Nepal’s restricted areas Permits fees is considered to reduce by 50 percent

The government of Nepal has started homework to reduce the restricted area trekking permits fees for foreigner’s traveler by up to 50 percent, targeting the visit Nepal 2020. The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation are considering to reduce the Permits Cost on the restricted areas mainly connected […]

The government of Nepal has started homework to reduce the restricted area trekking permits fees for foreigner’s traveler by up to 50 percent, targeting the visit Nepal 2020. The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation are considering to reduce the Permits Cost on the restricted areas mainly connected with Tibet. The government estimates it will increase tourist flow.

The Department of Immigration has informed that there are now one hundred and forty-four (144)   Areas in fifty-three (53) Rural Municipality and in thirteen (13) districts from Taplejung in the east to Darchula in the far west is announced for Restricted area of Nepal. Those who want to travel to these areas must have to pay the required permits fees and obtain Permit from the registered trekking agencies based in Nepal and those travelers should take along with at least a single Nepalese citizen who is trained and have the guide license as a guide or Leaders.

“To make Visit Nepal 2020 successes, we have to adjust the retracted areas Trekking permits fee for its visitors. But the matter is under discussion, ‘Rudrasingh Tamang, spokesperson of the Ministry of Tourism, said, adding that it is ready to take the proposal of reducing the fees to the Council of Ministers in discussion with the Department of Immigration.

He said that further decision on fees will be taken from next year, after reviewing the positive/negative impact of tourism promotion in Nepal. The Department of Immigration is issuing the permits and collecting the fees from tourist. Director-General of the Department of immigration, Ishwar Raj Poudel, said that the issue of adjustment of restricted areas permit fees has reached the Ministry of Home Affairs. “There will be some modifications to the laws that do not interfere with strategic security,” he said.

The government had banned the movement of foreigners in some areas along the northern border with Tibet in 1965 AD. In the 1973 AD, the movement of foreigners into the restricted area was further strengthened after the Dalai Lama’s supporters with free Tibet demanded armed activities against China from Nepali lands. According to the latest data from the department of immigration, the restricted areas Nepal are Upper Mustang, Lower and Upper Dolpo, Manaslu and Tsum Valley Area of Gorkha, Humla, Kanchenjunga area (Taplejung), Sankhuwasabha, Solukhumbu, Rasuwa, Manang, Bazhang, Mugu and Darchula. To Visit these areas Tourist must pay USD 20 per week to USD 500 for 10 days trekking.

Source: eKantipur-Nepali

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