Government charges entry fee to domestic tourists while visiting conservation area

25th Oct, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Oct 25: Domestic tourists of Nepal will have to pay entrance fee while entering to the conservation areas. They will have to pay entry fees to visit the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, Manaslu Conservation Area Project and Gauri Shanker Conservation Area Project.

The federal government on Monday published a directive in the Nepal Gazette fixing the new entry fees for Nepali and foreign tourists visiting the three conservation areas in the Himalaya. According to the directive, Nepalis will have to pay Rs. 100 each to enter the conservation areas, and obtain a permit from the conservation area project counters operating under the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC).

The government has also hiked the entry fees for visitors from the member countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and other foreign nationals. SAARC nationals will have to pay Rs. 1,000, up from Rs. 200 earlier, while other foreign nationals will be charged Rs. 3,000, up from Rs. 2,260 before, including taxes.

The hike in entry fees has angered tourism entrepreneurs and they have criticized the government for increasing the rates without prior information. They have criticized the decision as it will affect the target of meeting 2 million tourists in 2020.