The foreign tourists wishing to visit Nepal can now apply online for visa.
"In an attempt to offer better quality and smart services to the guest, we have launched Online Application system," said the Department of Immigration,
Since the system consumes less paper, it is also a part of the commitment to the environment friendly service, it said, adding that foreigners, who want to apply visa to visit or stay in Nepal can apply visa through the online application.
The online application system will save 15 days as one can apply at one's convenience and produce it before Immigration Authority at the time of entry and visa extension.
Initially, the online service is available at the Department of Immigration, Kathmandu and one of the ports of entry of Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu.
One can apply online for all types of visa except diplomatic and official. "For diplomatic and official visa, one has to apply online at Ministry of Foreign Affairs," said the department that grants a tourist visa of maximum 150 days in a visa year from January to December.
A tourist, who has departed before the expiry of the period specified in the visa issued in a visa year shall not be allowed to use the visa by adding the remaining period to another visa year, according to the department that has clarified that one can use the facility, if any foreigner who has entered into Nepal towards the end of a visa year desires to spend even the period during which one may stay in Nepal with the tourist visa of the other visa year. "Provided, however, that the computation of the fees for such period shall be made on the basis of the total period of his stay."