Access to Nepal

Access to Nepal

Access to NepalAccessibility to Nepal is very easy. If you are from America and Australia via Bangkok or Hong Kong is better because NAC and Thai has a connection flights from there. If you are from Europe Austrian air and Lauda air are supportive for you. There are many international airlines operating flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka Shanghai, Moscow, Bangkok, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Karachi, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Varanasi, Paro, Dhaka, Vienna, Amsterdam, Lhasa, and Kuala Lumpur. If you are coming via India, there is a direct bus service from Delhi to Kathmandu or train and bus service to border between Nepal and India and then deluxe tourist coaches/ private or public buses to Kathmandu. Vehicles are available at any time to pick you up from any entry points within Nepal or any part of India.

Entry Points

The following is the list of entry and exit points for the foreigners entering into Nepal and departing from the country. Upon entry, the immigration officials stamps on your passports with the permit to enter and explore the Himalayan country. Nevertheless, before you leave the desk of the immigration official make sure to check the stamp and the date. Usually, the immigration offices at these entry and exit points are open for 24 hours.

Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu

Tribhuvan International Airport is the only one international airport of Nepal. Most of tourists visiting to Nepal arrive through this point of entry. TIA is the only gateway to Kathmandu for the tourists who come by air. If you have not visa already, there is a visa counter in TIA. You can fill up the form with pp photographs; pay 30 USD in bank near by the counter and take the visa first and cross the immigration. The Airport named after King Tribhuvan, the 8th Shah King of Nepal, is situated about 7 km east of the city (25 minutes drive from Thamel). TIA is also in between all the three major cities of Kathmandu Valley namely Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan. Facilities of bank, duty free shop, currency exchange, communication, restaurants and tourist information center are available there.

Kakarbhitta, Jhapa

Kakarbhitta is a small town of Jhapa district on the border of Nepal and India in the eastern part of is one of the entry points of Nepal. It is located 610 kilometers from Kathmandu and an hour from Siliguri or four hours from Darjeeling in India. Tourists can commute to Kathmandu or any other cities by either bus or air. The closest airport at Bhadrapur is about 25 km southwest of Kakarbhitta or you can also get a flight to Kathmandu from Biratnagar 3 hours drive from here. Domestic flight from Bhadrapur /Biratnagar to Kathmandu takes about an hour approximately or 16 hours drive.

Access to NepalBirgunj

Birgunj is the main entry point of Indian tourists as well as other tourists especially coming from Calcutta and Patna which is 3 km from the Indian northern border Raxaul. It is about 210 kilometers away from Kathmandu is also important for import of foreign goods to Nepal. Many tourists enjoy sightseeing in this flat land and low altitude city as well as the accommodation of varied choices. Birgunj has a railway to Raxaul. The nearest airport is in Simara that is about 20 km from Birgunj and it takes about 20 minutes to reach Kathmandu by air.


Kodari is about 6/7 hours drive from Kathmandu lies on the Nepal-China border. This border is still regarded as an important trading center between Nepal and Tibet. Apart from all this, Kodari is very famous for its magnificent rivers gorges and splendid scenes of mountains. The very famous hot water spring of Nepal called Tatopani is also very close to Kodari. There are quite few places to lodge in this area and regular buses are available to commute to Kathmandu.
Sunauli, Bhairahawa

Sunauli, which is also known as, Siddarthanagar, is about 8-9 hours drive and 280 kilometers away from Kathmandu. This city being close to the border of India is another important city in Nepal from the import and export business aspect. Bhairahawa is also the gateway to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. It takes about 30 minutes to reach Kathmandu from Bhairahawa via plane.

Jamunaha, Nepalgunj

Jamunaha is about 12-13 hours drive and 530 kilometers away from Kathmandu. There are direct flights between Kathmandu and Nepalgunj everyday and the buses are easily available. Nepalgunj is also one of the major trading centers of Nepal and it lies near the Indian border and well connected to all major Indian cities by road and railways.

Mohana, Dhangadhi

Mohana, which lies in far western region of Nepal, is about 660 kilometers away from Kathmandu. Although this place does not have much to offer, it is used as an entry and exit point to and from Kathmandu mostly by the Indian tourists as the capital of India, New Delhi is just about 6 hours drive. Dhangadhi is also facilitated by decent stay in places in cheap prices. 91/21205) is in the bazaar.

Gadda Chauki, Mahendranagar

Gadda Chauki is a small town that lies in the far western region of Nepal. It is about 18-19 hours drive and 695 kilometers away from Kathmandu. A visit to Bardia National Park can be arranged while in Mahendranagar.

Entry points for all foreigners are mentioned in the map. Deviation from these points at the time of entry will be treated as the violation of Immigration Act of Nepal. Exit points are also the same.


Access to NepalAll baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs on arrival at the entry. Passengers arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) without any dutiable goods can proceed through the Green Channel for quick clearance without a baggage check. If you are carrying dutiable articles, you have to pass through the Red Channel for detailed customs clearance. Carrying narcotics, arms and ammunition are strictly prohibited.


Apart from used personal belongings, visitors are allowed to bring to Nepal free of duty cigarettes (200) or cigars (50), distilled liquor (one 1.15 liter bottle), and film (15 rolls). You can also bring in the following articles free of duty on condition that you take them out with you when you leave: binoculars, movie or video camera, still camera, laptop computer, and portable music system.


It is illegal to export objects over 100 years old (sacred images, paintings, manuscripts) that are valued for culture and religious reasons. Visitors are advised not to purchase such items as they are Nepal’s cultural heritage and belong here. The Department of Archaeology at Kathmandu has to certify all metal statues, sacred paintings and similar objects before they are allowed to be sent or carried out of the country. Your travel agent also able to assists you in this process.

Customs Formalities

All baggage must be declared and cleared through the custom on arrival at the entry. Personal effects are permitted free entry. A tourist may bring in dutiable goods , such as tobaco and liquor with in the prescrible quantity free of duty . Carrying narcoties ,arms and ammunition are strictly prohibited. Visitors can export souviners to their respective countries. The export of antiques requires special certificate from the department of Archaelogy, National Archive Building, Ram saha path, Kathmandu.(TEL :215358).

Luggage Allowance

In general, your maximum flight luggage allowance is 44 lbs/20 kilos per person. One small piece of hand luggage up to 11lbs/5 kilos may be taken on board with maximum dimensions of 20 x 15 x 10 inches / 50.8 x 38.1 x 25.4 Cm. On transatlantic flights the maximum flight allowance is generally two pieces of checked luggage of up to 70lbs/32 kilos per person (neither piece should exceed 62 inches in height, length plus width). If your itinerary involves internal flights your maximum flight allowance is 44lbs/20 kilos per person. Please call us for details and check your flight tickets for details specific to your flight, since excess baggage is not always permitted and is subject to additional charges. Please call us if you wish to carry excess baggage for sports equipment such as golf clubs, since carriage is at the airline’s discretion and subject to additional charge.

Entry Procedures

All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold a passport and a valid visa. The visas can be obtained at the Nepalese Diplomatic Missions and Consuls abroad.

By Air:

The Nepal Airlines (RA) is the national flag carrier of Nepal with Flights to/ from Kathmandu

Bangkok: 2.5 hrs
Calcutta: 1.00 hrs
Delhi: 1.15 hrs
Dubai: 4.11hrs
Frankfurt: 10.00hrs
Hongkong: 5 hrs
Mumbai: 2.20 hrs
Osaka: 7.20 hrs
Paris: 11.00hrs
London: 12.00 hrs
Shanghai: 4.50 hrs
Singapore: 4.30hrs

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