April 19: The provision requiring foreign tourists to possess cash for obtaining on-arrival visa at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) has been revoked for the time being.
It may be noted the Immigration Office at the TIA had issued a notice a few days ago asking tourists to carry cash equivalent to US dollar 200 to obtain on-arrival visa upon landing in Nepal. The office cited that it was facing issues with the electronic payment system and foreign tourists were expected to have cash to get the on-arrival visa.
The notice sparked widespread protest among the public.
The immigration office informed the provision has been removed for the time- being.
TIA manager Prem Nath Thakur confirmed the previous decision has been revoked. It has been learnt that the airport authorities have initiated the process of installing ATM booths of Rastriya Banijya Bank (RBB) at the immigration office since Monday.
According to the Immigration office, two ATM booths and two POS machines are to be added at TIA for convenience of foreign tourists. Prior to this, only one ATM booth of Prabhu Bank was available at the TIA to serve the tourists and the problem surfaced as the machine failed to read master cards. -- RSS