International Tourists Worried Other Service, fee than Visa Fee
Nepal Visa Fee isn’t Expensive than Other Unnecessary fees: International Tourists
Kathmandu – Nepalayatime has published news about Nepal’s Visa fee in the title ‘Nepal Increases Visa Fees, What’s About VNY 2020?’ After published this information various country resident Nepal visitors commented over it and said that Nepal Visa Fee isn’t expensive than other unnecessary fees.
Some of the Comments are presented here.
Andrees de Ruiter
Andrees de Ruiter This little hike of a Visa fee seems to be not so relevant for us repeated tourists because there is no effective remedy against the Nepal virus and we will return anyway.
The situation is different for people who think about it for the first time. There are many alternatives countries. But the visa fee is only one of many fees. TIMS was originally proposed by TAAN, the organization of the Nepalese trekking agencies, to force trekkers to go with a TAAN trekking agency and to have a big pot of money at the same time. It was only introduced when the Nepal Tourist board NTB became involved in the money collecting. The boss was later dismissed for embezzlement of millions of rupees. Since he probably passed on a large part of the money to politicians, he was never called to account. But so every trekker has to pay 20 USD, without TIMS leading to greater security also with fees like for ACAP, etc. The local people complain that only a small part of the money reaches them. This is a general complaint about the restricted area. Mustang doesn’t see much of the high fees and the deep pockets of many politicians a dark and in transparent.
I am particularly annoyed that in many areas permits can only be issued for two tourists. The trekking agencies are happy because they can issue permits for a second fictitious person. This leads to the following fees for a combined Tsum & Manaslutour. 2x MCAP at 3000 NPR each approx. 50 USD, twice TIMS at 1000 NRP each =15 USD, 2 x two weeks Manaslu at 280 USD, twice one-week Tsum Valley at 35 USD each = 70 USD, Visa 30 days = 30 USD. In total, 480 USD are still collected for one month and one individual traveler. That is already a deterrent amount.
So I am not the only one, who has already renounced once the Manaslu round because of this part not understandably double fee regulation. With Naar Phu, I am not only had to leaf through all the fees for two people, but I also had to submit a list of the food we “both” took with us. As one gets enough food in the lodges which they gladly sell of course we didn’t have to carry anything with us, but nevertheless, we had to pay VAT on the fictitious food which the agency then added on top its service charge. For me, these are examples of how the tourists are regarded as great milking cows. But then one should set oneself not illusory goals like to increase the number of tourists within 2 years by 66%. Maybe it works with Chinese tourists who have just been issued free visas to promote tourism.
Those, who are complaining about visa fees, Actually Nepal Visa fees are considered cheaper. You will understand when you travel often. That quality tourism they don’t centralize mind on visa fees rather natural, historical and place to visit.
Andrees de Ruiter
Andrees de Ruiter I don’t think that a higher visa fee will lead to more quality tourist- but it will result from some people deciding not to come. And often the former low budget travelers will return later as ” quality” tourists.
Galtsen Lama Andrees de Ruiter neither higher visa fees will bring quality tourist nor reduce if those who wish to visit Nepal they will do. Just because of a few dollars I don’t believe changes in numbers or percentages.
Andrees de Ruiter
Andrees de Ruiter The problem is not only the single visa fee. Bu tif you want to do a trek you have to pay 20 USD TIMS fee and an additional fee like ACAP, MCAP or local Everest fee. Not to mention the fees for Mustang or Dolpa. Trekking in Tsum, Kanchenjunga, Manaslu.
Andrees de Ruiter, Oh Yes that’s right. There are some other fees to enter conservative area beside VISA Fees. However still it worth paying to go such a wonderful place in Nepal. I am from Tsum as u mentioned above actually even tourist pay conservative area fees but we Tsumba’s don’t get any benefits from it. My comments are more on balance point not taking a side.
Plus 1000 each for Patan, Basantapur (even on a day) when the museum is closed without mentioning it, Pashupatinath, 1500 for Bakthapur, 400 for Boudha, 200 for Swayambunath, 800 for Royal Museum. No all-in culture pass, no shuttle. But I think, most frustrating is that you never see that the money helps improvements.
Corinna Voss that’s a very interesting and important question I am very curious about the usage of the money. Does anybody know where it goes to?
Corinna Voss Truly no idea what happens with the fees… especially not with visa. At the heritage sites, you see some progress but there are always many involvements and interests if it is UNESCO. And many other services are getting worse and worse not to speak of the Situation of many people (Boudha roads, school, and expensive medical care.
Peter Fiegs Fiegehen
Still so cheap for the privilege to see such a beautiful country, culture and people.
Yana Wengel Cielo
100$ for 90 days is not quite cheap and it will be 125
Nepal is a poor country and your contribution in such circumstances real mean for them may be little increase does not bother you but possess a really big worth for them. So climbing season starts now and a good contribution to they need your help.
Yana Wengel Cielo
Faisal Malik this is a valid point but I guess this contribution won’t improve ppl’s life but be rather stuck somewhere in the government
That is the point. You help the people if you travel locally by carefully selecting the operator, by not bargaining an 80 Rupees tea At 3.500, by acting sustainably, etc. Briefly: if we make sure that our money really stays where we pay it, it is a real contribution.
I do so hope some of the money goes into the local people and it’s not a great amount
Faisal Malik May you people have no idea how a single penny really meaning for them they only have mountain Everest for the whole country economy please do something like a charity so.
If the visa fee is high, do not go to Nepal so they will reduce it but I will pay how much they need.