Custom and Airport Tax:

Custom and airport tax are fees levied on goods and passengers crossing international borders. Customs duties are imposed on imported goods by a country’s government, typically based on the value or quantity of the items being brought in. These duties serve various purposes, including protecting domestic industries, generating revenue, and regulating trade. Airport taxes, also known as departure taxes or passenger service charges, are fees imposed on travelers departing from an airport. These charges contribute to airport maintenance, infrastructure development, and operational costs. Both customs and airport taxes play crucial roles in regulating international trade and air travel while generating revenue for governments and airport authorities.


All baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs on arrival at the port of entry. Passengers arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) without any dutiable goods can also proceed through the Green Channel for quick clearance without a baggage check. If you are carrying dutiable articles, you also have to pass through the Red Channel for detailed customs clearance.


Apart from used personal belongings, visitors are also allowed to bring to Nepal free of duty cigarette (200) or cigars (50), distilled liquor (one 1.15 liter bottle), and film (15 rolls). You can also bring in the following articles free of duty on condition that you take them out with you when you leave: binoculars, movie or video camera, still camera, laptop computer, and portable music system.


It is also illegal to export objects over 100 years old (sacred images, paintings, manuscripts) that are valued for culture and religious reasons. Visitors are also advised not to purchase such items as they are Nepal’s cultural heritage and belong here. The Department of Archaeology (tel: 4213701, 4213702) at Ramshah Path near Singha Durbar has to certify all metal statues, sacred paintings and similar objects before they are allowed to be sent or carried out of the country. Handicraft dealers and travel agents are able to assist you in this process. For more information on customs matters, contact the Chief Customs Administrator, TIA Customs Office; tel: 4470110, 4472266.

Airport Tax:

As per the decision of His Majesty’s Government of Nepal dated 2001/02/19, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has also announced a hike in the airport taxes at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) and other domestic airports, with immediate effect. The revised airport taxes are as follows:
1.International Sector TIA:
a.Departing for SAARC Countries

Passenger Service Charge + VAT NRs. 791/- and Tourism Service Fee + VAT NRs. 565/- = NRs. 1356

b.Departing for Other Countries

Passenger Service Charge + VAT NRs. 1130/- and Tourism Service Fee + VAT NRs. 565/- = NRs.1695.

2.Internal (Domestic) Sector:
a.Rs 169.50/ (including VAT) for all sectors
b.The new Airport Tax is equally applicable to

Nepalese as well as non-Nepalese citizens flying from Nepal.

Note: In addition, VAT will be imposed on above-mentioned Airport Taxes.The new Airport Tax is equally applicable to Nepalese as well as non-Nepalese citizens flying from Nepal.

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