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Foreign visitors other than Indian nationals need valid passports to enter Nepal. Indian nationals need valid passports/travel document if the entry point is airport. There is a provision of seven categories of visa in the Immigration Act 2049 and Immigration Regulation 2051. These are:

  • 1) Non-tourist Visa
    • Non-tourist Visa for Carrying out the Feasibility Study

      Foreign Visitors, wishing to undertake research and study with a purpose of investing in Nepal, may be granted a non-tourist visa by the Department of Immigration for a maximum period of 6 months on recommendation of the DOI.

      Non-tourist visa for Expatriates

      If required skilled manpower is not available locally, industry can employ foreign nationals by obtaining work permit. Such expatriate personnel working in the industries will be granted a non-tourist visa for duration of one year at a time on recommendation of DOI and Department of Labour. The work permit for such persons can be provided for up to a period of 5 years on annual renewal basis

  • 2) Business Visa
    • Foreign investors and/or his/her authorised representative and their dependents will be granted a business visa for up to a period of five years at a time on recommendation of DOI. The criteria of visa-period recommendation will be as set by the DOI. Various parameters such as investment level, financial performance, employment generation, income tax paid, area of investment etc. will be analysed prior to recommending the visa.

  • 3) Residential Visa
    • Foreign investor making an investment equivalent to more than US $ one hundred thousand, at one time and in convertible foreign currency, will be granted a residential visa on recommendation of DOI. This visa can be granted for one year at a time.

Required Documents

Non-tourist Visa for Carrying out the Feasibility Study

For obtaining this visa, the prospective investor should apply to DOI in the prescribed format along with the following documents:

  • i) Bio-Data of the applicant
  • ii) Photo copy of the passport with the last visa
  • iii) Brief description of the project in which research and study will be undertaken.
  • iv) Photocopy of the citizenship certificate of the Nepalese investor, if the proposed industry is going to be established as a joint venture.

After obtaining the recommendation from DOI, they need to apply to the Department of Immigration in the prescribed format along with the following documents:

  • i) Passport size photograph, 6 nos
  • ii) Recommendation letter from DOI
  • iii) Bio-Data of the applicant
  • iv) Photo copy of the passport with the last visa.

Non-tourist visa for Expatriates

For obtaining this visa, the prospective investor should apply to DOI in the prescribed format along with the following documents:

  • i) Copy of the Agreement between the industry and expatriate
  • ii) Progress report of the industry
  • iii) Bio-Data of the expatriate personnel (mainly describing the experience in the related industry) and academic certificates
  • iv) Photo copy of the passport with last visa
  • v) Name list of Nepalese workers who will be trained from the expatriate
  • vi) Industry registration certificate
  • vii) Copy of vacancy announcement advertised in national daily

Business Visa

For obtaining this visa, the prospective investor should apply to DOI in the prescribed format along with the following documents:

  • i) Photo copy of the passport with last visa
  • ii) Proof showing investment made in the company.
  • iii) Industry registration certificate
  • iv) Progress report of the industry including the current status
  • v) Certificate of relationship with the dependents.
  • vi) In case of an authorised representative, a letter authorising representation for the foreign investor and the photocopy of passport.
  • vii) Contact address and telephone number of the investor

Once the recommendation letter is obtained from DOI, the investor or the authorised representative may apply to the Department of Immigration in the prescribed format along the with the following documents:

  • i) Passport size photograph, 6 nos
  • ii) Recommendation letter from DOI
  • iii) Certificate of Incorporation
  • iv) Copy of the temporary/permanent account number (PAN)
  • v) Copy of the share certificate (in case of equity investment)
  • vi) Copy of the passport with last visa
  • vii) Industry registration certificate
  • viii) Bio-Data of the passport holder

However, for the visa extension the following documents are to be submitted to the Department of Immigration:

  • i) Passport size photograph, 3 nos
  • ii) Recommendation letter from DOI
  • iii) Copy of the tax clearance certificate
  • iv) Copy of the passport with last visa
  • v) Bio-Data of the passport holder

Official Fees/Charges for categories of Visas


Non-tourist Visa for Carrying out the Feasibility Study

The charge for this category of visa is US $ 60 per month

Non-tourist visa for Expatriates

The charges for this category of visa are:

  • i) First Year US $ 60 per month.
  • ii) Second Year onwards US $ 100 per month

Business Visa

The charges for this category of visa are:

For the investments less than Rs. 10 million

  • i) Multiple entry, US $ 30 per month.
  • ii) Multiple entry, US $ 300 per year.
  • iii) Multiple entry, US $ 1000 for 5 years.

For the investments Rs. 10 million to Rs. 100 million

  • i) US $ 10 per month.
  • ii) Multiple entry, US $ 100 per year.
  • iii) Multiple entry US $ 300 for 5 years.

Residential Visa

The charge for this category of visa is US $ 700 per year for the first time and US $ 1200 per year for each renewal.

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