swayambhu). You will be required to take an eye examination, but you will be exempted from the written exam and driving test based on your valid U.S. license.

Got What It Takes To Be a Diplomat?

Embassy Kathmandu will host the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) on Friday, October 6, 2017, at 9:00 am. Visit the Pearson VUE FSOT website to learn more. Sign up for the test no later than Wednesday, September 27. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Findley at

Leave Your Laptop at Home

Next time you come to the Embassy for any purpose, please remember that electronics are not allowed. While our consular entrance can store mobile phones or similarly-sized electronics, we cannot store larger items like iPads or laptops. Please leave larger electronics at home or make other arrangements for their storage during your appointment.

Take Note of Notarial Services

We’ve updated the information available on the website about the range of notarial services provided at the embassy. Learn more here.

Fingers Crossed

We’ve also refreshed the information available about fingerprinting services. The link details our limited ability to provide fingerprinting services and where you can turn if you require fingerprinting services outside of those parameters.

From The Consular Section

Routine consular services for U.S. citizens are offered by appointment only on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons. It’s easy to make an online appointment. For needs outside of that schedule, email or dial (+977)(1)423-4000 during working hours. After hours, you can dial the same number to speak with an operator if you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance. If the primary number does not work, you can also call 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). If friends and family have not received this message, their STEP enrollment is either incomplete or not up-to-date. We strongly recommend that all U.S. citizens living or traveling in Nepal enroll in STEP. In addition to routine messages like this email, you will also receive emergency notices. If you are no longer in Nepal, we are happy to unsubscribe your enrollment. Please reply to this email with a short note.