The Government of Nepal has announced that visa fees will be waived for Chinese tourists in reciprocation to the Chinese government lifting its travel advisories issued to its citizens travelling to Nepal with immediate effect. The advisory had been put forth since the quake in April.

This development occurred on Friday, during a bilateral meeting in Beijing between the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hon. Kamal Thapa and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. It is hoped that this new visa policy will boost tourist numbers from China significantly.

Chinese tourists have grown remarkably in numbers over the past decade making them the second largest source market. Ministry figures show that in 2014 alone, Nepal received 123,805 Chinese visitors. This upward trend in visitor numbers has been attributed to the increased air connectivity between Nepal and China. Currently four Chinese carriers including Air China, China Southern, China Eastern and Sichuan Airlines operate flights to Nepal.

Previously, visa-fee free entry in Nepal was exclusive to visitors from SAARC countries. Foreign visitors have to pay $25, $40 and $100 for a 15-day, 30-day and 90-day visa respectively.

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