Travel Visa Information
Currently, citizens of the U.S and Canada do not require a visa for stays of up to 30 days. Nationalities of other countries including European countries should check their visa requirements. Please visit the following websites for the most current information regarding visas:
If you have any questions, please call us immediately so we can determine your specific visa needs.
Govt. of India now has a TVA (Tourist Visa on Arrival) for several Nationalities, including Americans and Canadians. However, the “Visa on Arrival” is only valid if you obtain an ETA – Electronic Travel Authorization – prior to your departure from the USA.
Obtaining an India Visa ETA in the USA.
Please go to the weblink below and fill out the online application form:
You will need the following items as electronic files to be uploaded with your application.
- Scan of the first (the picture) page of your passport – pdf file no larger than 300 kb
- Portrait Photograph of yourself – jpeg no larger than 1 meg
– The photograph must be square, showing the front view of your full face (from top of hairline to below the chin) with eyes open and no glasses or hat
– Photo must have a light color background
- Visa fee to be paid by Credit Card – VISA or MasterCard only
Between 24 and 72 hours later, the ETA will be emailed to the email address that you provided on your online application. You MUST print this email and bring it with you in order to get the actual Visa on Arrival stamped on your passport at port of entry.
All visitors to Bhutan require a visa except for citizens of India, Bangladesh and Maldives. We will obtain your Bhutan Visa approval prior to your departure from your home country. We will require a scanned copy of your passport and an electronic version of a passport-style photo to obtain your visa approval. The actual visa will be stamped into your passport on arrival in Paro.
All travelers flying to and from Bhutan via India, may require an Indian visa if transit includes an overnight stay. Please check with your local Indian Consulate for rules that may apply to your particular case.
Nepal issues Visa on Arrival for USA citizens. Please have two passport-sized photos and the visa-processing fee of U.S. $25 (cash) per person ready. If time allows, it is worth getting your Nepal Visa (through the Embassy in Washington, D.C.) prior to your departure from the USA, as it will speed up the immigration formalities on arrival in Kathmandu.
All travelers flying to and from Nepal via India, may require an Indian visa if they stay overnight. Please check with your local Indian Consulate for rules that may apply to your particular case.
For more details about applying for a visa in the United States, please visit:
China / Tibet
Nearly all foreign visitors to China will need a tourist “L” visa. Please get your visa at least 2 months before trip departure to avoid logistical problems. Though Nomadic Expeditions paperwork is not required to obtain your visa, we are happy to provide an itinerary of your trip ahead of time if necessary.
Travelers must apply for a tourist visa in person at the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in their jurisdiction. If the traveler cannot go in person, someone else must visit the embassy on behalf of the traveler to submit the application; in some countries, this can include representatives from third party visa service companies, such as Passport Visa Express, our partner that will assist you in your visa petition. It has a clear step-by-step instruction on the website, please make sure to choose Chinese tourist visa. http://www.passportvisasexpress.com/partner/nomadic/. Please note that mailed applications are no longer accepted.
If you’re not a U.S. citizen, please check the Chinese Embassy or Consulate online at www.china- embassy.org for further information.
No visa is required for ordinary passport holders from Singapore, Brunei and Japan to visit China for up to 15 days for business, sightseeing, visiting relatives and friends or transit. If you have more questions, please visit the Chinese Embassy website
Most Visas take between 4 working days to process at the Chinese Consulate. Express and same day rush services for emergency cases only is also available. If you have any questions, please call us immediately so we can determine your specific visa needs.