My stay in Kathmandu for Visa 25.12.06 - 3.12.06

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My stay in Kathmandu now

Hi, first of all there was a typo since my first trip was from 25.11.06 -3.12.06... sorry...

now about the Indian Rupees, i hope i was making it clear:

Do not bring 500 and 1000 rs notes with u when u come to Nepal, 100 rs notes or anything else is ok.

Surely u have to bring money inside to live on, but the notice i read when leaving last time, i. e. when entering the Kathmandu airport was saying it is forbidden to bring INR into Nepal.

I think they wanted to say, one should change the entire cash in the airport...

The people in my guest house were so kind to change my even 1000 rs notes slowly for the right rate, but outside our Guest house just I could not get more than 1,55 or even only 1,5 for one INR, although the rate is 1,6.
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My stay in Kathamandu from 6.5.07 - 13.5.07

hi, today again i went to the Indian Embassy at 6.30 am, this time i was only Nr. 10 in the waiting list.

At 10.30 am my papers and money had been collected and the officer told me very politely
"Next time u can take ur indian visa from any other country nearby."
With other words, they don't want to see u more than once or twice is even already too much.

It had been my intention to get my 5-year-tourist-visa but this was
cancalled [sorry for my poor spelling dont know how to write it]
and reduced into a 6-month-tourist-visa.

The procedure is that after paying all, u are leaving, so i left, but i was called back... o ... o... the officer told me since u are disabled [i have a walking problem] we will give u ur visa now, please take ur seat... wow... after 15 min my visa was ready, so at least i was saved to show up there again, like all the others had to, they had to come back at 4.30 pm to pick up their passports with visa inside.

Caution:Remember one thing: If u go by plane u have to pay also a tourist fee when u are leaving, i was told the amount
would be 1300 Nepali Rupees, so be prepared.
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Thanks for info. re money - it is a bit complicated isn't it? Just to clarify - if I have 500 or 1000 rupee notes (Indian) those can be changed at the airport? At that point I don't need a lot of 100 rupee notes to change?? It is not quite clear to me in your post. I am sorry you have been having such a difficult time to get an Indian visa - and reading this you have ended up with 6 months or 5 yrs and you now have it at long last? It seems to be a terrible procedure and maybe for 5 yrs you might find it easier back in your own country next time? The tip about leaving with the tourist fee is very useful. Thank you.

I have just done a thorough re-read of the whole post - it looks like not even 500 or 1000 rupee notes can be changed at the airport, am I correct? I asked re ATM's before - Kishore do you notice any in Kathmandu which will take Visa?
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Let me clarify - bring anything except for 500 and 1000 rupee notes with u to nepal

Dear friend, if u don't want to have a loss, do not bring 500 and 1000 rs notes with u, u will not get even full amount which is
1 INR= 1,6 Nepali Rupee
but u will get only 1,5, or if u are lucky 1,55.

I don't know the rates of other money in the airport, so please do not blame me, the rate differ from every money changer, that's the problem.

A friend even told me today that she got mere 1,5 Nepali rs for normal 100 rs notes... but it was outside Kathmandu.

May be more wise, to change part of the money there and then look out to find a good deal inside town.

I cannot tell u any address sorry.

Strictly speaking it is forbidden to take Indian notes inside Nepal, but most of the tourist here didn't know it, since the took the route via bus not via plane...
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The conclusion for a long India visa - shall i better go to USA

No, i cannot go to Germany for such things. It is not that easy. I don't want to go there, don't know where to stay, it's not India, where u book into a Guest house for 250 rs....


I thinking about going to US, California next time, since i heard of long visas from there. The question is only if such long visa are really available for me as a German. Could anyone make a suggestion?

If i see no other way i will go to Sri Lanka next time, and will try there to get 5 years tourist.

I saw the announcement on this in December 2006 on the net, but now i was searching the whole net but couldn't find it anywhere, could anyone give me that link again?
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Kishori Ray - I appreciate your help. Thank you for all advice, will not bring 500 or 1000 rupee notes, will change in Delhi! You have been a big help to me.

good luck with sorting out your long term visa - it is an anxiety for you, hope Sri Lanka offers a better solution.
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Indian Rupees in Nepal

Hey everyone, just back from Nepal renewing my Indian visa (I'll post on that adventure just after this), and I wanted to reply to the Indian Rupee issue.

I'm actually surprised a little there is so much confusion. Here is the skinny though from my experience:

1) You CAN take and use Indian Rupee (IRs) 100 notes into Nepal and use them. Yes you can. So don't worry.

IRs can be used as cash just about everywhere - shops, vendors on the street, restaurants, even getting my hair cut. I probably went through a couple thousand IRs here and there paying for stuff. No one gave the slightest issue or complaint. I even paid in mixed currency a couple times, just doing the math for the total equivalent Nepali Rupee (NRs). They'll just make change for the balance in NRs.

2) IRs convert at exactly 1.6 NRs.
Remember this. The rate does not fluctuate; it is a set pegged rate. So stick to using the shop or restaurant owner's calculator to do the math. Being enterprising as shopowners are, they may well try a lower rate if you don't show you're aware of the 1.6 rate (but being you all are Indian experts by now, you should be used to such practices ).

3) You CANNOT take IRs 500 or 1000 into Nepal due to conterfeit issues. If they've got enough change, the money exchange counters in the Delhi airport can change IRs 1000 each into 100s. I changed about 2500 into hundreds there without too much hassle.

