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How to get your Indian Visa in Katmandu Nepal….2013…

How to get an Indian visa in Kathmandu, Nepal… April 2013

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The Indian Visa Service Centre is located at House No.296, Kapurdhara Marg, Kathmandu
just a few meters from the Indian Embassy…about a 15 minute walk from Thamel…

You can only apply for visas from 9.30-12pm, Monday–Friday…

Not open public holidays, it’s also a good idea to check the website for Indian Holidays…

Don’t rock up and expect to apply for a visa at 11.30am as they close the gates at about that time!

1-The gates open at about 9.30am, so arrive early to be first on the queue…

2- Once the gates are opened and you already have your Visa forms filled out then head towards the seating area…
But don’t sit down as you need to take get a ‘token ticket’ from the ticket machine and wait for your number to come up…
Go to number 4 of this page if you ALREADY have forms filled out…

3- If you haven’t done the telex (online form) then go to the small office located next to the Indian visa office and for a fee of 300 NRP, they will fill out your forms for you while you wait…

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Visa Service Office…

Take another ’token ticket’ as your number maybe called out while you are sorting out your visa form!

Once your form has been filled out the guy will then go through the form with you to make sure all details are correct.
The form will then be printed, you will to sign it and a *passport photo attached.
*Note the passport photo has to be 2×2

If you haven’t got a 2×2 passport photo, don’t worry you can also get them done at the same office for 200 NPR, you will be given 2 photos but only need one.

4- Go back to the waiting area and wait for your ‘token ticket’ number to be called out…

Be AWARE if you number is called out and you don’t hear it you may need to get another ticket! They call the numbers very fast so be alert a few numbers before yours is called.

5-Once your number has been called proceed to the ‘visa’ counter, the guy will go through your forms, note he will not take your visa form.

6- Go to the ‘Cash Payment’ counter…
Its located next to the ‘Visa’ counter, hand over your forms and 4000 NPR (cash only) and you will be given a receipt, with a date when to come back to hand in your passport.

You DO NOT hand in your passport yet…

You will be told when to come back…

(We went on a Monday and were told to come back the following Monday to hand in our passports) its usually between 5-7 working days…

So don’t books flights etc until you know when you will get your Visa back!
THEY DON’T DO AN EXPRESS VISA SERVICE…

7- On the day that you need to return with your passports…
Repeat steps 1 and 2…
You will be then told to return the next day.

We were told 5pm although their website says between 3-5pm- we got to the Visa Centre at about 3.30pm there were a couple of other people waiting to also collect their passports and were told 3pm!

An hour later an official looking Indian man drove in to the Visa Centre and then came out and asked us if we were waiting to collect passports…
He then told us we could go in now and collect them…
When we handed in our receipt to the guy at the ‘Payment’ counter he gave us our passports and told us to check them to make sure all the details were correct…

8- Enjoy India……

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3 thoughts on “How to get your Indian Visa in Katmandu Nepal….2013…

  1. Do you have their website or office number? I want to apply then go hiking for 10 days to come back to give my passport. Can this be done?

    • Hi,
      As far as i’m aware, there is no website to contact the Visa office or phone number, the address is Indian Visa Service Centre (IVSC)
      House No.296, Kapurdhara Marg, Kathmandu (Adjacent to Indian Embassy, Kathmandu, we collected our passport after a week, you do not leave your passport with the IVSC when you hand in your papers, you will be asked to come back at a later date sometimes 5 days it depends on whether its a weekend, public holiday etc its a very complicated system, and patience is needed… you could always ask the IVSC when you hand in your forms if you could come back after 10 days to give them your passport, i cannot give you a definate answer on that sorry…next door to the IVSC is a little visa office that help you with your forms (its in the blog) they may know if its possible, having said that they aren’t part of the Indian Embassy, but may have some idea…I hope this helps you somewhat…Good luck Nepal & India are amazing countries

  2. Possibly the most useful blog I have ever read! 🙂 I’m now in Nepal getting my visa for India! Follow me at http://www.giveforgranted.com! Thank you so much for this blog post!

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