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Traveling in Nepal
July 16, 2021

Millions of Americans travel abroad every year and encounter no difficulties overseas. However, U.S. embassies and consulates assist nearly 200,000 Americans each year who are victims of crime, accident, or illness, or whose family and friends need to contact them in an emergency.

U.S. citizens in Nepal regularly encounter a variety of problems. When an emergency happens or if natural disaster, terrorism, or civil unrest strikes during your travel, Embassy Kathmandu can be your source of assistance and information. By informing us about your trip or residence abroad, you help the Embassy locate you when you might need them the most. Signing up with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program is voluntary and costs nothing, but it should be a big part of your travel planning and security.

Nepal is a country with frequent natural disasters, political uncertainty, and a variety of other very serious risks. We strongly recommend that all U.S. citizens who travel to or live in Nepal enroll with the U.S. Embassy by completing the online form at http://STEP.state.gov.

 Country Specific Information for Nepal

Notice: Effective from  July 17, 2019, the Government of Nepal has increased Visa Fees. In addition, Nepal now provides 5-years, multiple-entry tourist visas for American Citizen. For further information, please refer to the Nepal Department of Immigration website at: http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/

  • When crossing by land into Nepal, U.S. citizens should carry U.S dollar bills to pay their Nepali Visa Fee.  U.S. citizens travelling from India to Nepal from the Belahia, Bhairahawa check point should be aware that Nepali visa fees must be paid in cash in U.S. dollars. Credit cards or other currencies will not be acceptedAll U.S. bills must be new (no older than 2003) and in good condition (no tears, excessive wear, creases, visible repairs, etc.)  Individuals crossing the border by foot are provided 24 hours service.

The State Department provides information on every country in the world. For each country, you will find information like the location of the U.S. embassy and any consular offices; whether you need a visa; crime and security information; health and medical conditions; drug penalties; and localized hot spots. This is a good place to start learning about where you are going. The Country Specific Information for Nepal is updated regularly and includes recommendations specific to the unique nature of travel in Nepal, including mountain trekking, locals risks, and host country policies that may affect U.S. citizens. The Country Specific Information is available alongside other helpful resources at http://travel.state.gov.

Travel Alerts/Travel Warnings

If any Travel Alerts or Travel Warnings are in effect for Nepal, the text will be posted on the Safety & Security Messages page of this website, as well as posted on social media and the worldwide list of notices available at http://travel.state.gov.