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Nepali gov't to introduce free-visa regime in 2011 to attract more tourists

07-27-2010 08:14 BJT

KATHMANDU, July 26 (Xinhua) -- If a proposal forwarded by the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) is endorsed by Nepali government, foreigners coming to the country will not need to pay visa fee.

In a bid to attract more foreign tourists to the country and make Nepal Tourism Year 2011 campaign a grand success
In a bid to attract more foreign tourists to the country
and make Nepal Tourism Year 2011 campaign a grand success.
(File photo)

According to Monday's Republica report, in a bid to attract more foreign tourists to the country and make Nepal Tourism Year 2011 campaign a grand success, MoTCA has proposed the government to waive visa fee at least for the campaign period.

Nepal has set a target to welcoming more than one million foreign tourists in 2011. More than half a million foreign visitors had visited the country in 2009.

Laxman Bhattarai, spokesperson and joint secretary at MoTCA, said the proposal have been forwarded to Ministry of Finance to incorporate it in the budget for fiscal year 2010/11.

He informed the daily that the proposal to introduce free-visa regime was worked out by the Nepal Tourism Year 2011 National Coordination Committee.

At present, foreign visitors need to pay 25 U.S. dollars for visa for 15 days and 40 dollars for a month. But visitors from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation countries get visa free of cost.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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