International Conference on 

Cryosphere of the Hindu Kush Himalaya: State of the Knowledge and Hindu Kush Himalayan Cryosphere Data Sharing Policy

13-16 May 2014

Kathmandu, Nepal

Visa and Airport Information 

Unless you are a citizen of Nepal or India, you will need a visa to enter Nepal. You are welcome to obtain this from the Embassy of Nepal in your home country. However, Nepal also offers visa-on-arrival facilities to citizens of most countries. For this you will need to carry US$ 30 in cash, and two passport size photos. You will receive the application form before landing in Kathmandu, and you will need to stand in the typically slower-moving visa on arrival line at airport immigration.

Please note that visa-on-arrival is NOT available to citizens of Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Somalia, Ethiopia, Liberia, Cameroon, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Ghana, and Nigeria. If you are a citizen of one of these countries you will need to obtain your visa before flying to Nepal. 

For more information please visit Nepal Immigration

Please note: For those travelers who are government employees required to travel on an Official Passport, you will need to work through your agency to obtain the appropriate paperwork to apply for a visa well in advance of your trip. Please make sure to carry the invitation letter along with you at immigration in case of any queries.

Kathmandu airport is quite small, if you are lucky you can be out within 20 minutes after landing. But if many flights have landed before yours, it may take 1-2 hours to clear immigration and customs. 


Air ticket and visa (ICIMOD sponsored participants only)

To attend the conference/workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal, please book direct excursion round trip airfare from your country of residence to Kathmandu, and send us the cost of airfare for approval. The organizer will cover the cost of air travel between your home country and Kathmandu including all applicable airport taxes. You are requested to make your own air travel arrangements, and claim these costs on a reimbursement basis upon your arrival. While booking, please ensure that you arrive in Kathmandu by 12th May 2014 and the return should be booked for the 17th May 2012. Upon receiving your flight itinerary and airfare, we will advise you further on the travel arrangements. The costs for your travel, accommodation and meals will be provided. 

For those of you planning to acquire a visa upon arrival at the airport, please bring with you two passport-sized photographs and US$25 cash for the visa fee. Gratis Visa is available for SAARC nationals visiting Nepal for the first time in Nepal in 2014. We request you to claim Gratis Visa if it is applicable to you.


Transportation from and to the airport

Transport from the airport to the hotel will be provided by the Hotel Himalaya.  Please look for the Hotel Himalaya transportation at the Kathmandu Airport.  Kindly send your flight details to Ms Neetu Ghale () so that transport and logistical support can be arranged in advance. For your return journey, transport from hotel to the airport will also be provided. You are requested to be ready in the hotel lobby 3 hours before your departure time, please enquire at the hotel reception.