Nepal has very liberal visa policy. All most citizens of all the countries are allowed to get a tourist visa on arrival and they can stay for a maximum of 150 days in one calendar year. However, people of India do not need a visa to travel to Nepal. Since Nepal and India have a very close relationship from decades, people of both countries can move freely across the borders without passport or visa. They can even live, work and do business without any hustle.
Why do Indians don’t need Visa for Nepal?
Nepal and India had a bilateral treaty in 1950 to establish a close relationship between two nations. It was named as Indo-Nepal Treaty of peace and friendship. This treaty was signed by the last Rana Prime Minister of Nepal Mohan Shumsher Junga Bahadur Rana and Indian Ambassador to Nepal Chadreshwar Narayan Singh at Kathmandu dated on 31 July 1950. The same day, the treaty came into force as per article 9 of the treaty. As per the article 6 and 7 of the treaty, it is clearly written that people of both countries can freely move across the borders, live in, own property and participate in the trade and commerce activities. There will be no any objections to the nationality of both countries. This treaty has allowed free movement of people and goods between the two nations. Due to this bilateral treaty, Indian Citizens can freely travel in Nepal and so do the Nepali citizen in India.
Is visa required for Nepal for Indian citizen?
Please read the article 6 and 7 of the 1950 Bilateral Treaty between Nepal and India:
Each Government undertakes, in token of the neighborly friendship between India and Nepal, to give to the nationals of the other, in its territory, national treatment with regard to participation in the industrial and economic development of such territory and to the grant of concessions and contracts, relating to such development.
The Governments of India and Nepal agree to grant, on a reciprocal basis, to the nationals of one country in the territories of the other the same privileges in the matter of residence, ownership of property, participation in trade and commerce, movement and other privileges of a similar nature.
Things to carry while travelling in Nepal
Though Indian do not need a visa while traveling in Nepal but they do need to carry their identification documents acceptable while living in Nepal. These documents may be any of the following:
- Indian passport
- Indian driving license with photo
- Any identity card with photo issued by the government of India
- Ration card (Photo to be included)
- Voter ID (Photo to be included)
- Any registration certificate issued by Indian embassy to Indian citizen living in Nepal.
- Any temporary card issued by Indian embassy at emergency situation
- Any valid card with photograph issued by Indian government
Why does Indian come to Nepal?
There are so many reasons that people from India come to Nepal. If we have to categorize them, the reasons are like these:
- Religious and Cultural activities
- As tourists
- Business purpose
- Educational purpose