I wondered if there had been any improvements in view of the 2011
"Visit Nepal Year" to come :
Tourists leaving from the Kathmandu International airport are routinely hassled by checking the content of all their suitcases very meticulously. This can take up to 30 minutes extra time. Beware that almost any visitor buying any souvenirs in the millions of handicraft shops of Kathmandu will have to provide a receipt for every article they carry. The best would be to encourage all your friends NOT to buy ANYTHING to carry home fr Kathmandu !
This procedure is absolutely NOT related to security checks but mainly to curiosity by airport employees. There are practically no antiques left to buy in Nepal ( they have already long ago been
exported by local dealers ) and the airport staff has not the slightest
idea of what is new and old anyway, so it couldnt be the reason for
this unpleasant and time consuming treatment. Does the airport
authority want to discourage visitors to return to Nepal or to buy anything or do they fear that any illegal local weapons may be leaving
the country ?
By the way the ridiculous aspect of this is that Nobody will check your suitcase as you enter the country !!!
Namaste Nepal !