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Credit (Debit) Cards in Nepal

Credit cards are issued by three banks in Nepal for use in Nepal and India. Two of these banks offer credit cards for international use. For information on the acceptance of credit cards see Money and Banking.

Himalayan Bank - 977-1-425182 (Card Center), 253730 (Reena Thapa)
An international VISA debit card may be obtained after filling out an application at the Thamel or Mahararajgunj Office.

Minimal requirements:

  • A US$ convertible Savings Account with US $50 balance.
  • US $75 yearly fee for Classic VISA or US $100 yearly fee for Gold VISA.
  • A second US$ security account in the amount of credit desired on the card

Note: Both US$ accounts draw 2% interest

Nabil Bank - 977-1-4227181, 4228538
An international Master Card debit card is available from the Kantipath Office. Processing time is 3 to 4 days. Your past account activity may be analyzed and additional credit available above the amount of your secured deposit.

Minimal requirements:

  • A US$ convertible Savings Account to serve as security in the amount of credit desired
  • US $50 one time joining fee
  • US $50 yearly fee

Note: The Savings Account draws 3.75% interest

Nepal Grindlays Bank Limited - 977-1-228474
No internationally excepted cards available. Cards available for use in Nepal and India only.

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