I will be arriving in Nepal tomorrow and I’m getting mixed information on how to pay for the visa on arrival.

Some sites say cash only, some say I can use a credit card.

Does anyone have recent experience with paying for the visa on arrival? My US currency is quite low, but I have quite a bit of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai currency.

I will be arriving at Kathmandu international airport.


Okay, so here is the immigration area for Visa on Arrival in Nepal:

When you get into the arrival terminal head to your right towards the little kiosks:

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From there you will scan your passport and fill out the info on the screen. There was a nice lady helping people and she spoke excellent English when I arrived, so that helped. Get your printed ticket.

Next, head back in the direction you came from and you will see this counter:

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Here are the currencies they accept and yes they do accept credit card (you can see in the image above on the left)!

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Once you pay for your visa head to the immigration officers (not the visa gratis lane) and you’re all set.

The process was super simple and very fast, at least until you get to customs!


Lonely Planet says the Katmandu airport officials accept "any major currency" but land borders only accept USD.

The official site says:

While you can use different modes of payments (at visa fees collection counter), we advise you to carry some cash to be on the safe side.

This site is a bit more dubious but claims "Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen".

Since you have none of those currencies (perhaps the fact Chinese don't have to pay for the visa means they don't accept CNY), and it appears credit card payment is probably not possible, at least not reliably, I would suggest carrying something like USD or maybe Euros since "tomorrow" is very close.

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    Thanks for the reply, I was able to get some USD so I will know for sure in a few hours. Thanks for the response, once I get confirmation I’ll comment with that info to help solidify this answer – TravelLikeBeaker Jan 10 '20 at 22:09
  • @TravelLikeBeaker Safe travels. You can also answer your question yourself and accept it. – Spehro Pefhany Jan 10 '20 at 23:26

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