Nepal | July 03, 2020

New rules for Nepali tourists travelling abroad

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, November 18

Nepalis, who wish to travel abroad on tourist visa, will now have to produce documents such as two-way tickets to ensure prompt return of the visitors from destination countries.

The government has introduced strict provisions for Nepalis by revising the rules for travelling  abroad. New rules also require Nepali tourists to produce proof that they possess currency equivalent to USD 1,000, sponsor letter from their family members and document to prove accommodation arrangement such as hotel, in the destination country.

The rules also state that the individuals traveling abroad need to be verified if he/she is black listed by the government and securities agencies in the country. Also, the immigration department can now deny permission for visiting particular countries if they feel the travelling routes are suspicious.

Visitors need to produce boarding passes up to final destination country. Officials of DoI said that if the travellers had to change flight at the transit, they should show the documents that clearly state about transit airports before reaching the destination.

The new rule has categorised destination countries into eight groups with separate rules for them. The categorisation is done for the first time in the country, which according to DoI will ensure safety of passengers and prevent them from indulging in illegal activities.

Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa endorsed the new rules a few days ago on November 12. Department of Immigration which has published the new rules on its official website, said the new rules were introduced in a bid to stop Nepalis from traveling illegally and regulate their visits.

Countries like Canada, USA, Europe, Australia, Japan and South Korea have been categorised in Group-A, where the visitors are required to be verified if they are black listed or are travelling through suspicious transit points.

China and Thailand are categorised in Group-B, where the authorities can stamp, ‘only for that particular country’ if found necessary.  Nepalis visiting SAARC countries except India and Afghanistan are also required to produce two way tickets and currency equivalent to USD 1,000, among other documents.

In case of India, authorities can stamp ‘Only India’ in the passport, if they suspect that the visitors will travel other countries from there. According to Eshor Raj Poudel, Director General of DoI, the rule of stamping ‘particular country’ was introduced in a bid tackle growing cases of human trafficking, where human trafficking victims are often found to have reached another country rather than the destination country.

These rules will be applicable for all countries except African countries where there are provisions of on-arrival visa system.

Nepalis travelling gulf countries to visit their siblings will also have to produce relationship verification letter provided by local authorities along with the sponsor letter sent by their family members. If they are travelling from travel agencies, legal documents like tour package list needed to be produced before the authorities at the airport.

DoI’s DG  Poudel said new rules would be helpful in curbing human trafficking and to ensure that the people visiting other countries on visiting visa would return to their home country on time.

A version of this article appears in print on November 19, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Health Minister says 'Enough is Enough' campaign justifiable

KATHMANDU: Activists of 'Enough is Enough' campaign today held a discussion with the Minister of Health and Population, Bhanubhakta Dhakal, to draw the government's attention towards the demands put forth by the campaigners. They have insisted that the government take the demands seriously and ac Read More...

Sudurpaschim yet to discuss budget as opposition continues obstruction

DHANGADHI: Sudurpaschim Province has not been able to hold any discussion on budget even after unveiling it more than two weeks ago. The deliberation on budget could not proceed even after 17 days since the parties in opposition have been obstructing the Provincial Assembly meeting. Main oppositi Read More...

Novak Djokovic and his wife test negative for coronavirus

BELGRADE: Novak Djokovic and his wife have tested negative for the coronavirus, his media team said Thursday, 10 days after announcing they had contracted the disease. The top-ranked player tested positive for the virus after playing in an exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia amid t Read More...

In Pictures: Protest against govt's ineffective response to COVID-19 crisis

Kathmandu, July 2 Youths hold placards while maintaining safe distance as they take part in a protest at Patan on Thursday demanding better and effective response from the government in handling COVID-19 outbreak. Read More...

PM Oli at HAMS hospital to take stock of health of activists on Satyagraha

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has visited the HAMS hospital to take stock of health of youth activists who have been staging a fast-unto-death Satyagraha for the last six days. Activist Iih along with others have been staging the Satyagraha demanding that the government correct its cour Read More...

Colombia sex workers

Thailand's migrant sex workers fear for the future

BANGKOK: Bua used to earn up to 40,000 baht ($1,300) a month as a sex worker in Thailand's northern province of Chiang Mai when the coronavirus forced entertainment venues to close, leaving her jobless. Since March, the 32-year-old single mother, who is Burmese, has racked up debts of more than 1 Read More...

Botswana investigating mystery deaths of 275 elephants

GABORONE: The number of elephants found dead in Botswana's Okavango Panhandle has risen to 275 from 154 reported two weeks ago, the government said on Thursday. Authorities are investigating the unexplained deaths over the past months. Poaching has been ruled out as the carcasses were found Read More...

Deepika Padukone champions #DobaraPoocho on importance of discussing mental health issues

KATHMANDU: Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone has urged to be a little more attentive towards their loved ones and repeatedly inquire about their life struggles and mental health issues, through a campaign #DobaraPoocho. Taking to her Instagram on June 30, 34-year-old actor posted a video about che Read More...