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Passports, Visas and Other Travel Documents - Himalayan Footsteps

In Summary

We suggest you have the following travel documents when abroad kept safely;
Your passport, sufficient spare passport photos, copies of key pages of your passport, and insurance documentation with the 24hr medical emergency number.


Please make sure that you have a passport that is valid for at least six months from your return date with at least two blank pages. We suggest you take a photocopy or store a scanned copy of your passport in case you lose it.


Obtainable on arrival at Kathmandu Airport or, if you’re from the UK, by applying in advance to the Nepalese Embassy in London. www.nepembassy.org.uk Similar processes exist for other countries.

For travellers from the UK please see the latest information about obtaining a tourist visa from this official website http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk. Similar processes exist for other countries. Extra Indian government permits are required for travel to Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, we take care of this for you, before travelling provide us with a passport photo and a copy of your passport and we arrange the permit clearance.

Tourist visas for Bhutan are obtainable through official tour operators in Bhutan, we take care of this for you. Before travelling provide us with a passport photo and a copy of your passport and we arrange the visa clearance prior to your travel to Bhutan.

Tourist visas/permits for Tibet are obtainable through agencies in Kathmandu, we take care of this for you. We need a copy of your passport well in advance because we have to apply 20 days before you, the customer, arrives in Kathmandu, then we require your original passport for stamping the official visa which will take a further 2 working days.

Other Permits

It may be the case that you require permits on your holiday for things such as visiting monuments, trekking, national parks, and entering controlled areas. Remember to take with you plenty of spare passport size photographs (minimum of 4). Sometimes power cuts, opening times and unavailability at your destination can cause disruption to your itinerary if you don’t carry spare passport size photos.

Travel Insurance

Keep safe the contact details of your insurance company and your policy number. It is mandatory as a Himalayan Footsteps customer to have travel insurance to cover personal accident, medical expenses, helicopter rescue, and emergency repatriation. This is vitally important, as without it you may have difficulties in obtaining medical help. It is also advisable to have a credit card or emergency money as you will be expected to pay for any medical treatment and then claim it back from your insurance company afterwards. You should therefore make sure you have money available for medical care.

Please organise your travel insurance at the time of booking or before you travel.

Award winning cover with great benefits included in every policy!

  • Single trip, Annual trip
  • Pre-existing medical conditions, Over 65’s
  • Basic, standard, and premium levels of cover
  • Many more benefits…