RASUWA, Feb 19: Nearly 18,000 Chinese tourists entered Nepal via Rasuwagadhi border in Rasuwa district in 2017.
According to Immigration Office at Timure, a total of 17,620 Chinese tourists visited Nepal via Rasuwagadhi border in 2017.
According to the statistics provided by the Immigration Office, 342 Chinese tourists visited Nepal via the border point in January, 515 in February, 784 in March, 1,151 in April, 2,953 in May and 2,172 in June. Likewise, 2,463 Chinese entered Nepal via Rasuwagadhi in July, 2,285 in August, 1,944 in September, 1,834 in October, 1,063 in November and 714 in December.
After Rasuwagadhi was declared international border crossing, third country tourists have also started entering the country via the border point. According to the office, 23 tourists from Sweden, 18 from the US, and 17 Denmark, eight from Australia, six from Switzerland, five from German, two from the Netherlands, two from India, and one each from Canada and Russia entered Nepal via this border point in 2017.
Nepal has waived off visa for Chinese tourists. “Though Chinese can get visa of 150 days, most of the Chinese tourists come with a 30-day visa,” according to Manoj Kumar Pokharel, chief of Immigration Office, told Republica.
Data provided by the office shows that 20 to 25 Chinese tourists enter Nepal via Rasuwagadhi border every day.