Don’t wear too much gold jewelry in Nepal

Eleventh Golden Week is coming, Nepal’s dry season – the tourist season is also coming soon, the temperature is comfortable, the visibility is high, whether it is ascending to the Himalayas, walking or playing paragliding is the best season. However, Nepal is a country with different cultural customs, laws and regulations and different laws and regulations. If you don’t know enough, you will encounter unexpected troubles. In May this year, a 70-year-old Shanghai old man was detained by Nepal Customs for carrying gold ornaments. Two days in the evening, the group members of the tour group helped to pay a fine of 60,000 yuan, and the old talents were released. The Global Times reporter conducted an interview on local issues of concern to tourists.

A pair of gold bracelets is overrun?

According to the laws of Nepal, if you bring your own jewellery into the house, if the gold exceeds 50 grams and the silver exceeds 100 grams, you can declare it to the customs and deposit it with the customs. You can deposit the jewellery in the airport customs after paying a certain percentage of the price of the gold and silver jewellery. , ask for relevant documents, submit the voucher when leaving the country, and prohibit the carrying of any unprocessed bare gold naked silver.

Although my embassy in Nepal has repeatedly issued relevant travel tips, there are still tourists who do not understand this regulation. Violations have been common in recent years. Many tourists have no concept of 50 grams of gold. A bracelet is about 20 grams, which means that a pair of bracelets is close to or exceeds the upper limit set by Nepal.

About 80% of Nepal’s population believes in Hinduism. Gold represents wealth and auspiciousness in Hindu faith, and believers believe that gold is a metal that brings good luck. The goddess Lakshmi is revered as a god of wealth, fertility and prosperity. She is portrayed as a beautiful woman decorated with gold, wearing a red dress with gold rims, constantly flowing gold from her hands, and the legendary person who believes in her Will get wealth.

Nepalese people like to use gold as a gift or decoration when they are religious holidays or when their daughters are married. Many parents have started to accumulate gold from the girl’s birth and prepare her wedding dowry. And in the vast rural areas, gold as a precious metal can play a role in maintaining value and resisting risks. According to the latest price, Nepal’s gold price is 392.2 yuan per gram, much higher than the domestic 345 yuan, which is also an important reason for Nepal’s strict control of precious metals such as gold.

Bringing excess cash clearance

According to Nepalese law, if you bring in more than US$5,000 or equivalent foreign currency, you should declare it on your own initiative and keep the declaration form for future reference. In Nepal, the popularity of credit card payment is not high. WeChat and Alipay have not legally landed in Nepal. Only a small number of stores support UnionPay. Based on the idea of ​​the poor family, the Chinese always want to bring more cash to prepare for the unexpected. In addition, there are some Chinese who bring in excess cash for business and other needs. There were a lot of incidents involving high-volume cash being seized by customs and imprisoned for high fines. In 2017, Nepalese police arrested six Chinese citizens at one time because they carried a total of 3.15 million yuan.

Some tourists are also used by organizations like “Hawala” (an international organization that smuggles gold and transfers money) to serve as a means of transport for each other. In the Tamil district of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, or the tourist city of Pokhara, there are locals or Kashmiris who associate with Chinese female tourists in the name of love, and then use “the RMB cash exchange for the Nepalese rupee will be lost. Please bring back the Chinese deposit to the bank. On the grounds of transferring to Alipay, I asked my female friend to carry excess cash from Nepal to China. These groups often use friendship, love or small profits to trick tourists into serving them. Therefore, tourists, especially young female tourists, should be vigilant about the stranger’s conversation, and be careful when making friends.

Come and be careful

In recent years, many Chinese young men have come to Nepal to pay dowry and wedding expenses in the form of tourism. In the marriage customs of Nepal, the dowry and wedding expenses are generally provided by the woman, while the Chinese young men generally give a lot of bride price to the woman. Intermediary or trafficking gang.

On August 30 this year, Nepalese police uncovered a multinational human trafficking organization consisting of 10 people, four of whom were Chinese citizens. They were arrested at the airport when they led two Nepalese brides to China. Most of the women victims were from the mountains of northern Nepal. The members of the gang were brought to a house in the Toka area for secret training through fake marriage. They could also video chat with Chinese young men. When the time is ripe, Chinese young men will be invited. Blind date or close relatives. To this end, the man will pay a “ratrix fee” of 1 million rupees (about 64,000 yuan).

According to Chinese law, no domestic marriage agency may engage in or engage in foreign-related marriage introduction business in disguise. If you encounter a marriage introduction in the country, please be vigilant, remember that this is illegal. If you rush to pay the intermediary fee to the local marriage agency, give the woman a family money gift, and the woman’s short time, lack of emotional foundation, and unable to communicate in language, may be regarded as important evidence of suspected trafficking.