In Nepal, TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Card is required to trek in any region. It is implemented to ensure safety and timely rescue of trekkers.
It is a basic visitors card with essential details; such as, photography for identification, name, trekking region, phone number etc. The card is issued in Kathmandu and Pokhara through the offices of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) & Trekkers’ Agencies Association of Nepal. The visit is registered in the central system through TIMS card in the check-posts along the trail.
You must provide a copy of your passport, two passport sized photos and detailed itinerary for applying TIMS Card.
Types of TIMS Card
- FITs need to have Green TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $20 per person
- Group Trekkers need to have Blue TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $10 per person. (Trekkers taking the service of trekking agencies can pay fee for TIMS card in US dollars)
Why is TIMS Card Required?
There have been many cases of tourists getting lost in the wilderness during trekking in the past, therefore, the government along with local trekking authority body decided to implement a central management system to check the status of trekkers en trail, keep record and initiate rescue operations whenever needed.
When isn’t TIMS Card Required?
- Tourists with mountaineering permits issued by the Government/Nepal Mountaineering Association.
- Visitors to controlled areas having permits issued by the Department of Immigration
- Foreign guests invited by the Nepalese Government
- Authorities from the various diplomatic missions present in the country
- Visitors on certain missions recommended by the concerned Governmental Department(s)
- Foreign Nationals possessing a residential visa.
Where is the TIMS Fund used?
1. NTB uses the certain portion of fund for printing TIMS cards, holograms, managing issuing counters and use the remaining amount for tourism marketing, publicity and promotion.
2. The certain portion is utilized in the welfare of trekking workers; buying medical and accident insurance policy and conducting rescue operations in case of accidents. The amount is also used to launch various programs as a part of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and meet administrative expenses.
3. The certain portion is utilized to develop infrastructures, promote, conserve, maintain trekking trails. A substantial amount is also utilized to explore, develop and promote new destinations besides organizing training and workshops for sustainable and responsible tourism development.