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Visa-free Destinations for Nepali Passport Holders

Nepali people do not need require a visa for traveling through most of the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries except Bhutan and Afghanistan. Nepali passport ranks 90 in the global passport power rank as of 2018, which although not highly impressive means that some of the beautiful countries of the world, with the exception of SAARC countries, are accessible to Nepali passport holders without obtaining a visa beforehand. Here is a list of 10 destinations Nepali passport holders can visit without a visa, or in some cases, where there is provision of on-arrival visa.

Tanzania

East Africa

3 months visa on arrival

With more than 35% of its area declared protected, Tanzania is famous for its national parks and conservation areas. Another equally distinctive geographical feature of Tanzania is Mount Kilimanjaro – the highest peak in Africa and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The sandy beaches of Zanzibar, the island of spices away from the mainland of Tanzania provide perfect opportunity for someone looking to relax or to go diving and snorkeling along the coast.

Attractions: Mount Kilimanjaro, Serengeti National Park, Zanzibar Beaches

 

Bolivia

South America

90 days visa on arrival

A landlocked country located in western-central South America, Boliva is rich in biodiversity and its varied geography ranges from the mighty peaks of the Andes to the lowlands of Amazon basin. Lying in the Andes, between the borders of Bolivia and Peru, is Lake Titicaca, that highest navigable lake on the planet. The floating islands of Lake Titicaca, the museums of La Paz and the vibrant town of Copacabana with its famous ‘Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana’ make Bolivia an attractive travel destination.

Attractions: Lake Titicaca, La Paz: the capital of Bolivia, The town of Copacabana

 

Laos

Southeast Asia

30 days Visa on arrival

Surrounded by countries like Myanmar (Burma), China, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand, the landlocked country of Laos has a unique culture that is a blend of the native Lao traditions with borrowed elements of French culture from when Laos was a French colonial. This hybrid culture is especially evident in the architectural structures and the cuisine of the city of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Vientiane, the capital city of Laos. Apart from that, Laos is also endowed with beautiful landscapes, rivers, limestone mountains, and unexplored forests home to many birds, animals and other wildlife.

Attractions: Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Bokeo Nature Reserve

 

Kenya

East Africa

90 days Visa on arrival

Bordering Tanzania, Kenya is also famous for its Savannah grasslands and the ecosystem it sustains. Maasai Mara National Reserve, which continues from Serengeti National Park of Tanzania into Kenya, is particularly famous as the habitat of large populations of lions, cheetah, zebra, etc. Another distinctive feature of Maasai Mara National Reserve has to be the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra from Serengeti National Park to Maasai Mara and back, one of the seven natural wonders of Africa in which some 2 million animals take part. The coastal cities of Mombasa and Lamu are famous as the religious and cultural hubs of the country with their unique arts and crafts, architecture and festivals.

Attractions: Maasai Mara National Reserve, Lamu Island, Nairobi:the capital of Kenya

 

Seychelles

East Africa

1 month visitor’s permit on arrival

Surround by crystal blue sea and home to ‘coco de mer’, the plant with largest and heaviest seed in the word, Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands on the Indian Ocean. Apart from its picturesque white sandy beaches and beautiful palm trees, Seychelles is also renowned for its lush green landscapes, vibrant markets, rare wildlife, coral reefs, turtles and water sports like diving and snorkeling.

Attractions: Curieuse Island, Victoria: the capital of Seychelles, Sainte Anne Marine National Park

 

Cambodia

Southeast Asia

30 days visa on arrival

Cambodia is the home to the largest temple complex in the world, Angkor Wat built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II of the Khmer Empire. Although incomparable in size to Angkor Wat, in the heart of Angkor Thom, the last capital city of Khmer Empire lies the impressive Bayon, the temple with hundreds of faces carved into it. Throw in the mesmerizing architecture of the capital city, Phnom Penh and the rustic beauty of the southern islands, Cambodia becomes a must visit place for all.

Attractions: Angkor Wat, The Bayon, Phnom Penh

 

Palau

Oceania

30 days visa on arrival

Palau, located in the western Pacific Ocean, relies heavily on tourism as its economic source. With its well-preserved natural environment and rich marine diversity, it is an ideal destination to go diving and snorkeling. One example of Palau’s amazing marine environment is the Jellyfish Lake of Eil Malk island, which is one of the two such lakes in the world and home to millions of golden Jellyfish that spend their day migrating from one side of the lake to another.

Attractions: Jellyfish Lake, Belau National Museum, Rock Islands

 

Philippines

Southeast Asia

Visa not required for 30 days

Swimming in the blue sea with the turtles and relaxing on the white sandy beaches are the major attractions of the Philippines. But for those interested, the landscape of Philippines is equally enchanting like the Banaue Rice Terraces on the mountains of Ifugao, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other historical sites like the Town of Vigan and numerous museums and churches scattered throughout the country reflect on the rich cultural history and diversity of the country.

Attractions: Palawan, Banaue Rice Terraces, The historic Town of Vigan

 

Singapore

Asia

30 days visa on arrival

Many of us have heard about the beautiful country of Singapore, as it is an especially popular travel destination among Nepali people. Luxury shopping, high-end hotels and amazing food is what attracts many to this island state. What is even more impressive than the multicultural population of Singapore is its parks, botanical gardens, zoos, well preserved cultural heritages like the Masjid Sultan, Thian Hock Keng, and numerous other war memorials and museums. Singapore is often featured in the list of best travel destinations across Asia and the world.

Attractions: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Marina Bay, Merlion Park

 

Indonesia

Southeast Asia

visa not required for 30 days

The land of diverse and colorful culture, komodo dragons, volcanoes, and orangutans, Indonesia is the largest island country in the world. Although Indonesia has predominantly Muslim population concentrated in the islands of Java and Sumatra, Protestantism is practiced in Papua and North Sulawesi whereas Buddhism is concentrated around Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. The popular island of Bali however has majority of Hindu population in Indonesia. This diversity in religion and culture is also the reason that Indonesia has numerous temples, mosques, churches, and other religious monuments. Some of the most notable among them being Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in the world, Tanah Lot Temple, Prambanan Temple and the Great Mosque of Demak.

Attractions: Borobudur, Komodo National Park, Krakatau Island

-Subarna Adhikari