HOW TO GET A TOURIST VISA EXTENSION IN POKHARA, NEPAL
A step by step guide on extending your tourist visa by 15, 30 or 60 days in Pokhara, Nepal.
Extending a tourist visa in Pokhara, Nepal is fairly straightforward. We are here to give you the step by step process on how to extend your visa by 15, 30 or 60 days at the immigration office in Pokhara.
The Immigration Office in Pokhara is located on Damside Road, just outside of the tourist hot spot Lakeside, Pokhara. Walking from the main centre of Lakeside will take around 20 – 30 minutes, depending on the side of town you are coming from.
It is fairly straight forward to reach the office, however do note that if you’re coming from the direction of Lakeside, your offline maps (we use maps.me) may take you through some dusty little alleyways, and over a small river on a suspension bridge. Don’t worry, this is the right direction, and if it looks like the picture below, you’re on the right track.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
You’ll only need to take two things with you to the Immigration Office: your passport and the fee in Nepalese Rupees (in cash).
Everything else is done online, so if you have filled out the application online before arriving, you’ll need that. If not, you can easily fill it out on the computer provided at the office.
Your visa can be extended by a total of up to 90 days. However, if you do not leave the country up to 150 days after your extension has ended, you will be charged $5 per day overstay. The official extensions range from 15 (the minimum extension) to 90 days.
Arrive at the immigration office during the opening hours (see below). Use the computer on the left side of the entrance (as you walk in) to fill in an application form.
Once this is filled in with your details (passport scan, hotel address, personal details), the camera will take your picture, you will receive a receipt, and then you will need to proceed to the “VISA FEE” counter.
Hand over your receipt with your passport to the person behind the desk. They will then ask how many days you would like to extend your visa by. They will then take your payment and give you a receipt.
Sit down in the ‘waiting area’ and patiently wait 5 – 10 minutes for your passport to be returned. It will have a new ‘visa extension’ sticker in it, near to or next to your original tourist visa.
That’s it! The whole process is very easy and only takes about 20 minutes total.
WHEN CAN I DO IT?
The Immigration Office is open for visa extension applications on:
SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY: 10AM – 3PM
FRIDAY: 10AM – 1PM
The office is closed to applications on Saturdays and public holidays.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
That depends on how long you extend your visa for. The official rates are in USD and range from $45 for a 15-day extension, to $180 for a 60-day extension. You will need to pay in Nepalese Rupees, and the exact amount depends on that days exchange rate.
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