I would not count on being able to change IRs 500 at the Kathmandu airport. I admittedly did not try, but since it is technically illegal to convert them in Nepal, I would not risk counting on that for your only source of cash.

4) The Indian Embassy, as has been noted before, only accepts Nepali Rupees (go figure) so don't try. They don't care, won't help or stay open for you. I saw a few frantic people while in line there as it approached 12. Just thought I'd include the reminder once more!

5) For any other currencies and traveller's cheques, there are about a thousand money exchange places in Thamel and of course many ATMs. There is also a few Indian Banks in the city where you can probably access your Indian bank account if you've got one.

So the simple solution: just go to the bank before you go and get a bunch of IRs 100s and remember that each one is worth 160 NRs when you're buying stuff. And from there, pull money out of the bank machine or however else you are financing yourself.

Cheers!
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Is Nepal exempt from the prohibition on taking rupees out of India?
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One more thing on the IRs-NRs exchange rate...

I missed reading a couple of the last posts so wanted to comment a little more on the 1.6 conversion rate vs 1.55 etc...

Kishori, are you exchanging your IRs 100s at money changers? If you are don't. Just use them as cash at shops and restaurants. You should get exactly 1.6 every time. I always did and I did the transaction dozens of times. It is an accepted cash. No one batted an eye. It is like it is another bill demonination for them. They've got their NRs 5,10,20,25 (why so many!),50,100 and "160" bill plus their NRs 500 and 1000.

The money changers are just making money off you. Even the poor street hawkers (you know, those women selling the little purses and the men selling Tiger Balm) will take and give change (with prompting, of course ) for IRs 100s (you're correct about no 500s or 1000s being accepted and lucky your guesthouse will take them).

I should say I mostly stayed in the touristy Thamel district, but did use some IRs 100s at a guesthouse on the EBC Trek without problem. I cannot report on less touristy parts of KTM or the wider country as I had a set of NRs by that point.

Hope that helps everyone avoid getting poor rates.

P.S. I particularly loved the money changers signs of "no commission" but their rates were terrible. Poor rate=commission no matter how you spin it, you're still getting %'s off me!

McKay
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Leaving India with Indian rupees

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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Is Nepal exempt from the prohibition on taking rupees out of India?
Probably not, but I've never really thought to pay attention to that ban to be perfectly honest. I know I can exchange any rupees I've got back in Canada at the private exchange places at a good rate (serving the large immigrant and expat populations), so it didn't seem relevant.

For my trip to Nepal, I was coming back anyway, so there was no way I was going to pay rates to change my money twice...

But good question. I've never understood that prohibition and I don't recall seeing any signs in the Delhi International reminding travellers of that fact.
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Stories of Indian visa Renewal

OK, sorry for all the posts, but I promised Kishori I would post on my own recent visa renewal process in Kathmandu. This is my last today! Promise!

(partially cross-posted from a similar thread...)

I've posted a long story of it on my blog, so I'll direct you there:
http://thewindonmyface.blogspot.com/...dian-visa.html

But a short summary and a few points not made there:
For me the process of renewing my visa was easy and they didn't give me any hassle for renewing. Maybe because I'm a first time renewer and hadn't been to Kathmandu before for it. Maybe it was just that week they were trying to get everyone through the line. They even stayed open past 12 on the Friday to clear the line (but don't count on them doing this!). It certainly seemed that anyone with a standard request was being processed without any fuss - you handed you form and money ready. They took it. They gave you a slip and told you to come back later.

There was lots and lots of waiting mind you, but no fuss. Huge number of people applying. Popular country we're in!

I think the lesson is that, as is nearly everything when dealing with Indian bureaucracy, the agents are very capricious and there is no consistent service. The hassle or lack of you get is very subject to change from one day to the next. Who knows why. Just the way it is. So they may have been in a helpful mood last week and a hard-ass one this week. This week they may be handing out 3-day telex waits, next is might be 5 again. Can't say.

Cheers & good luck with your experiences!
McKay
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McKay 25 many thanks for such a clear, unambiguous post - i now have absolutely no confusion about what to do. You have covered all possibilities to my question. Thank you again.
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Mckay... yes, you are not the only one . I suspect that, so far as small amounts of currency is concerned, this ban is utterly disregarded!

They can, and do, act against people carrying large amounts of currency (Indian or foreign) but no one gets searched for a few rupees.
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Back to the India Visa - Updates fees 10.5.07


Last time there was no fee for Polish Nationals, this time it seemed to have changed, since nothing was anymore mentioned.

Transit Visa - upto 15 days - 800,-- Nepali Rupees
Tourist Visa* - upto 6 month - 3.050,-- NR
* means is varies according Nationality, will explain more below.

Student Visa [5 Year Course Duration] - 5.650,-- NR

All Visa except Student visa [more than one year up to 5 years]
- 9.750.-- NR
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Russian Transit Visa: 3050,-- NR

US-Nationals have to pay an additional amount of NR 1550,-- to whatever Visa type they apply for.

Down the list were some countries mentioned, who again had other fees [less]. Sorry, i cannot recall of them, but i saw that a Japanese National had to pay for a 6-month-tourist-visa mere NR 650,--.
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Transferring of the Visa from old to new passport: NR 450,--

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Whatever is ur fee, u need to have the exact amount in ur hand, mostly they won't give u change, means u have to get the exact amount to hand it, safes u time and trouble.
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i am in kath now, someone here told me that each calandar year starting January 1 you can stay in nepal for 5 months, if you are in nepal for the last 5 months of the year you can continue without leaving for the first 5 months of the new year. is that correct?
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