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Access to Nepal

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Coming to Nepal from all around the world, Access to Nepal is now easier than ever. Nepal Airlines (NA) the national flag carrier of Nepal, as well as several other airlines such as Turkish Air, Qatar Airways, Thai Airways, Air Asia etc have their regular flights connecting to several famous cities like Bangkok, Qatar, Dubai, many cities of India and so on.There are dozens of domestic flight services operating to make your travel swift inside the country.

For those who come by the land, there are eight road entry points. Birgunj, Kakarbhitta, Nepalgunj, Dhangadi, Bhairahawa and Mahendra Nagar are the entry points for those who are coming via India. Kodari and Taklakot are two entry points those coming from Tibet.

Customs: All baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs on arrival at the port of 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.

Import: Apart from used personal belongings, visitors are allowed to bring to Nepal free of duty cigarette (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.

Export: 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 (tel: 4213701, 4213702) at Ramshah Path near Singha Durbar has to certify all metal statues, sacred paintings and similar objects before they are allowed to be sent or carried out of the country. Handicraft dealers and travel agents are able to assist you in this process. For more information on customs matters, contact the Chief Customs Administrator, TIA Customs Office; tel: 4470110, 4472266.

Airport Tax:
Passengers departing from the Tribhuvan International Airport are required to pay an airport tax of Rs. 770 if going to SAARC countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Shri Lanka) and Rs, 1100 to all other international destinations.

Note:The new Airport Tax is equally applicable to Nepalese as well as non-Nepalese citizens flying from Nepal.

Travelling by Road:
All visitors entering Nepal by land must use no other entry points other than:

Nepal-India border
Belhiya, Bhairahawa
Mahendra Nagar

Nepal-China border
The overland tourists entering the country with their vehicles must possess an international carnet.