Nepal- Customs Formalities


All the baggage is declared and cleared through customs upon arrival at the entry point. If the passengers have arrived at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) without any dutiable goods, they can proceed through the Green Channel for quick clearance without a luggage check. If you are found with dutiable articles, then you have to pass through the red channel for detailed customs clearance.

Personal effects have free entry!


Apart from used personal belongings, visitors are allowed to bring cigarettes (200 sticks) or cigars (50 sticks), distilled liquor (one 1.15 liter bottle), and film (15 rolls) to Nepal free of duty. You can also bring in the following articles free of charge on special condition that you take them out with you when you leave: binoculars, a movie or video camera, a still camera, a laptop computer, and a portable music system.


Special certification from the Department of Archeology, National Archive Building, Ram Shah Path, Kathmandu, is required to export the antiques. Whereas, it is illegal to export objects over 100 years old, such as sacred images, paintings, and manuscripts that are valued for cultural and religious purposes. Visitors are advised not to purchase such items as they are Nepal’s cultural heritage and belong to the nation.

Driving into Nepal:

An international carnet is a must to enter Nepal for overland tourists via their private vehicles.