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Business Trip to Nepal

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Business Travel to Nepal: A Guide

You can’t run a successful business without business travel—whether it’s a cross-country road trip or a business meeting in another country, Oasis Nepal will manage your itinerary and manage your trip in the best possible way, considering your hustle and free time.

Nepal is diverse ethnically, linguistically, and culturally, and is no doubt one of the most interesting places in the world to visit.. Generally conservative by nature, Nepalese are congenial people who take pride in their national and ethnic heritage. Foreigners should be prepared to obtain the appropriate introductions and spend time building trust before entering into serious business negotiations. Visitors are normally greeted by saying “Hello” or “Namaste” followed by a handshake. An exchange of business cards follows. They like conversing briefly before entering into business negotiations. Normal business attire is appropriate.

Business Visa

Nepal is well prepared to welcome investors. Nepal has provisions of business visas for investors and businessmen/women investing in the country or who wish to have some business meeting in Nepal. Visa is issued by DOI upon receipt of the following documents from the applicant.

  • Online Application
  • Recommendation letter from Department of Industry or concerned line agency of Government
  • Bio Data  ( for first time applicants)
  • Foreign Investment Acceptance letter from the Department of Industry
  • Copy of Company Registration Certificate
  • Copy of PAN/VAT certificate
  • Copy of Share certificate
  • Copy of Industry Registration Certificate
  • Copy of Passport and latest visa
  • Latest tax clearance (regular visa)
  • Industry Monitoring and Supervision report
  • Progress report of company or industry (for renewal)

Unlike other Non Tourist Visa, Business visa is issued for at least a month up to 1 year / for whole five years at a time.

Business Visa Fee

Business Visa Processing fee varies with the amount of investment made.

Investor investing less than 10 million (NRS) – USD 35/month, USD400/year, USD 1000 for five years

Investor Investing more than 10 million (NRS) – USD 20/month, USD200/year, USD 500 for five years

Investor Investing more than 100 million (NRS) – No Charges

If Business Visa applicant has made investment of more than 10 million (NRS), ‘Share Details’ is mandatory along with other necessary documents for visa processing.

Business Visa regardless of time period entails multiple Re-entry facility.

Currency

The currency in Nepal has been fixed to the Indian rupee at a rate of 1.6 Nepalese rupees (NPR) to 1 Indian rupee (INR) for over 20 years. The last few years the dollar has been strengthening against the NPR, which shows NPR is depreciating

Telecommunications/Electric

Telecommunications facilities are fairly good in Kathmandu and other major towns, including Pokhara, Biratnagar, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, and Nepalgunj. The quality of telephone service outside major cities can be spotty, although improving. Internet accessibility is largely through broadband connections, which can be slow at times. Cellular telephone services are based on GSM technology. It is easy and affordable to obtain pay-as-you go cellular telephone plans. Telecommunication services in the Kathmandu Valley are generally cheaper than in other countries. However, in more rural areas outside the valley service may be poor.

During heavy rain and high storm, electricity will show some problems, but it is quite good in all cities. The issue will be solved as soon as possible. The issue of high load shed is solved and will have a smooth flow of electricity all day.

Transportation

Transportation – both internal and across borders – is one of the biggest hurdles to doing business in Nepal, because Nepal is a landlocked country.

Many international airlines don’t fly directly to Kathmandu, although few have alliances with foreign airlines operating in Nepal. For visitors coming via the Pacific route, Bangkok is a major transit port. Thai Airways operated daily direct flights to and from Kathmandu. Silk Air operated four days a week to Singapore. Dragon Air operated six flights a week to Hong Kong. For visitors coming via the Atlantic route, connections are usually through Abu Dhabi, Doha, Dubai, or New Delhi. Gulf Air, Air Arabia, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Spice Jet, and Indian Airlines have connecting flights to Kathmandu. Qatar Airways had three flights daily between Doha and Kathmandu, while Gulf Air and Air Arabia each operated one flight daily. New Delhi-Kathmandu is the best-connected route, with at least three airlines operating several flights a day between the two cities. There was also a flight between Istanbul and Kathmandu operated by Turkish Airlines.

Nepal has one international airport in Kathmandu, three regional airports, nine all-weather airports, and twenty-one seasonal domestic airports throughout the country. Domestic air services are available for traveling to major cities and business centers. Nepal has neither a seaport nor a railway system. Road transportation is limited and in poor condition, with frequent landslides often cutting off access. One east-west highway passes through the southern areas of Nepal.

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