How To Get an Indian Visa in Kathmandu
Getting a visa for India in Kathmandu takes a fair bit of time (almost a week), and you must complete part of the process online beforehand. But the good news is the process is relatively streamlined and you won’t be waiting long at the visa service centre. Here’s what you need to know:
What you’ll need:
Photocopy of passport
Photocopy of your Nepalese visa.
Size 2″x 2″ photo
Fee in Nepalese rupees
Completed and printed e-visa form (available here)
Where to go:
The Indian Visa Service Centre, House No.296, Kapurdhara Marg, Kathmandu.
This is a separate building to the Indian Embassy (though they are near each other).
What to do:
Before going to the embassy, you must complete the online visa application, at
Once you have completed the form, print it and bring it to the Indian visa service. Enter through the yellow gate, and a security guard will open it and search your bag. Take a number and wait to be called (we only waited two minutes, though this was off-season).
Once your number is called, go to the desk and give your printed application, passport, passport photocopy, Nepalese visa photocopy, and photo. The photo must be sized 2″ x 2″, and these are available at one of two shops next to the visa service.
Once your application has been received, go to the next counter and pay the fee. This is paid in Nepalese rupees, and the amount varies by country. As an Irish citizen, I was charged NPR 4,900, and, as a UK citizen, my partner, Adam, was charged NPR 14,450 (I tried to keep the gloating to a minimum).
You will be given a receipt and told when to come back. Your visa will take five working days to process (there is no express service), during which time you keep your passport. After your visa has been processed, you must return and hand in your passport. You will be given back your receipt, with a time to collect your passport, complete with visa, the following afternoon.
Things to note:
You can apply for a one-month, three-month, or six-month visa, with single, double, or multiple entries. If you select one month, the visa will start from the date of application, NOT the date of entry into India.
Hopefully this post has covered everything you need to know about applying for an Indian visa in Kathmandu. If you’ve any questions, feel free to ask via the comments!