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Administrator / Thursday, 13 September 2012 19:55

Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) is an only international airport in Nepal, situated 5.56km east of Kathmandu city. There are two terminals, one domestic and one international. A recent extension to the international terminal has made the distance to the airplanes shorter. At present, about 30 international airlines connect Nepal to various other destinations in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The national carrier is Nepal Airlines. For Visit Nepal 2011 campaign, major renovations took place, including the expansion of the departure and arrival halls, airport runway and facilities. Tribhuvan International thus plays a very vital role since it forms a central hub from which local businesses can expand into the surrounding international arenas. It also provides a business opportunity for both local and international airlines.

Tribhuvan International Airport was previously known as Gauchar Airport, named after an area it was located. Aviation in Nepal began life in 1949 and in 1955 the airport was inaugurated by King Mahendra and renamed Tribhuvan Airport in memory of his father. The airport was again renamed Tribhuvan International Airport in 1964. TIA was officially inaugurated in February 1990 by late His Majesty King Birenda. Since then, 90% of all flights now take place from the new terminal, helping the airport to live up to the title “Gateway of Nepal”.

After you arrive at TIA, the first thing you need to do is go to Immigration hall. There are two counters for tourists. One is for those arriving with valid visa and the other, for tourists who require visa.

Visa Fees and Requirements

  • The fee for a Single Entry Tourist Visa to Nepal for 60 days is US $60 or equivalent foreign currency

  • Additional $50 grants Multiple Entry Visas

  • Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum of 150 days. Visa extension free for 30 days is USD $ 30.

  • To apply for visa, you will also need a valid passport, and two passport size photos.

  • Business Visa fee is US$ 100 for one year with multiple re-entries and US$ 250 for five years with multiple re-entries.

After obtaining a visa, you are required to fill up the disembarkation card in which you are required to give passport details and planned length of stay. Normally, the disembarkation form is provided on the plane connecting to Nepal. If you hadn’t received the form in the aircraft, you can get it at the immigration hall in the airport. Make sure you fill out the form on which it is written "For Foreigners" if you are a foreigner.

After you fill out and submit the entry form, you can finally proceed to the Baggage claim. Since TIA is not a big airport, it is impossible to get lost. Once you’re done with that and come out of the airport, you can grab a taxi and head straight to your hotel.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 22:40

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