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How to apply for visa extension in Nepal?

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Tural Musayev 24 July 2021
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Nepal is an Asian country located on the Himalayan mountain ranges' southern slopes. This country bordered on the east, south, and west by India, and on the north by the Tibet. Its territory stretches from east to west for about 500 miles (800 kilometers) and from north to south for 90 to 150 miles. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal. Nepal was closed to the world for a long time, long under the rule of hereditary prime ministers who favored an isolationist policy, until a palace revolt in 1950 restored the crown's authority in 1951, and the country was admitted to the United Nations in 1955. The kingdom adopted a multiparty parliamentary system in 1991. The monarchy was dissolved in 2008 after a decade of violence and tumultuous negotiations with a powerful Maoist insurgency, and Nepal was declared a democratic republic.

Nepal, sandwiched between two giants, India and China, seeks to strike a balance in its foreign policy, allowing it to remain independent. The fact that Nepal denies China access to the rich Gangetic Plain, thus marking the southern boundary of the Chinese sphere north of the Himalayas in Asia, contributes greatly to the country's geopolitical importance.

Nepal is one of the world's least developed countries as a result of years of geographical and self-imposed isolation. Many countries have helped Nepal financially in recent years, including India, China, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Denmark, Germany, Canada, and Switzerland. The strategic location of Nepal between India and China has had a significant impact on the amount of foreign aid it receives. We thought that before try to visit Nepal, you should know the basics about the country. Now it is time to look at our main topic - Nepal visa extension. You will find lots of necessary information about how to extend visa in Nepal. If you are ready, let's get started!

Nepal visa extension online

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All people who want to apply for a visa at the embassy should use the online visa application form. Nepal visa extension online is possible, and there are some details. 

• All foreigners, with the exception of Indian nationals, will require a visa to enter Nepal.

• Visitors can apply for a visa at this Embassy between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 13:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding public holidays.

• Visas on arrival are available for citizens of all European countries at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport. However, some temporary arrangements have been made due to the situation created by the COVID-19 outbreak. 

• Handwritten passports will not be accepted for visa issuance due to a decision by the Nepalese government.

• Applicants must pay a visa fee, which is listed under the Nepal tourist visa extension fee.

• Children under the age of ten are exempt from paying visa fees.

• In order to obtain a visa, applicants must submit the following documents:

- A printed copy of the confirmation of visa submission.

- Original passport with a minimum validity of 6 months and a copy

- An official letter or note requesting the issuance of a visa for holders of Diplomatic or Official passports (for issuing gratis visa)

Prior to sending their documents for visa, holders of travel documents must contact the Embassy.

Nepal tourist visa extension

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Nepal's only international airport is Tribhuvan International Airport. The Department of Immigration's Immigration Office, TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport), has been assisting tourists flying to Nepal by providing Visa on Arrival, and they can also do Nepal visa extension process. The 'On Arrival' visa process is quick and easy. During the peak tourist season, expect some lines. If you want to avoid the lines, you can get a visa from a Nepalese diplomatic mission stationed abroad before you arrive. You have a choice.

If you obtained a visa from a Nepalese diplomatic mission, you must enter Nepal within six months of the date on which the visa was issued. Your total stay in Nepal is calculated from the day you arrive. Nepal tourist visa extension is possible, but you have to pass some procedures.

'Tourist Visas' are those obtained at the entry and exit points upon arrival. They are equipped with multiple re-entry points. The only way to enter Nepal is with a 'Tourist Visa On Arrival.' If you are visiting Nepal for reasons of tourism reasons (sightseeing, tours, travel, mountaineering, trekking, or visiting friends and family), you must obtain a "Tourist Visa." However, you must obtain permission from the Department of Immigration to change your visa category based on your purpose and length of stay in Nepal by submitting the required documents.

Nationals of the following countries are required to obtain a visa from their nearest Nepalese diplomatic missions (Embassies/Consulates) prior to their arrival.

