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 Nepal News: 12/31/01

Nepal Government announces simplification on visa fees.

Government of Nepal has announced that it has opened up restricted areas in at least six districts for group tourists. As part of Government's initiatives to attract tourists to the country, places in Taplejung and Manang districts, Limi in Humla, Vyas in Darchula, Olangchukgola in Taplejung, and Nangpala in Solukhumbu, Kimathangka in Arun-Barun Basin, Kada Dhuli in Bhajang, that have long been off-limits for tourists will be opened up for groups.  

The government has also revised Visa System into only two types from now on - single entry and multiple entry - to replace the three types currently on. Single entry visas will cost US$ 30 while multiple entry visa would costs US$ 50. "Between January 1 and July 15, 2002, the government has waived fees charged for one-day visas".

Filming Fee Revised 

Also the government will stop charging the huge fees for filming documents in the country and a one-window policy will be imposed where only the Ministry of Information and Communications will have the sole authority to issue permits for such projects. 

The filming fees on Upper Dolpo and Upper Mustang has also been slashed from a whopping US$ 40,000 to US$ 5,000. “Caravan” an Oscar Nominee documentary was filmed in Upper Dolpo while “The Honey Hunter” was filmed in Lamjung villages, on the southern flank of Lamjung Himal, the north east extension ridge of Annapurna massif. These two documentaries have popularized Nepal all over the world.

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