KATHMANDU:

The government has decided to increase the visa fee for foreigners visiting Nepal. As per the revised rates, foreigners visiting Nepal on a 15-day multiple-entry tourist visa will have to pay $30 in visa fees, up from $25.

For 30-day multiple-entry, tourist will have to pay $50, up from $40. Similarly, for 90-day visa, it will cost foreigners $125, up from $100 charged currently,

Visa charge for those visiting Nepal on a 30-day non-tourist visa has been set at $30.

The new provision will come into effect once the immigration regulation amendment is published in the Nepal Gazette, spokesperson for the government and Minister of Communications and Information Technology Gokul Baskota said.

The Cabinet meeting this week decided to increase multiple-entry tourist visa fee.

The government has also revised fees for acquiring a trekking route permit for foreigners.

As per the revised rates, foreigners willing to trek to Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpa have to pay $500 for the first 10 days. If they plan to extend their journey beyond 10 days, they will be charged $50 per day.

However, travelers from SAARC countries, except India and Afghanistan, enjoy free multiple-entry tourist visa for 30 days, and $3 per day thereafter.

SAARC countries in the scheme are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Sir Lanka and Pakistan. While Indian nationals do not require a visa to enter Nepal, Afghanistan is excluded from the scheme.

The government had announced a free visa scheme for Chinese nationals in December 2015.