Travel Advise

VISA INFORMATION

REQUIREMENT FOR OBTAINING NEPALI VISA FOR FOREIGN NATIONAL 

A valid passport
One passport -size photo with a white or light background

Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Nepali currency, Credit card & Indian currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.

VISA FEES

15 days- US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
30 days- US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
90 days- US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency


Visa Extension

Tourists can stay for a maximum of 150 days in a visa year (Jan 1 to Dec 31).  Please find more information about Nepal visa on,  www.nepalimmigration.gov.np

Nepal Visa For Chinese citizens

As per official circular of the Embassy of Nepal in Beijing, China, Chinese citizens applying for tourist visa to Nepal are being provided “gratis tourist visa” from Jan. 5, 2016, from following Nepali missions in the People’s Republic of China:

Embassy of Nepal, Beijing
Consulate General of Nepal, Lhasa
Consulate General of Nepal, Hong Kong
Honorary Consulate of Nepal, Shanghai


AIRPORT PICK UP ARRANGEMENT

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, You will be greeted by a VCD Nepal representative. He will be  holding your name plate on hand with VCD Nepal sign. Please don’t panic if you don’t see anymore. Just make a phone call and he will be there right away.

 


ACCOMMODATION

After we pick you up from the airport you will be directly taken to your accommodation. It will be either a local host family or a tourist standard hotel in Thamel.

 


VOLUNTEER’S ORIENTATION

If you arrive early morning, you can take a nap for few hours. In the afternoon you will be picked up by VCD staff from your accommodation and take you to the VCD office for the administration and project brief. Next few days you will be busy doing some sightseeing and cultural and language orientation. Once you finish you will be transferred to the placement. VCD will arrange all local transportation to and from the placement.

 


SIGHTSEEING AROUND KATHMANDU

VCD staff will take you around some famous temples, monasteries and Stupas. Such as Money temple, Pashupati Nath, Bouddha Nath, Kathmandu Durbar square. You must pay for transportation and entry fees.


PAYMENT

You must pay your program fee when you visit VCD office. We only accept Euros, US dollars, British Pounds Australian & Canadian dollars. Credit card, master card are not accepted.

MONEY: Nepali rupees are the local currency. There are bank ATM facilities in Kathmandu and Pokhara; Credit cards, though accepted at most places, usually incur 3-4% additional tax. Generally, US$18 -25 per day is sufficient for food and accommodation in a budget hotel/lodge. Nepali rupees can be obtained on arrival at Kathmandu airport.


CANCELLATION POLICY

No refund once you start the program
50% refund before you start the program.

 


DAILY EXPENSES

Really depends how expensive you are!  A one liter bottled water cost about 25 Nepali rupees . A good lunch at local restaurant would cost about 100 – 200 rupees. But if you go to tourist places you will spend at least 350 to 500 rupees. As you program fee includes( accommodation,  2 -3 meals a day you won’t be spending much unless you want to get extra food and buy drinks. 30-50 USD is more than enough for a month to buy bottled water, sometimes go out to eat in a restaurant, use public transport and socialize with other volunteers. One US dollars is about 100 Nepali rupees.


MONEY EXCHANGE/ATM

All major international currencies are accepted in Nepal and can be exchanged at the airport or other commercial banks in the country. Most of the hotels are also authorized for exchanging.

 


BOOKS

If you want to read anything whilst in Nepal, you can buy books from several second hand stores in the Thamel area. All of these stores will then buy the book back at 50% of what you paid, and they will also buy books that you brought with you and no longer need.

 


LAUNDRY

There are plenty of places to get your clothes washed in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Most places charge by the piece.