1. Ghana

2. Liberia

3. Nigeria

4. Zimbabwe

5. Swaziland

6. Cameroon

7. Somalia

8. Iraq

9. Ethiopia

10. Palestine

11. Afghanistan

12. Syria

13. Refugees who have a valid travel document

If you have not obtained a tourist visa prior to boarding the plane, please follow these simple procedures for Tourist Visa on Arrival at the Airport (TIA). (There are some similarities to Nepal visa extension requirements, so be attentive!)

1. The First Step

- Complete the 'Arrival Card'

- Fill out an online 'Tourist Visa' form (you can do this prior to your arrival by visiting our official website Department of Immigration or you can do it at the airport using Kiosk machines). You will receive a submission receipt with a barcode if you fill it out on the website; please print it out and bring it with you when applying for a visa. It works for fifteen days before becoming invalid. If that's the case, you'll have to refill it.

2. The Second Step

- Make a bank deposit in accordance with your visa requirements (15/30/90 days).

- Obtain a receipt

While you can pay with a variety of methods (at the visa fee collection counter), we recommend that you bring some cash just in case.

Fee for Visas on Arrival at Entry Points

30 USD for 15 days

50 USD for 30 days

125 USD for 90 days

3. The Third Step

- Bring your online form, payment receipts, and passport to the Immigration Desk.

- Present your documents to a visa officer for processing. He/she issues you a visa once he/she is satisfied.

Tourist visa extensions are available for a minimum of 15 days at a cost of USD 30 plus USD 3 per day for each additional day for Nepal tourist visa extension fee. In the event of a delay of fewer than 150 days, a late fee of USD 5 per day will be charged for Nepal visa extension cost.

Gratis Visa (Free Visa)

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Nepal Visas are issued free of charge to the following types of visa applicants:

- Children under the age of ten, excluding US citizens

- SAARC citizens (except Afghans) visiting Nepal for the first time in a year may stay for up to 30 days. Afghan citizens are only eligible for a Gratis Visa on Arrival if the Department of Immigration recommends it. If you are an Afghan citizen, you can request that a relevant institution invite you to Nepal to complete the necessary paperwork with the Department of Immigration in order to obtain a Gratis Visa 'On Arrival.'

- Holder of a Non-Resident Nepalese (NRN) card (issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad)

- Chinese citizens

Due to a reciprocal visa waiver agreement, officials from China, Brazil, Russia, and Thailand do not require an entry visa.

Tourist Visas include all types of visas, including 'Gratis' issued at the airport. If you want to extend your visa or change the category of your visa, contact the Department of Immigration. Tourist visa extensions are also available at the Pokhara Immigration Office. Non-tourist visa extensions are only possible (if eligible) at the Department of Immigration for a maximum of one year (except business visa).

Nepal visa extension requirements

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- One passport-size photo with a light background and a valid passport.

- Visas are only available in the following currencies: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar, and Japanese Yen.

- Visa fees cannot be paid with a credit card, Indian currency, or Nepalese currency.

Nepal visa extension cost

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Nepal tourist visa extensions are available. Extension for 15 days – $30; Extension for more than 15 days (up to 30 days) – $3/day; Extension for more than 30 days – $50

How to extend visa in Nepal?

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Foreigners can extend their visas by either reading the final process at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu or the Immigration Office in Pokhara, or by filling out the application form online (http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/) and introducing a copy to those offices. To receive an extension, foreigners must bring their passports (showing their Nepal tourist visas) with them. Payments for extensions can be made in either US dollars or Nepalese rupees. Children under the age of ten do not have to pay an extension fee.

Tourist Visa Overstaying in Nepal

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Overstaying a tourist visa can be a serious issue, so it's best to take care of it right away. Overstaying a tourist visa for less than 30 days results in a $3/day penalty fine plus a $2/day extension fee. These fees must be paid in Kathmandu at the Department of Immigration, not at Tribhuvan International Airport.

The best way for international travelers to avoid this issue is to not overstay their visa. The fines mentioned above, as well as higher fines if the tourist stays longer than 30 days, and arrest are all possible outcomes.

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