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More than eight percent of Nepal’s GDP is contributed by tourism and it is estimated to rise exponentially in coming years. So in the journey to make tourism the backbone of its economy, Nepal has adopted some easy visa policies for the tourists. Till date, Tribhuvan International Airport is the only way through air to enter Nepal and two other airports are under construction in Bhairawaha and Pokhara. However, there are multiple entry points from land boarder like Birgunj, Sunauli etc.
First of all, if you are a SAARC citizen (except Afghanistan) gratis visa (Visa for Free) is issued up to 30 days for the first time in a given visa year. And if you are from India, no worries, no visa is required as the countries have open boarder system and entry – exit is a bit easier.
Nepal has established its diplomatic missions in more than 130 countries of the world and the eligible citizen are issued tourist visa form the Nepalese embassies from respective countries and one must enter Nepal within six months of visa issued date.
Nepal issues on arrival visa thorough TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport), immigration office. For this you have to fill up the arrival card, and online Tourist Visa form and make payment one the bank and get the receipt. Payment can be done by various ways but its better to carry some cash. Proceed to immigration desk; submit your receipt and passport. Visa is issued as per the satisfaction of the immigration officer.

Trekking Permit

Nepal allows trekking except for some restricted areas as free individual trekkers or in a group. Some places are strictly prohibited for individual trekkers.
Permit is given to different trekking agencies by the government and these agencies can apply for permits on the behalf of the trekkers. Trekkers cannot apply directly to the immigration. Permit fees vary according to places, but one should make sure that the visa expiry date is not over. Trekkers should follow different terms and conditions.
Trekkers must follow the designated route and they are not allowed change the route. Trekkers should travel under the guidance of licensed trekking guide. The guide needs to be insured.
Mountaineers with expedition permit should get trekking permit as well if they have to pass through Restricted Areas to climb peaks. In this case, they do not need to pay fees for (Trekking) Permit. Trekkers should respect the dos and don’ts of the local cultures.