Nepalis Spend 72.9 Billion Rupees Traveling Abroad

Spending by Nepalis traveling abroad, as well as foreigners traveling in Nepal, have both increased dramatically, the latest report by Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) finds. However, Nepalis traveling abroad spent Rs. 17.7 billion more than tourists traveling in Nepal. The nature of Nepali travel also differs from those of foreign tourists coming here. An increasing number of Nepalis travel as international tourists, but the vast majority are going abroad as students, workers, and other service seekers. The NRB data is for the first 11 months of the fiscal year (Mid- July 2016 to June 2017) which ends, this weekend.

An article on the issue has been published by The Kathmandu Post, today. In it, the Executive Director of NRB is quoted as saying: “This is largely because of a rise in expenditure of Nepalis who travel overseas seeking employment, healthcare, and education services.”

Here are some big numbers from the report published by NRB:

Nepalis Traveling Abroad Spending More Than Foreigners Traveling in Nepal

Figures in Billions, Nepali Rupees

July 2016 – June 2017


Foreigners traveling Nepal
(~US$ 554 Million)


Nepalis traveling abroad
(~ US$ 714 Million)

Nepalis and Foreigners are Both Spending More

(Compared to same time period the year before)

(increase in amount spent in Nepal)


(Increase in amount spent abroad)

Further Studies Big Part of Total Amount Spent Abroad

(In Billions)

Amount Related to Nepalis Studying Abroad